Why do good people suffer?

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

I know things are getting very difficult and times are getting very hard. In times like this it can cause doubt or even get us to question our faith in God and cause many doubts. Many in bible times have become confused when they were suffering. It may even seem as if you lost favor with God. God is not unjust he remembers the work we have done for him. So I am going to discuss just why people suffer , even good people will suffer. Jesus and the apostles and many of God’s prophets suffered. So understanding why this occurs can help strengthen our faith. (Hebrews 6:9-12) . . .. 10 For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones. 11 But we desire each one of you to show the same industriousness so as to have the full assurance of the hope down to the end, 12 so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The bible does not say if we suffer tribulation but when. We are all imperfect and fall short of God. Sometimes our own sins ruin our lives and harm others, sometimes others sins harm themselves and others. Those who put more trust in the world harm the most people. For example some may appear to have a form of Godly devotion but will put worldly things like money, material possessions, power or popularity before their worship of God. Things like that will drown out any love for God and make them more prone to committing sins that can harm others. A good example of this can be found in the bible. Joseph was promised authority that his brothers felt should be given to them because they were older. Because of this they sinned and were going to kill him, instead they sold him into slavery. By doing our best to do what God would want us to do and keeping him first in our lives we prevent things like this from pushing our love and faith for God out of our hearts. This did not stop God’s plans for Joseph and he eventually was put in a position of authority in Egypt and he used this position of authority to protect and help save Israel during hard times. The bible tells us we can be tried by our own sins or by others sins. Joseph was tried by his brothers sins.

Sometimes a person’s overconfidence can cause them to sin which can bring harm to others. The scribes and pharisees were overly proud and overly confident. They looked down on others, they would put themselves in prominent places to put on a show, thought they knew God’s word well but they did not understand it’s meaning and thought memorizing God’s word was enough. This drove them to persecute Jesus and eventually led to him being persecuted and killed. This did not stop God’s plans but actually fulfilled them because Jesus died sinless he defeated the lies that brought death on man and God promoted him and he is now our king in heaven sitting on the heavenly throne. The bible tells us he has been given authority over everything but God himself, so when it is time for him to set matters straight he will have the power and authority to do so.

When we are ill this is when we really need to stick to God because this is when we will have a tendency to be overconfident and start leaning on our own understanding because it is difficult to think clearly. We may even have issues that cause us to think things we ought not to think. This occurred with me. To prevent it from getting the best of me I wrote scriptures down and hung them on my wall to continually remind me so I would not act on things. For example the brain swelling caused me rage and also caused me to start mistrusting many people. It caused me to have episodes of anger. I wrote on notes why this was occurring and scriptures that could help me to overcome this. Knowing why this was occurring helped me find comfort because I knew once I healed these things would no longer occur. I was very fortunate because during those times I had Facebook friends who were patient enough to work with me even though I would get irrational and a bit mean at times. They guided me and taught me how to heal. When dealing with something like this it is very helpful to get guidance from someone who truly understands what you are going through. If not you could cause harm to your life and others. By not seeking help we are putting confidence in ourselves. God would want us to take any measures necessary to not let him or ourselves down.

The example we have of the most harm brought on man by sin is Adam and Eve sinning. They not only brought on death but much suffering on man. They listened to Satan’s lies and believeed they did not need God to guide them and they could decide things for themselves. They also did not believe they would die. This brought death and suffering on man. Those were the original lies told in the garden. But Satan also accuses those who put their faith in God. He accuses them of only loving God because he blesses and protects them. Satan destroyed Jobs life, he took Job’s family, all Job owned and even his health from him to try and prove his accusations against Job. This did not shake Job’s faith and love for God. Job’s trust, love and faith in God was rewarded many times over what Satan had taken from him. What opened the door for Job to be attacked by Satan. Job had been overly prideful to the point he believe he did not sin. Because of this he accused God of being unjust for leaving these things occur to him. Elihu was the only one to state the truth about Job and was not afraid of offending Job, though he comforted Job first explaining that his words my not set well with Job he still told Job what he needed to hear and not what he wanted to. Job was speaking of flaws he believed God had. When Elihu and Jehovah set Job straight Job repented and God blessed him many times over. But some may say didn’t God say Job was righteous? No God did not, he said Job holds fast to integrity and is upright. God did not say Job was without sin. The bible tells us we all sin and fall short of God because of our inherited imperfections. It is why we need to read Gods word and reflect in the perfect mirror of God’s word to make us more aware of our short comings so we can continually work to draw closer to God. When being tried by Satan it can make us aware of short comings we have and this is when we should do all we can to overcome them and prove Satan’s accusations wrong.

We are living in the last days. We are warned people would appear to have a form of Godly devotion but prove false to it’s power. So there will be many who seem to love God but they will give in to their imperfection instead of constantly working to overcome the m. This behavior causes resentment, hatred, anger, a lack of affection, it makes a person prideful, they will put things like money or pride over obedience to God. Things like that not only causes a person to fall short but also cause others to be hurt. The bible warned this is how a variety of sects arise because people would gather ones that would scratch their itchy ears instead of telling them what they needed to hear. Surely we would not want to be like those the bible mentions in the last days. People who did those things are the very people who persecuted and killed Jesus. Would we want to imitate their behavior. Their may be things in the bible that hearts our conscience. If this occurs we should reflect on why this occurs and what actions we can take to correct that. This may not be guilt we feel on our part but it may expose something about someone we care about. If the scriptures reveals something about someone we care about we should talk to them. If they do not respond and they share our beliefs we should talk to those spiritually qualified to talk to the person. I would rather a friend get upset with me then for them to lose their gift of eternal life that is promised to those who worship God with their whole soul and their whole heart. In times past God’s own people killed and harmed his prophets because they wanted to follow after their own hearts instead of obeying God. (2 Timothy 3:1-7) 3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.) , (2 Timothy 4:3-5) 3 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled. 4 They will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories. 5 You, though, keep your senses in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.), (1 Timothy 4:1-5) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth. 4 For every creation of God is fine, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer over it.

This is why the bible did not say if we suffer tribulation but when. It is very important to do our best to let God guide us when we do. I know it is difficult to understand why God would let bad things happen to good people but we have to keep in mind we are all being accused by Satan, we all are sinful. If we let God guide all we do then we store up treasures in heaven which no one can take away. All the things on earth will be gone soon and so will many of the powerful people that many put their trust in. By sticking to God when we endure the trials and tribulation we will not only prove Satan’s accusations wrong and we will store up treasures in heaven which gives us hope in the future promises God has given us and one of them would be life with no fear of death. Things are rapidly winding down and just as Satan did not give Job a chance to recover before another messenger appeared with bad news many of us will experience similar things. Some already have and may be tired but if we endure to the end we will be rewarded a reward worth more then any treasures on earth. Some of us may die, even if that does occur we do not have to worry. Jesus defeated death, if we remain faithful and loyal to the end God will remember us during the resurrection. Not even death can separate us from the love of Jesus and the Love of God. Those who survive this wicked system or who are resurrected to a resurrection of life will not suffer again because those who have caused all the suffering and refused to repent will be destroyed and experience the second death during the time of judgment so they will never be able to cause pain and suffering again.

