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2 Timothy 3:10-12; 1 Peter 1:3-8; Romans 5:3-4

We should expect difficult situations, to be treated poorly, and, yes, to experience pain and suffering because we've chosen to follow Christ and live a godly life. Now that doesn't sound like much fun, but I can honestly say that even though I haven't enjoyed those difficult situation or painful times, good has come from them. Through some pretty awful situations God has taught and grown me spiritually and ultimately drawn me closer to Him.

How has going through suffering and enduring trials developed your Christian character? What lessons have you learned? Tami

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Keeping our eye on Christ.
That is the key.
The things I am going though and have learned and only because of Christ saving me and opening my eyes to Him, I can look at life differently and do the will of God. When I say the will of God, I am saying our ways are to hurry and to rush through things. If you have read the Bible and experience God and His ways in your life, you know God takes His time. God is not in a rush or hurry. He takes His time to show us things and to teach us things. It is during that time to trust and rely on God and His ways and Not relying on our ways. In the past I use to rush and hurry through things. I was in a panic and I made and forced things to happen and go "my way". I have learned to slow down and wait and trust God to step in and work.
Isiah 55:8,9 "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I've been wheelchair bound now for a little over 39 years (NOTHING compared to what our Lord went through for us!)- the biggest thing I've learned going through trials is to trust & depend upon the Lord (often, we don't understand things... but we must trust Him!)


Jesus said "He who has believed and and has been baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:16) The question remains. Has believed what?


John 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
1. You have to believe the Scriptures.
2. You have to believe Jesus is the Christ.
3. You have to believe Jesus is the Son of God.


Galatians 3:26-27 For you are Sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
1. You have to believe you are Sons of God through faith.
2. You have to believe you were baptized into Christ.


Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
1. We must believe that it is only because of Jesus shedding His blood that we can have forgiveness from our sins.


Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good new about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
1. You have to believe the good news about Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God before you are baptized, not at some future time. There is no record of unbelieving infants being baptized.


1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ,
1. You must believe there is one God.
2. You must believe Jesus Christ is mans only mediator.


John 8:24 'Therefore I said you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
1. You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God.


John 4:41-42.....42....this One is indeed the Savior of the world."
1. You have to believe that Jesus is the Savior of all who will accept Him.


Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
2. You must believe God resurrected Jesus from the grave.


John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through
1. You must believe Jesus is the truth.
2. You must believe He is the only way to the Father.


Acts 15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
1. You must believe you are saved because of God's grace and not because of keeping the Law of Moses or your good deeds.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and is a rewarder of the those who seek Him.
1. You must believe that God exists.
2. You must believe that God rewards those who seek Him.


1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus.


Acts 4:12 And there is salvation is no one else; for there is no name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
1. You must believe that Jesus is the only Savior.


Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"41 So then, those who had received the his word were baptized; and that day there added about three thousand souls.
1. They believe Peter's word. Peter's word was, that Jesus was Lord and Christ and that God raised Him from the grave. Peter told the believers to repent and be baptized in water so their sins could be forgiven. (Acts 2:22-38)


Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved...
Why do men not believe what Jesus said?
Why do men not believe teaching of the apostles?
Jesus said this to some Jews. John 8:45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me......47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

When Jesus said "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, was He telling the truth? Why do men not believe that?

The words of Jesus was that of the Father. The words of the apostles were the words of Jesus. To reject the words of Jesus and the words of the apostles is to reject the word of God the Father.

John 14:24 He who does nor love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.

The words of the apostles, including the apostle Paul's, came from Jesus.

John 14:25-26 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. . 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I said to you.
Galatians 1:1-12 1 Paul, an apostle.....12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.


They believed Jesus when He said "Who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved"

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One of the things we learn through the hard times is that we can count on the Lord never to leave or forsake us. When we can realize what He's already brought us through, we'll know we can trust Him with the next thing, whatever it may be.

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