Monday, November 19, 2012

The times in which we live, present tribulation as never before.
In response to a letter, I have written words of scriptural encouragement,
which words of God we all need in order to keep enduring.
Here is part of that letter....

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Ec.7:7-10 reads:

"Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason,
And a bribe debases the heart.
The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Do not say,
“Why were the former days better than these?”
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this."

You are under Satanic persecution right now. This brings about stress...This is the reason Satan does it.
He knows that you have perceptive power for righteousness and life. This enrages him, and he surely attacks all these ones.
He knows the truth of Ec.7:7.
We must retain our power of reason, despite Satan's oppression.
How?
Phil.4:6,7 reads:
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Sometimes we become so troubled and tired, that the only thing that can carry us through our distresses (Psalm4:1-8) is Jehovah's spirit, which is compared to being carried by the wings of an eagle (Exo.19:4; Haggai2:5; Isa.40:31; Deut.32:11; Rev.12:14). In being among the "few" to be graced with Truth and Life, we can always focus on some small "thanksgiving" (Phil.4:6). Meditating on this can edify our minds.
 During this period, one of Satan's "missles"/"burning arrows", is to slander and shame us at the hands of those blinded by him (Eph.6:16; Psalm89:50; 69:9; La.3:61; Heb.11:26; 12:2; Rev.11:9,10; Jer.51:7; Rev.18:3; Rev.12:9; 2Thess.2:9,10,11; 2Cor.4:4). This can be very hard to endure (Hab.1:2; Psalm6:3; 135:14; 89:49,50,51; Rev.6:10,11; Rev.13:10).
This will not last long (2Pet.3:10; John16:20,22; 14:18; Zeph.3:19).
Jesus was falsely accused (Psalm69:7; Isa.53:5,11; 1Pet.2:24) and suffered at the hands of the wicked.
We are glorified in the same glory (Rom.8:17) through the same sufferings.

Like Paul, we make many sacrifices both for Truth and for the welfare of others (1Thess.2:7; Col.1:24; 2Cor.12:15).
This usually completely spends us out. (2Tim.4:6; Phil.2:17).
But we have Faith that we do all things for God's glory (Rom.14:8), and that he is faithful in rewarding those who love Him (1Cor.2:9; Heb.6:10; 2Tim.4:8).
We know we are not alone in our tribulations (1Pet.5:9; 2Tim.3:12).
Whatever sacrifice we now make for the sake of Jehovah and Truth, we will be more than compensated and restored (Jer.33:9,10,11; Isa.33:24; Matt.10:42).

Deut.31:6; Exo.14:13; 1Cor.16:13

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