I know it is difficult to suffer. Some have suffered most of their lives. But compared to living in a paradise new earth forever the short amount of time we live now is nothing compared to an eternity of happiness. The bible tells us There will be no more wars, illness, suffering or tears of sadness. The bible tells us before we are finished prying God will answer our prayers in the new system. We are told the good memories will cause us to forget the bad. And most of all death will be no more so we will get to see loved ones we have lost in death. Satan and the demons will be destroyed and will not be able to corrupt man or to accuse man anymore. Because of Satan, man relying on their own understanding and the corruption many suffer from the time they are born. This was something Job noticed and wondered how a righteous God could watch things like that happen. We have to keep in mind, God is the judge we are not. He is being patient and giving others a chance to change and repent.

One thing I do want to clarify there is a difference between being tested and being tried. Satan tries us, he tries to overwhelm us and even isolate us to get us to depend on our own understanding instead of God. In doing so he is trying to weekend us so we will act on our imperfections. In times of trials and tribulation we need to be more aware of our short comings and try even harder to avoid situations that could cause us to act on them or to takes steps that would prevent this from occurring. As for being tested God gives us his word. He knows what is in our hearts. He will let us be tempted but has prepared us by giving us his word and providing ones to help give us spiritual food and guide us. Satan hopes you fail when being tried but God hopes you succeed. Satan tries to make you fail God helps you when being tested and wants you to succeed. God desires none to be destroyed and every life lost because they are disobedient does not make him happy. Those who disobey God have no excuse he gave us all we needed to learn how to have faith in him, and how to please him, love him and be obedient so we can enjoy life on the new earth. We just need to hang on a little longer better times are very very near.

One more issue we need to discuss. Satan made many accusations about God and about man. If God interfered and did not let things run their course then Satan could say see I told you God was hiding things from man. He could say God did not let things run their course because he knew it would prove he was right. By letting the lies completely play out the lies in the garden and the accusations Satan makes against those who love God and try their best to be obedient will get proven wrong. This does not leave any doubt. Man has tried every form of government and we have failed miserably. We have not been able to do away with death and illness as a matter of fact death and chronic illness are more rampant on the earth now then ever before. As time goes on man becomes more corrupt and errors more. The more man leans on their own understanding the worse we are making things. As the end of mans rule comes closer and closer many of us will suffer but we need not fear or give up. We have the future hope given to us in the bible and these things are very very near. (Jeremiah 10:23) 23 I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.) , (Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm. , (Micah 7:3) Their hands are expert at doing what is bad; The prince is making demands, The judge asks for a reward, The prominent one makes known his desires, And they work it out together.

(James 1:12-15) 12 Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him. 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone. 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(Proverbs 16:18, 19) 18 Pride is before a crash, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 Better to be humble among the meek Than to share the spoil of the haughty.

(Luke 18:9-14) 9 He also told this illustration to some who trusted in their own righteousness and who considered others as nothing: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and began to pray these things to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like everyone else—extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give the tenth of all things I acquire.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing at a distance, was not willing even to raise his eyes heavenward but kept beating his chest, saying, ‘O God, be gracious to me, a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home and was proved more righteous than that Pharisee. Because everyone who exalts himself will be humiliated, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

(Ecclesiastes 7:16-18) 16 Do not be overly righteous, nor show yourself excessively wise. Why should you bring ruin to yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked, nor be foolish. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is best to grasp one warning without letting go of the other; for the one who fears God will heed them both.

(1 Corinthians 15:22-28) 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence. 24 Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. 27 For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. 28 But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone.
(Romans 6:16) Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?

(John 8:42-47) 42 Jesus said to them: “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I have not come of my own initiative, but that One sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot listen to my word. 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie. 45 Because I, on the other hand, tell you the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Who of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why is it that you do not believe me? 47 The one who is from God listens to the sayings of God. This is why you do not listen, because you are not from God.”

(Genesis 37:18-28) 18 Now they caught sight of him from a distance, and before he reached them, they began plotting against him to put him to death. 19 So they said to one another: “Look! Here comes that dreamer. 20 Come, now, let us kill him and pitch him into one of the waterpits, and we will say that a vicious wild animal devoured him. Then let us see what will become of his dreams.” 21 When Reuʹben heard this, he tried to rescue him from them. So he said: “Let us not take his life.” 22 Reuʹben said to them: “Do not shed blood. Throw him into this waterpit in the wilderness, but do not harm him.” His purpose was to rescue him from them in order to return him to his father. 23 So as soon as Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped Joseph of his robe, the special robe that he wore, 24 and they took him and threw him into the waterpit. At the time the pit was empty; there was no water in it. 25 Then they sat down to eat. When they looked up, there was a caravan of Ishʹma·el·ites coming from Gilʹe·ad. Their camels were carrying labdanum gum, balsam, and resinous bark, and they were on their way down to Egypt. 26 At this Judah said to his brothers: “What profit would there be if we killed our brother and covered over his blood? 27 Come, now, let us sell him to the Ishʹma·el·ites, and do not let our hand be upon him. After all, he is our brother, our flesh.” So they listened to their brother. 28 And when the Midʹi·an·ite merchants were passing by, they lifted Joseph up out of the waterpit and sold him to the Ishʹma·el·ites for 20 pieces of silver. These men took Joseph into Egypt.

(Genesis 47:21-28) 21 Then he moved the people into cities, from one end of the territory of Egypt to its other end. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, because the rations for the priests were from Pharʹaoh and they lived on their rations that Pharʹaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people: “See, I have today bought you and your land for Pharʹaoh. Here is seed for you, and you must sow the land with it. 24 When it produces, give a fifth to Pharʹaoh, but four parts will be yours as seed for the field and as food for you and for those in your houses and for your children to eat.” 25 So they said: “You have preserved our lives. Let us find favor in the eyes of my lord, and we will become slaves to Pharʹaoh.” 26 Then Joseph made it a decree, which is valid until today over the land of Egypt, that a fifth belongs to Pharʹaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharʹaoh’s. 27 Israel continued to dwell in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goʹshen, and they settled in it and were fruitful and increased greatly. 28 And Jacob lived on in the land of Egypt for 17 years, so that the days of Jacob’s life came to be 147 years.

