Bible Study: Why Do Christians Suffer? Esteeming the Word
Why so many Christians suffer and fail to live the blessed, prosperous, healthy life of victory that is promised in the Word of God. Learn what it means to esteem the Word of God in this summary of the Audio CD "Esteeming the Word"
• Why Do Christians suffer?
An Important Question:
This commercial starts with an innocent young couple on the verge of using their credit card to make a purchase. Suddenly a fierce hoard of barbarians descends upon them with the obvious intention of doing what barbarians do: harm them.
Fortunately the young couple is able to thwart the barbarian hoard's evil intentions by using the trusty credit card issued by this certain company. The barbarians retreat - but during their retreat one of the barbarians asks the viewer: "What's in your wallet?"
The point of the commercial is this:
Unfortunately many Christians make the WRONG choice day-after-day, over and over again. They do the same thing - in the same way - time and time again - always HOPING for DIFFERENT results - but NEVER seeing them.
An Ongoing Problem
Yes, there are occasional spurts of miraculous intervention - and this is usually because its the only way God can get thru to them. I compare this to a person who VISITS the Promised Land - but never actually MOVES there.
Naturally, these dear Christians have a million reasons as to WHY they experience the failures that they do. But despite the fact that they fail time and time again - and despite the fact that their prayer results are "hit-and-miss" at best - and despite the fact that they are no closer today than they were yesterday to actually getting RESULTS - they just keep on doing the same thing in the same way day after day.
Do you know someone like that?
The Bible says that this type of Christian opposes themselves because they have been deceived - and have been taken captive by the devil at his will [2Tm:2:25-26].
Did you notice that the word does NOT say that it is the devil's fault? Nope! For this type of Christian - it is they who oppose themselves!
Yes - believe it or not - the WORD states clearly that a Christian CAN be taken captive by the enemy - if they ALLOW it.
How does this happen?
Simply put - They are their own worst enemy!
I know that in this age of religious tolerance that this sounds harsh - but the truth is that NOTHING will change for this type of person - EVER!
They can 'believe' God' all they want - but it will do no good. They can 'hope for the best' until the cows come home - but it will do no good.... Nothing will CHANGE - EVER - until THEY do.
The answer is found in Romans Chapter 12 verse 2:
This scripture tell us that things CAN change - they CAN improve - but the responsibility lies directly with us.
It is only when WE change the way we THINK - that everything else will change. When we RENEW our mind and bring our thoughts into line with the Word - then things will begin to change (be transformed).
Why is this so?
You see, the world does NOT esteem the Word of God. Whether it be the 'written' word, or that which is spoken directly to individuals by the SPIRIT of God - they ignore it: and by ignoring it they experience the consequences - And if we treat the Word of God the same way the world does - we are also subject to the same consequences.
But, when we stop approaching the WORD of God like the WORLD does - and submit ourselves to the WORD - and the leading of the SPIRIT - then we will have the RESULTS that the Word promises.
Do you want change?
How important is this?
Begin to make it a PRIORITY to listen to - and be LED by the WORD of God. Don't allow anything to be more important than getting the knowledge that you NEED.
Once YOU begin to submit yourself to the Lord - [obeying both the written word, AND the leading of the Spirit], you will be astonished at how
easily the promises manifest themselves.
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