Our Lifesaver

Tribulation, you have been here many times before but this time it’s different. The waves are stronger and the current is rough. Time keeps passing and you’re drifting farther away from the shore. Your arms and legs are getting tired and you’re gasping for air. It feels like you are about to drown so you start to panic. DON’T PANIC! Remember, God’s word is a lifesaver and able to keep you afloat (buoyant). His word is true (Numbers 23:19), so whatever He has told you, have faith and believe it. Keep holding on to God’s word and hold on like you have never held on before.

 

Related scripture:

John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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Don’t Be Offended

(Matthew 13:20-21) “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; {21} Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

In Matthew 13:20-21 Jesus describes in the parable of the sower people who hear the word and quickly receive it with joy, but have no root and once tribulation or persecution occurs they are offended. In the parable of the sower the seed (the word) can fall upon different types of ground. So, we are the ground, the word is the seed, and the seed must take root and grow. How does it take root and grow you may ask? The seed takes root and grows by reading your Bible daily. It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God is your daily food and nutrition for growth. Jesus is the Word as stated in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He also is the root, Isaiah 53:2 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” We see from scripture that Jesus is the Word and the root, so we need to read the Word in order for us to be rooted.

Matthew 13:21 says that once tribulation or persecution occurs these people are offended. For those that think once you become a Christian your life will be all roses, no problems, and no headaches this simply is not true. In John Ch. 15 and continuing in Ch. 16 Jesus talks to His disciples on what to expect in this world after His departure so they wouldn’t be offended (John 16:1 “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.”). Jesus warned them of being thrown out of synagogues and being killed by those who think they are doing the service of God (John 16:2-3). He offered these words of comfort in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

We can look at the testimony of many in the Bible and see that it wasn’t easy to follow Christ. One man in particular, Paul went through much tribulation and persecution. He was beaten, imprisoned, stoned (but survived,Acts 14:19-20), and finally killed for the cause of Christ. The disciples knew that they must continue in the faith and through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) and we must do the same. 2 Timothy 3:12 says; Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. It doesn’t say we might it says we shall, so we must expect it.

Please “Don’t Be Offended” when tribulation and persecution occurs, take the time now to read and study your Bible daily so you can be rooted and grow. Jesus says in Luke 7:23, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

All scriptures are KJV only.