(Job 2:2-8) 2 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Where have you come from?” Satan answered Jehovah: “From roving about on the earth and from walking about in it.” 3 And Jehovah said to Satan: “Have you taken note of my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth. He is an upright man of integrity, fearing God and shunning what is bad. He is still holding firmly to his integrity, even though you try to incite me against him to destroy him for no reason.” 4 But Satan answered Jehovah: “Skin for skin. A man will give everything that he has for his life. 5 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike his bone and flesh, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” 6 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! He is in your hand! Only do not take his life!” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, and he was sitting among the ashes.

(Job 40:1-8) 40 Jehovah continued to answer Job:  2 “Should a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let the one who wants to reprove God answer.”  3 Job said in answer to Jehovah:  4 “Look! I am unworthy. What can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.  5 I spoke once, but I will not answer again; Twice, but I will say no more.”  6 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the windstorm:  7 “Brace yourself, please, like a man; I will question you, and you inform me.  8 Will you call into question my justice? Will you condemn me so that you may be right?

(James 5:9-11) . . .. 10 Brothers, take as a pattern of the suffering of evil and the exercising of patience the prophets who spoke in the name of Jehovah. 11 Look! We consider happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful.

(Job 33:8-17) 8 But you said in my hearing, Yes, I kept hearing these words,  9 ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, without error. 10 But God finds reasons to oppose me; He considers me his enemy. 11 He puts my feet in stocks; He scrutinizes all my paths.’ 12 But you are not right in saying this, so I will answer you: God is far greater than mortal man. 13 Why do you complain against Him? Is it because he did not answer all your words? 14 For God speaks once and a second time, But no one pays attention, 15 In a dream, a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon people While they sleep in their beds. 16 Then he uncovers their ears And impresses his instruction upon them, 17 To turn a person away from wrongdoing And to protect a man from pride.

(John 16:32, 33) . . .. 33 I have said these things to you so that by means of me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world.”

(Matthew 4:3) And the Tempter approached and said to him: “If you are a son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
(2 Corinthians 11:3) But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by its cunning, your minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-7) 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. 5 For just as the sufferings for the Christ abound in us, so the comfort we receive through the Christ also abounds. 6 Now if we face trials, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are being comforted, it is for your comfort, which acts to help you to endure the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And our hope for you is unwavering, knowing as we do that just as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

(Revelation 2:10, 11) 10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’

(Revelation 21:8) But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This means the second death.”

(Matthew 24:9-14) 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Matthew 6:19-24) 19 “Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. 23 But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is! 24 “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches.

(2 Peter 3:11-14) 11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12 as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt in the intense heat! 13 But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell. 14 Therefore, beloved ones, since you are awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace.

(Isaiah 2:4)  4 He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore.

(Isaiah 35:5-7)  5 At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.  7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested, There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.

(Isaiah 65:23-25) 23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them. 24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.

(Isaiah 26:19) 19 “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.

(2 Peter 3:9, 10) 9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. 10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.
(Romans 1:24-27) 24 Therefore, God, in keeping with the desires of their hearts, gave them up to uncleanness, so that their bodies might be dishonored among them. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 26 That is why God gave them over to disgraceful sexual passion, for their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; 27 likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error.

(1 Kings 19:9, 10) 9 There he entered a cave and spent the night; and look! Jehovah’s word came to him, telling him: “What are you doing here, E·liʹjah?” 10 To this he said: “I have been absolutely zealous for Jehovah the God of armies; for the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, your altars they have torn down, and your prophets they have killed with the sword, and I am the only one left. Now they are seeking to take my life away.. . .

Better times are near but it won’t be easy.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry i am a lousy editor.

If you are following the path Jesus laid you will be persecuted by Satan and the world. The persecution is not always obvious. Sometimes it is the subtle things that are the most effective because the little and subtle things is when we tend to rely on our own understanding instead of God. Satan and his people are always subtle the blatant attacks are always obvious and life experience has taught me when he does attack us he usually sends and angel of light to try and trick us into falling short of God. We have to prepare ourselves and make sure of the little things so we cannot be misled.

Jesus left love guide all he did. He even left love guide how he responded to those who persecuted him, falsely accused him and even threatened him. Jesus promised peace to those who followed the path he laid out for us. It did not mean there would be peace with the world because he warned the world would hate those who chose to be not part of it and even stated those who chose to be no part of the world would be treated the same as he was. They would be hated , persecuted and even killed. The peace that Jesus was talking about is a peace between God and those who follow the path Jesus laid out and a peace in our minds and heart. This peace is from knowing no matter what happens to us even death we cannot be separated from the love of God and the love of Jesus.

Things are rapidly winding down. Very soon money and precious metals will have no value. Material wealth will not protect those who did not listen to the warnings and who did not put their faith in God and Jesus. Once all these things are gone what will those ones have. Those who have faith in God and trust Jesus as our king sitting on the heavenly throne, have the hope given to us in the bible of the new earth were righteousness is to dwell. That is something that is forever and cannot be taken away from those God rewards. But the things of the world will be gone soon and then what hope do those who put their faith in them have after the things they put their faith in are gone. When we see this system collapsing it will increase our hope but they have no hope which is sad. We worked very hard to warn them. Things are rapidly winding down which is giving us more hope but they are trembling in fear as the things they put their trust and faith is are slowly being done away with one at a time. Our foundation of faith is on Jesus who is the chief corner stone. He showed us the way.

We will suffer, and more so as this system winds down. Satan , and the demons know they have very little time left. They, and their people are going to turn on God’s people very soon. When this occurs it will not go well for them. We will have to go into hiding, some will have to flee to various places. Many of us will lose all we have. But in the new system all those things will be replaced many times over. Very soon if we endure to the end we will get to see loved ones we have lost in death. Also we have the confidence that those things will not occur again and the original purpose for the earth will be fulfilled. When God put Adam and Eve in the garden they were told to make the whole earth like that. We do not have a word that accurately describes what the world for the garden of Eden meant but the closest meaning would be comparable to the word we use for amusement park. We also know that the bad memories will be replaced by good memories. Jesus ransom sacrifice restored the ability for us to be closer to God and for those who obey him and put their trust in him to be at peace with him and in doing so enjoy an inner peace even when things seem hopeless.

We do need to prepare though. Some of us will lose all we have. Some will be imprisoned, some will have to flee not knowing what to expect but we do know no matter what happens God has our backs and even death will not separate us from the love of Jesus and the love of God. The things that the world is putting their trust in will be gone soon and so will their hope. By putting our hope in God and the heavenly kingdom with Jesus as our ruler no matter what happens we still have hope. Some will have to flee and some will have to go into hiding. The greatest outcome of all of this is God’s name will be vindicated because all the lies spoken against him will have been completely proven to be wrong.

