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Pain and Difficulty: A GOOD Gift From God

Many people tend to think that suffering in life is a punishment from God.  The Bible teaches that pain and difficulty is actually God's mercy to us.  God uses the suffering we experience to shape and mold us to become more like Him. 

"He [God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:10-11) 

Being a Christian does not mean that we get a free pass from difficulty.   The Bible is filled with examples of Godly men who suffered despite that fact that they were doing what God told them to do.  It is not the wrath of God to allow us to suffer, but rather his mercy working for our good and ultimate joy.  

"And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

The Wrath of God

(Pt. 1) WE HAVE SINNED, BUT THERE IS MERCY

Everyone loves Easter Bunny Jesus, but no one likes the reality that, in the Scriptures, we visibly see the wrath of God towards sin and rebellion against Him.  All of us have fallen short and deserve eternal separation from God for our sins.    

Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him."

Many times, we try to justify our sin or attempt to make it seem less offensive than it really is.  Here's an example: We tell 'little white lies,' but don't consider ourselves 'liars'.  We're often apathetic about the offense of our sin before God.  Two things that show God's seriousness about sin are: 1. The reality of hell, 2. The slaughter of Jesus on the cross.  Even though we all deserve eternal punishment, God gave us something we don’t deserve: MERCY.  He sent His son (Jesus) to die for all our wrong-doings so that we would be able to spend eternal life with Him.

(Pt. 2) SIN MUST BE PUNISHED

A common argument I hear is, "A God of love wouldn't send people to hell."  If you give Jesus a makeover and separate God’s wrath from His love, you no longer have the message of Christianity anymore.  God’s love and mercy are inseparably linked to His wrath.  Sin infects us and causes carnage in our lives.  Because God loves us, he does not tolerate sinful actions which lead to destruction.  Just as parents discipline their children, God does not overlook our sins.  If God overlooked our sins, He would not only a bad Father, but also an unjust judge.

(Pt. 3) JESUS WILL RETURN

Jesus is coming again one day.  The first time he walked this earth, Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it (John 12:47)."   When He returns (2nd coming), it will NOT be to extend mercy.  The wrath of God is being stored up against those who deny Him (Romans 2:5). 

"From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19:15-16)

You will receive no judgement from me for believing differently, but the Bible does teach that Jesus is the only way to God and those who reject this message will obtain what we all deserve for sinning; separation from God for eternity.  Make a choice to follow Jesus while the offer is still on the table!

Check out this awesome song by Matthew Parker (Carbin Remix) that talks about God's coming judgement:

MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED

I’m not the same person I used to be!  I grew up going to an Episcopal church, but never had a relationship with God.  I had no desire to spend time with Him, worship Him or see lives changed by The Gospel.  When people would invite me to church or Bible study, I would make excuses for why I couldn't go.  Even though I had a good life (a family that loved me, an awesome girlfriend, financially stable), I had little joy in my life.  I wasn’t depressed, I just didn’t have the peace and joy that comes with having a true relationship with God.  MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED when I submitted to Christ.  

Because God changed my life completely, I use my music to inspire everyone to make good use of their lives and live for the Glory of God.  Our lives on this Earth are so short, but when we die, we will live FOR EVER...We will either be a trophy of God’s grace (salvation) or a spectacle of God’s wrath (separation from God forever).  Just like Lecrae says, “some of us ‘gon end up Holy, some of us ‘gon end up hot”.  

I work with old people in nursing homes every day and I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m 90 years old, but it’s just taken so long get here!”  That’s never what they say..They ALWAYS say, “It feels like yesterday when I was 20.  Time passed by so fast.”  Don’t waste your life.  The fullness of life is found in Christ!  

(Colossians 1:13)
"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
(1 Peter 2:9)
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

LIVES CHANGED BY CHRIST

Gary Beltran