Be Patient in Tribulation - Rom. 12:12

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"God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain." – C.S. Lewis

            If there was a topic that I could preach on which flies in the face of modern “feel good preaching” it would be the topic of God’s sanctification tool known as tribulation. Tribulation isn’t always persecution necessarily; it is more the idea of a trying time. Probably the most common non-persecution type of tribulation in the Bible is the famine.

            In our Gospel communities if they are to be healthy we are to have a healthy understanding of what the Christ truly promised us, and not the hype of man made Worship. Jesus never promised us a “good time” or “material blessings that we might claim.” Jesus promised the direct opposite to these false Gospels (Mat. 10:16.) If Jesus the king of the universe was not living within a “claimed blessed life” then why should we think that we’ll get anything different. If we remain focused on Christ’s life and the Cross, we will remain God centered and properly ready for the Kingdom’s sake (Matt. 27:24-3.)

            We are called Christian’s for we are to be like Christ. In Mathew 10:16-25 Jesus reminds the believers that they are chosen by him, for a purpose of making him Known. The manner in which they are given the chance to make Him known is through persecution. So when these trials come, we must remember the purpose for them, and our task in spite of them (2 Cor. 1:9-11; 12:9-10; James
1:2-4; Romans 5:1-5.)

            A healthy Gospel community will be caught up in the Fruit of the Spirit if they are genuine thus yielding the strength to endure, “Peace, Patience, Goodness…” What is your Gospel community known for? I hope whatever community I am given the chance to pastor will be one known as long-suffering, but Good and Gracious – properly showing the Christ to the World. 

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