We have to keep in mind even some of the elite will be deceived and follow their heart instead of Jehovah and will start to put their trust in man. As this occurs we just need to be patient we know what Jehovah requires and he will set matters straight. He always exposes who can be trusted and who cannot be before he leaves his people receive the promises he has given them. Though it may seem like the truth is being tainted it is not he is exposing who trust him and who will follow their heart. He would only want those he can trust to lead his people through the great tribulation. God does not die and the heavenly kingdom will be here forever so that is where our trust and faith should be not in things that will pass away. By the time those who chose to side with the beast realize what is happening it will be too late their end is near. The worlds opinions and ideas frequently change but God is consistent and does not change so we know what to expect and what to do when it comes to worshiping him and we know what to expect for the final outcome.

(Matthew 5:43-48) 43 “You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? 47 And if you greet your brothers only, what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing? 48 You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(Romans 12:17-21) 17 Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. 19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.” 20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” 21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.

(1 Peter 3:9-12) 9 Do not pay back injury for injury or insult for insult. Instead, repay with a blessing, for you were called to this course, so that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For “whoever would love life and see good days must guard his tongue from bad and his lips from speaking deception. 11 Let him turn away from what is bad and do what is good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of Jehovah are on the righteous, and his ears listen to their supplication, but the face of Jehovah is against those doing bad things.”

(Leviticus 19:18) 18 “‘You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people, and you must love your fellow man as yourself. I am Jehovah.

(Luke 6:27-31) 27 “But I say to you who are listening: Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, 28 to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your outer garment, do not withhold the inner garment either. 30 Give to everyone asking you, and from the one taking your things away, do not ask them back. 31 “Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.

Apostle Paul glorified God and focused on how he could do so during times of weakness or trials.

(2 Corinthians 12:7-10) . . .To keep me from becoming overly exalted, I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan, to keep slapping me, so that I might not be overly exalted. 8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.

Nothing they do can seperate us from God’s love but it is what we do that can cause that to happen.

(Romans 8:35-39) 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Matthew 6:14, 15) 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 whereas if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(James 2:12, 13) . . .. 13 For the one who does not practice mercy will have his judgment without mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

(Acts 22:6-11) 6 “But as I was traveling and getting near to Damascus, about midday, suddenly out of heaven a great light flashed all around me, 7 and I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 I answered: ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me: ‘I am Jesus the Naz·a·reneʹ, whom you are persecuting.’ 9 Now the men who were with me did see the light, but they did not hear the voice of the one speaking to me. 10 At that I said: ‘What should I do, Lord?’ The Lord said to me: ‘Rise, go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything it is appointed for you to do.’ 11 But since I could not see anything because of the glory of that light, I arrived in Damascus led by the hand of those who were with me.

(1 Corinthians 15:9-11) 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and I am not worthy of being called an apostle, because I persecuted the congregation of God. 10 But by God’s undeserved kindness I am what I am. And his undeserved kindness to me was not in vain, but I labored more than all of them; yet it was not I, but the undeserved kindness of God that is with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is the way we preach, and this is the way you believed.

(Mark 10:29-31) 29 Jesus said: “Truly I say to you, no one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the good news 30 who will not get 100 times more now in this period of time—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the coming system of things, everlasting life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

(John 15:17-21) 17 “These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. 20 Keep in mind the word I said to you: A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21 But they will do all these things against you on account of my name, because they do not know the One who sent me.

(1 Peter 2:21-25) 21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth. 23 When he was being insulted, he did not insult in return. When he was suffering, he did not threaten, but he entrusted himself to the One who judges righteously. 24 He himself bore our sins in his own body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live to righteousness. And “by his wounds you were healed.” 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.

(1 Peter 5:6-11) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. 11 To him be the might forever. Amen.

(James 3:17, 18) 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. 18 Moreover, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace.

(Philippians 4:4-7) 4 Always rejoice in the Lord. Again I will say, Rejoice! 5 Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.

(John 14:25-27) 25 “I have spoken these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you. 27 I leave you peace; I give you my peace. I do not give it to you the way that the world gives it. Do not let your hearts be troubled nor let them shrink out of fear.

(Ephesians 2:13-18) . . .. 14 For he is our peace, the one who made the two groups one and destroyed the wall in between that fenced them off. 15 By means of his flesh he abolished the enmity, the Law of commandments consisting in decrees, in order to make the two groups in union with himself into one new man and to make peace, 16 and to reconcile fully both peoples in one body to God through the torture stake, because he had killed off the enmity by means of himself. 17 And he came and declared the good news of peace to you who were far off, and peace to those near, 18 because through him we, both peoples, have free access to the Father by one spirit.

(Genesis 3:15) 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”

(Colossians 3:15-17) 15 Also, let the peace of the Christ rule in your hearts, for you were called to that peace in one body. And show yourselves thankful. 16 Let the word of the Christ reside in you richly in all wisdom. Keep on teaching and encouraging one another with psalms, praises to God, spiritual songs sung with gratitude, singing in your hearts to Jehovah. 17 Whatever it is that you do in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, thanking God the Father through him. . .

(Romans 8:26, 27) 26 In like manner, the spirit also joins in with help for our weakness; for the problem is that we do not know what we should pray for as we need to, but the spirit itself pleads for us with unuttered groanings. 27 But the one who searches the hearts knows what the meaning of the spirit is, because it is pleading in harmony with God for the holy ones.

(Hebrews 13:1-3) 13 Let your brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget hospitality, for through it some unknowingly entertained angels. 3 Keep in mind those in prison, as though you were imprisoned with them, and those being mistreated, since you yourselves also are in the body.

(Hebrews 11:1-4) 11 Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen. 2 For by means of it, the men of ancient times had witness borne to them. 3 By faith we perceive that the systems of things were put in order by God’s word, so that what is seen has come into existence from things that are not visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a sacrifice of greater worth than that of Cain, and through that faith he received the witness that he was righteous, for God approved his gifts, and although he died, he still speaks through his faith.

(1 Corinthians 3:18-20) 18 Let no one deceive himself: If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this system of things, let him become a fool, so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it is written: “He catches the wise in their own cunning.” 20 And again: “Jehovah knows that the reasonings of the wise men are futile.”

(Isaiah 29:15) 15 Woe to those who go to great lengths to conceal their plans from Jehovah. Their deeds are done in a dark place, While they say: “Who sees us? Who knows about us?”

(1 Peter 4:7, 8) . . .. 8 Above all things, have intense love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

(Proverbs 10:12) Hatred is what stirs up contentions, But love covers over all transgressions.

(Proverbs 17:9) Whoever forgives a transgression seeks love, But the one who keeps harping on a matter separates close friends.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6 It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(Matthew 7:24-27) 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and lashed against that house, but it did not cave in, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and struck against that house, and it caved in, and its collapse was great.”

(Revelation 11:18) 18 But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

(Genesis 6:9-12) . . .Noah was a righteous man. He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries. Noah walked with the true God. 10 In time Noah became father to three sons, Shem, Ham, and Jaʹpheth. 11 But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined; all flesh had ruined its way on the earth.

(Isaiah 26:20-27:1) 20 Go, my people, enter your inner rooms, And shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a brief moment Until the wrath has passed by. 21 For look! Jehovah is coming from his place To call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error, And the land will expose her bloodshed And will no longer cover over her slain.” 27 In that day Jehovah, with his harsh and great and strong sword, Will turn his attention to Le·viʹa·than, the gliding serpent, To Le·viʹa·than, the twisting serpent, And he will kill the monster that is in the sea.

(2 Peter 3:5-10) 5 For they deliberately ignore this fact, that long ago there were heavens and an earth standing firmly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and that by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was flooded with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are reserved for fire and are being kept until the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly people. 8 However, do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. 9 Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. 10 But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be exposed.

(Hebrews 12:25-29) 25 See that you do not refuse to listen to the one who is speaking. For if those who refused to listen to the one giving divine warning on earth did not escape, how much more will we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from the heavens! 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised: “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.” 27 Now the expression “yet once more” indicates the removal of the things that are shaken, things that have been made, in order that the things not shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, seeing that we are to receive a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us continue to receive undeserved kindness, through which we may acceptably offer God sacred service with godly fear and awe. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

(Zephaniah 1:18-2:3) 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury; For by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be consumed, Because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.” 2 Gather together, yes, gather yourselves, O nation that feels no shame.  2 Before the decree takes effect, Before the day passes by like chaff, Before the burning anger of Jehovah comes upon you, Before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes upon you,  3 Seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth, Who observe his righteous decrees. Seek righteousness, seek meekness. Probably you will be concealed on the day of Jehovah’s anger.

(Proverbs 11:4) Wealth will be of no benefit on the day of fury, But righteousness is what will rescue from death.

(Ezekiel 7:19) “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will become abhorrent to them. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury. They will not be satisfied, nor will they fill their stomachs, for it has become a stumbling block causing their error.

(Matthew 16:24-28) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and keep following me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 Really, what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of man is to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will repay each one according to his behavior. 28 Truly I say to you that there are some of those standing here who will not taste death at all until first they see the Son of man coming in his Kingdom.”

(2 Peter 3:11-13) 11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12 as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt in the intense heat! 13 But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.

(Matthew 24:19-22) . . .! 20 Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

(Joel 2:31, 32) The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood Before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, just as Jehovah has said, The survivors whom Jehovah calls.”

(Revelation 7:13, 14) In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

(Ezekiel 38:23) 23 And I will certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.’

(1 Thessalonians 5:1-5) . . .. 2 For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. 3 Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape. 4 But you, brothers, you are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you as it would thieves, 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We belong neither to night nor to darkness.

(Jeremiah 8:11, 12) 11 And they try to heal the breakdown of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, “There is peace! There is peace!” When there is no peace. 12 Do they feel ashamed of the detestable things they have done? They feel no shame at all! They do not even know how to feel humiliated! So they will fall among the fallen. When I bring punishment on them they will stumble,’ says Jehovah.

(Jeremiah 23:16, 17) This is what Jehovah of armies says: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are deluding you. The vision they speak is from their own heart, Not from the mouth of Jehovah. 17 They are saying again and again to those who disrespect me, ‘Jehovah has said: “You will enjoy peace.”’ And to everyone who follows his own stubborn heart they say, ‘No calamity will come upon you.’

(Matthew 10:38) And whoever does not accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of me.

(John 15:19) If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.

(Romans 8:17) If, then, we are children, we are also heirs—heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ—provided we suffer together so that we may also be glorified together.

(1 Thessalonians 3:4) For when we were with you, we used to tell you in advance that we would suffer tribulation, and that is what has happened, just as you know.

(Romans 5:3-5) 3 Not only that, but let us rejoice while in tribulations, since we know that tribulation produces endurance; 4 endurance, in turn, an approved condition; the approved condition, in turn, hope, 5 and the hope does not lead to disappointment; because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit, which was given to us.

(Luke 21:27, 28) 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”

(Malachi 3:6, 7) 6 “For I am Jehovah; I do not change. And you are sons of Jacob; you have not yet come to your finish. 7 From the days of your forefathers you have turned aside from my regulations and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says Jehovah of armies.. . .

(1 Timothy 1:17) 17 Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

(Psalm 90:1, 2) 90 O Jehovah, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  2 Before the mountains were born Or you brought forth the earth and the productive land, From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

(Romans 8:31-34) 31 What, then, are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who will be against us? 32 Since he did not even spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, will he not also, along with him, kindly give us all other things? 33 Who will file accusation against God’s chosen ones? God is the One who declares them righteous. 34 Who will condemn them? Christ Jesus is the one who died, yes, more than that, the one who was raised up, who is at the right hand of God and who also pleads for us.

Balance in giving and receiving help.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

I am going to try and discuss the many aspects of help from receiving help, asking for help and on giving help. The reason I am writing this because I did not apply the scriptures and advice in the scriptures as I helped people it brought a lot of anxiety and frustration on me. Surely you would not want to do what I have done. Something to take note of only 20% of medical treatment now days is backed by valid science the rest is speculation. While many naturals have been proven in clinical trials. Yet people fear the things God gave us and trust corrupt man because they have been indoctrinated to fear those things to fatten the pockets of those who profit from illness.

Helping others is something I have been praying for. Not only that , I am having to learn to ask for help and when I receive it to accept it. I think this came from the fact I usually could solve any problem I had easily and often times helped others. We are in the final minutes of this system things are getting very crazy and overwhelming. The problems now days are so numerous it is becoming difficult to keep ourselves safe and healthy let alone helping others. We need to seek Jehovah God’s help first in any problems we are dealing with and ask him for the wisdom to get through the things we will endure. Even though we should approach God first in prayer Jesus is our king now so we have to approach God through Jesus. When we ask Jehovah God for something we have to ask in Jesus name. Also we should get advice from those who are spiritually qualified. If we need worldly advice we should be careful of the source and pay attention to the type of fruit they have produced. We may have to seek help from those who do not knobeast destroy false religionw God or who appear to know God but have fruits that God would not approve of. So we should be very careful of who we get advice form and whether it conflicts with the advice from God. The bible tells us if we are getting advice , if we do not like it we should not get easily offended. The bible warns the deviousness of the treacherous will destroy them. The bible also warns it is pride that usually causes this. It tells us when we need help we should ask for it. Pride could drive us to try and do things on our own. Often times we may feel we are a burden on others. Often times not seeking help will increase our burden which can negatively effect those around us. Not only that but often times getting help with burdens we have can bring us closer to our friends and family. . No one who is loving likes to see another over burdened. Imagine how confused they would be when a person who is burdened needs help but will not ask or will not accept the help. It could effect them because they may speculate and believe it is pride or even a lack of faith driving you to not seek the help of others. Sometimes if the help is too sudden it can add to the confusion. If this occurs we should let the person know we may need help but we are not ready for it yet.

This is something I am struggling with myself right now and I actually get angry when someone tells me not to help someone because it is not in my power to. I once needed tires for my car they were so bald the threads in the tires were showing through. This man had children , and he did drugs and drank heavily. I tried to share bible truths with him but he rejected them. I did not want to see the children go without food so instead of buying tires for my car I bought the family food. The next day one of my tires blew out and I could not make it to work. It really wasn’t in my power to help him and by doing so I put myself in a bad way and was possibly enabling the person’s bad behavior. So when we help others we need to consider if we have the resources spiritually, physically, emotionally and if we may be enabling someone. For example if a person is lazy or lacks the enthusiasm to do things for themselves when they have a problem we would be adding more burden on ourselves and enabling them to sin. The bible warns that helping lazy ones can bring a lot of problems on ourselves and others.

I am going to discuss the things I learn and hope I can learn to apply them. This system is winding down our emotional and physical resources are going to be more and more limited. If we do not learn to balance helping people it could harm not only ourselves but those we care about because we could neglect our friends or our family. As I study the bible I am learning I am guilty of this and possibly enabling others bad behavior.

The people who do not want to know God and ignore his word will bring many problems on themselves. If they blatantly ignore his warning and guidance then we are taking a part in their sin. Not only that but their sins can negatively effect our lives if we continue to help those who put themselves in bad situations because they refuse to obey God. Not only this but by helping them we could eventually be drawn in.

Another problem I have, is I tend to help to much. The bible warns you can wear out your welcome and the person can learn to hate you. The bible also tells us those who commit sins with no regard for God are mocking him. If we helped them wouldn’t we be also mocking God? We need to weigh are we enabling someone to sin or are we helping them get back on their feet. We need to also consider are we trying to be too helpful. Remember each person has their own burden to carry. We know that many of the trials and tribulations we endure teach us things and build endurance and wisdom when we do things in a way God would require.

I can tell you from personal experience emotional resources also get drained when you help the wrong people and you will start lashing out and getting angry at those who do not deserve it because of the stress it puts on you. So it is not only financially draining, spiritually draining it is emotionally draining. If all your vessels become empty then what does that leave you and what can you give to those who really deserve your help? We are told love bears all things but it does not rejoice in unrighteousness. In a sense if we continue to help someone willfully getting involved in wrong doing are we not rejoicing in unrighteousness?

There was a woman in the bible who gave all she had as a donation because of her love for God. If we spread our resources thin then we could not help ones like her who have a deep love for God and would deserve the help. This woman was producing good fruits, I have been in a position in my life were I helped someone who was ignoring God’s word because they were family. Then shortly after someone who produced many good fruits needed help and because I had already used my resources on someone who did not value God’s guidance I was not in a person to help them.

The bible tells us to ask and we will receive . So we have to remember to be aware when the help is from God and when the help is from a source God would not approve of. For example say we have to use the a lawyer and their advice is legal but would go against what God requires which often times does happen. It would be wise to obey God’s laws because this system is temporary and any suffering that may be brought on because we choose to stand on God’s side in matters will be temporary but the future hope given to us in God’s word is forever.

Things are rapidly winding down some things will occur that could mean life or death for us. We need to learn to rely on God first because there will be situations where no one can help us only God can. We know that Satan and his people persecute those who draw close to God. So we can expect to experience trials and tribulations. The persecution, trials and tribulation caused by Satan and his people often times are not obvious for example look at what Job had to endure because of the trials and tribulations Satan caused him but he endured and in doing so God blessed him many times over. God will leave us endure things because it can expose our short comings and weaknesses and it gives us an opportunity to work on them. When someone smelts precious metals they remove the dross. Dross are the impurities in the metals. When someone endures trials or tribulation it can expose areas spiritually they need to work on. When our short comings are exposed we can see the dross and work on removing it. This also gives us an opportunity to glorify God by showing our faith and loyalty to him no matter what we endure. If we are patient when a person is being refined it can reveal how they respond to something. For example are they lazy and expect others to do the heavy lifting for them? If so then they will continually try to get you to take more and more of their burdens on yourself and others when being tried. I do struggle with stepping in to help people too soon. God has made us industrious and creative. If we step in to soon we deprive others of the opportunity to learn to be industrious and creative in solving problems. The apostles endured many trials and tribulations they were often times told to be industrious. Look how they glorified God in-spite of the things they endured. When a person is under trials and tribulations they will either glorify God or they could smear his God’s name. If the person shows no initiative, they constantly complain about something but do not do the little things to fight their way out, if they do not constantly seek God’s word and seek him in prayer and we step in and help them we could be preventing them from learning the importance of putting God first. When a person endures hardships it reveals whether they are worthy of the heavenly kingdom or not.

So when we are helping someone we need to weigh many things for example is the person turning to God first to help them through the hard times? Are they doing things in a way God would require? Do they really need our help? If we become overly helpful we could be hindering the person from leaning things and to glorify God by showing their endurance and love for God through their hardship. This does not mean we totally abandon them it means we ask them if they need our help. We need to be aware of the circumstances that lead up to them needing help. If it was because of something sinful like excess drinking of alcohol or laziness and they are not trying to overcome those things then we would be enabling them. We need to learn to balance helping others between whether they are trying to help themselves, whether helping them would make us a part of their sin by enabling them, also if a person is not asking for help it may be because they have resources we are not aware of or they have the faith God will get them through it. If they truly need help they will most likely ask for it. If not you could ask them for help but should not help without asking.

Things are rapidly winding down. Many of us will have to turn to those we feel we have no right to because they are not directly related. They are our spiritual relatives which make the bond closer then if they were blood relatives. If we have to get help from them , most of the time they will be happy to help us. Imagine the burden it would be on them seeing us struggle and we did not ask them for help? Many came from the world and the world would hate them. So many of their families are part of the world and because they have chosen to be no part of the world they do not have their families to turn to they only have their spiritual family. We know those who are truly trying to follow Jesus will be hated by the world, persecuted, looked down on and treated poorly so we need to do our best to help each other when possible but also to except our limits and know when is within our power to help another so we do not spread ourselves too thin. It is unreasonable to not expect to experience hard ships. The closer a person draws to God the more the world will hate them. These are ones we should really focus our resources on helping. Those who are part of the world and have cause their own problems , if we help them we are not only enabling them we are becoming a part of their sins by not letting them suffer the consequences of the things they have done. Now if they have repented and are struggling to recover from the damage they have done then we should help them within reason.

When we help someone we should not expect anything in return. If we are in a position where we have been blessed by God and have the resources to help someone else this is a privilege given to us freely from God so we should not expect something in return for our helping others. Most of all we are to take care of those in our household. We are told those who do not have disowned the faith. If we do have to borrow from someone we should do our best to pay it back. We have to be wise about helping others and not letting them take advantage of us. Since we are in the last days we need to weigh why they are in need. Is this a pattern of things caused by them not being responsible or caused by some things they may be doing bringing the need on themselves or is their need because of the things now occurring since these are the last days? When we help someone we should not boat about it or tell others as many in the media do. They do this to get attention and to show their false righteousness. If we are truly giving from the heart and it is love guiding us we do need the attention and acknowledgment of the good things we have done. God gave the world a gift no one could match. He gave the life of his only begotten son as a ransom for our sins so that we could be forgiven. No one could match that gift. So any gift given by a human deserves to be bragged about because he could never compare to the gift God has given us.

Those of us enduring trials. We should accept the comfort of others who have endured trials themselves. They have already built up the knowledge and endurance that they could impart to us. We also need to learn to accept help when we need it. This sometimes takes humility. Many of us have not been in a position where we needed help. Some of us do not want to be a burden on others. When we except help we are giving others a chance to express their love towards us. Imagine how they would feel if they want to help us and it is in their power to do so and we refuse to accept their help because we feel we will be a burden. Would you not feel hurt if you wanted to help a friend or family member you cared about and even though they needed the help they refused it? Some have been blessed by God so they could share their blessings. Wouldn’t it be selfish if we had too much pride or felt we were a burden if we refused the happiness and joy that comes with sharing your blessing with others. How do you feel if someone refuses blessings God has given you when you try to share them?

If we are asking for God’s help we have to make sure we are doing nothing that will hinder our prayers or cause him not to hear them. We have to ask in God’s name and do so through Jesus Christ. Also understand God will not immediately remove us from the difficult situation or hardships but he does promise if we persist in prayer he will give us peace in our minds that will guard our hearts. This is why the bible tells us not to be anxious about anything this system is passing away and so is it’s desires. All this will be gone so very soon all suffering will end we just have to endure a little longer. If a person tries to help us without asking we should not get too harsh it is because they care. We should let them know we will ask in a nice way if we need help. It is always best to ask if you can help before offering to help. We could actually be complicating things for someone if we just try and give them help and they are not prepared for it. We have to remember they have their own plans and way of doing things and when we just help we may cause confusion. By asking we give them a chance to think about it and even prepare.

Things are going to get very difficult soon. We have to be careful we do not overextend ourselves and only help when it is within our power. We also have to be cautious who we help. There will be some we may not be in a position to help. In such situations we can pray for them.

Even now we see them empowering the disgusting thing Jesus mentioned and giving it more and more authority. The disgusting thing is the beast that man is putting in place to try and replace God’s authority over the earth. Once they form this one world order God will put it in their hearts to destroy false religion, once this occurs the beast will turn on true worship. Once this occurs the end of this system will come because Jesus will destroy mans rule and the heavenly kingdom will rule the earth again. These things will never occur again. By balancing helping others and knowing when to ask for help we may walk through the great tribulation into the new system. Those who endure to the end and remain faithful even if they face death will not experience the second death because they will experience a resurrection of life.

(Proverbs 11:2, 3)  2 When presumptuousness comes, dishonor will follow, But wisdom is with the modest ones.  3 The integrity of the upright is what guides them, But the deviousness of the treacherous will destroy them.

(Proverbs 26:12) 12 Have you seen a man who thinks he is wise? There is more hope for someone stupid than for him.

(Proverbs 28:25, 26) . . .But whoever relies on Jehovah will prosper. 26 Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid, But the one who walks in wisdom will escape.

(Matthew 11:26-30) . . .. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one fully knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone fully know the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son is willing to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all you who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh you. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for yourselves. 30 For my yoke is kindly, and my load is light.”

(Matthew 7:7-11) 7 “Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you; 8 for everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened. 9 Indeed, which one of you, if his son asks for bread, will hand him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not hand him a serpent, will he? 11 Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those asking him!

(John 14:12-14) . . .. 13 Also, whatever you ask in my name, I will do this, so that the Father may be glorified in connection with the Son. 14 If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.

(Proverbs 26:13-16) 13 The lazy one says: “There is a young lion in the road, A lion in the public square!” 14 A door keeps turning on its hinges, And the lazy one on his bed. 15 The lazy one buries his hand in the banquet bowl, But he is too tired to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The lazy one thinks he is wiser Than seven people who give a sensible reply.

(Proverbs 12:15, 16) 15 The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, But the wise one accepts advice. 16 A fool immediately shows his annoyance, But the shrewd man overlooks an insult.

(Proverbs 3:27) 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it If it is within your power to help.

(Proverbs 24:6)  6 By skillful direction you will wage your war, And through many advisers there is victory.

(2 Thessalonians 3:10) 10 In fact, when we were with you, we used to give you this order: “If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat.”

(James 1:2-8) 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials, 3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance. 4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything. 5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him keep asking in faith, not doubting at all, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and blown about. 7 In fact, that man should not expect to receive anything from Jehovah; 8 he is an indecisive man, unsteady in all his ways.

(1 Timothy 5:7, 8) . . .. 8 Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.

(Ephesians 5:10-13) . . .; 11 and stop sharing in the unfruitful works that belong to the darkness; rather, expose them for what they are. 12 For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. 13 Now all the things that are being exposed are made evident by the light, for everything that is being made evident is light.

(Proverbs 13:20, 21) 20 The one walking with the wise will become wise, But the one who has dealings with the stupid will fare badly. 21 Calamity pursues sinners, But prosperity rewards the righteous.

(Proverbs 25:17) 17 Rarely set foot in your neighbor’s house, So that he does not get tired of you and hate you.

(Galatians 6:7-10) 7 Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; 8 because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit. 9 So let us not give up in doing what is fine, for in due time we will reap if we do not tire out. 10 So, then, as long as we have the opportunity, let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.

(Proverbs 23:21) For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

(Luke 15:13, 14) A few days later, the younger son gathered all his things together and traveled to a distant country and there squandered his property by living a debauched life. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred throughout that country, and he fell into need.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6 It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(Mark 12:43, 44) . . .. 44 For they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her want, put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

(Matthew 7:7-11) 7 “Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you; 8 for everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened. 9 Indeed, which one of you, if his son asks for bread, will hand him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not hand him a serpent, will he? 11 Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those asking him!

(Jeremiah 17:7, 8)  7 Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Jehovah, Whose confidence is in Jehovah.  8 He will become like a tree planted by the waters, That sends out its roots to the stream. He will not notice when heat comes, But his leaves will always flourish. And in the year of drought he will not be anxious, Nor will he quit producing fruit.

(2 Corinthians 1:8-11) 8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the tribulation we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under extreme pressure beyond our own strength, so that we were very uncertain even of our lives. 9 In fact, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. This was so that we would trust, not in ourselves, but in the God who raises up the dead. 10 From such a great risk of death he did rescue us and will rescue us, and our hope is in him that he will also continue to rescue us. 11 You also can help us by your supplication for us, in order that many may give thanks in our behalf for the favor we receive in answer to the prayers of many.

(Matthew 5:10-12) 10 “Happy are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. 11 “Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. 12 Rejoice and be overjoyed, since your reward is great in the heavens, for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you.

(Zechariah 13:8, 9) . . .And the third part will be left remaining in it.  9 And I will bring the third part through the fire; And I will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people,’ And they will say, ‘Jehovah is our God.’”

(Isaiah 48:10) 10 Look! I have refined you, but not in the form of silver. I have tested you in the smelting furnace of affliction.

(Isaiah 40:29-31) 29 He gives power to the tired one And full might to those lacking strength. 30 Boys will tire out and grow weary, And young men will stumble and fall, 31 But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; They will walk and not tire out.”

(2 Thessalonians 1:4, 5) 4 As a result we ourselves take pride in you among the congregations of God because of your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the hardships that you are suffering. 5 This is a proof of the righteous judgment of God, leading to your being counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you are indeed suffering.

(James 1:2-8) 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials, 3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance. 4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything. 5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him keep asking in faith, not doubting at all, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and blown about. 7 In fact, that man should not expect to receive anything from Jehovah; 8 he is an indecisive man, unsteady in all his ways.

(John 15:17-21) 17 “These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. 20 Keep in mind the word I said to you: A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have observed my word, they will also observe yours. 21 But they will do all these things against you on account of my name, because they do not know the One who sent me.

(Isaiah 49:15) 15 Can a woman forget her nursing child Or have no compassion for the son of her womb? Even if these women forget, I would never forget you.

(2 Peter 2:8-10) . . .. 9 So, then, Jehovah knows how to rescue people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people to be destroyed on the day of judgment, 10 especially those who seek to defile the flesh of others and who despise authority.. . .

(1 Peter 5:6-11) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. 11 To him be the might forever. Amen.

(Psalm 34:18, 19) 18 Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. ר [Resh] 19 Many are the hardships of the righteous one, But Jehovah rescues him from them all.

(Leviticus 25:35-37) “‘If your brother who is nearby becomes poor and cannot support himself, you must sustain him as you would a foreign resident and a settler, so that he may keep alive with you. 36 Do not take interest or make a profit from him. You must be in fear of your God, and your brother will keep alive with you. 37 You must not lend him your money on interest or give out your food for profit.

(Luke 6:32-36) 32 “If you love those loving you, of what credit is it to you? For even the sinners love those loving them. 33 And if you do good to those doing good to you, of what credit is it to you? Even the sinners do the same. 34 Also, if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, of what credit is it to you? Even sinners lend to sinners so that they may get back as much. 35 On the contrary, continue to love your enemies and to do good and to lend without hoping for anything back; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind toward the unthankful and wicked. 36 Continue being merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

(1 Timothy 5:7, 8) . . .. 8 Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.

(Hebrews 13:15, 16) . . .. 16 Moreover, do not forget to do good and to share what you have with others, for God is well-pleased with such sacrifices.

(Acts 2:43-47) 43 Indeed, fear began to fall upon everyone, and many wonders and signs began to occur through the apostles. 44 All those who became believers were together and had everything in common, 45 and they were selling their possessions and properties and distributing the proceeds to all, according to what each one needed. 46 And day after day they were in constant attendance in the temple with a united purpose, and they took their meals in different homes and shared their food with great rejoicing and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and finding favor with all the people. At the same time Jehovah continued to add to them daily those being saved.

(Romans 13:8-10) 8 Do not owe anything to anyone except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. 9 For the law code, “You must not commit adultery, you must not murder, you must not steal, you must not covet,” and whatever other commandment there is, is summed up in this saying: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does not work evil to one’s neighbor; therefore, love is the law’s fulfillment.

(Matthew 6:1-4) 6 “Take care not to practice your righteousness in front of men to be noticed by them; otherwise you will have no reward with your Father who is in the heavens. 2 So when you make gifts of mercy, do not blow a trumpet ahead of you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 But you, when making gifts of mercy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your gifts of mercy may be in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you.

(John 3:16) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.

(1 Corinthians 10:32, 33) Keep from becoming causes for stumbling to Jews as well as Greeks and to the congregation of God, 33 just as I am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.

(Acts 20:34, 35) . . .. 35 I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way, you must assist those who are weak and must keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, when he himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.’”

(1 Corinthians 4:12, 13) 12 and to toil, working with our own hands. When insulted, we bless; when persecuted, we patiently endure; 13 when slandered, we answer mildly; we have become as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things, until now.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-7) 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. 5 For just as the sufferings for the Christ abound in us, so the comfort we receive through the Christ also abounds. 6 Now if we face trials, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are being comforted, it is for your comfort, which acts to help you to endure the same sufferings that we also suffer. 7 And our hope for you is unwavering, knowing as we do that just as you share in the sufferings, so you will also share in the comfort.

(1 John 3:16-18) . . .. 17 But whoever has the material possessions of this world and sees his brother in need and yet refuses to show him compassion, in what way does the love of God remain in him? 18 Little children, we should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) 17 Instruct those who are rich in the present system of things not to be arrogant, and to place their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who richly provides us with all the things we enjoy. 18 Tell them to work at good, to be rich in fine works, to be generous, ready to share, 19 safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, so that they may get a firm hold on the real life.

(Mark 11:24, 25) 24 This is why I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for, have faith that you have received them, and you will have them. 25 And when you stand praying, forgive whatever you have against anyone, so that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you your trespasses.”

(Philippians 4:4-7) 4 Always rejoice in the Lord. Again I will say, Rejoice! 5 Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(Matthew 24:9-22) 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold. 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15 “Therefore, when you catch sight of the disgusting thing that causes desolation, as spoken about by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place (let the reader use discernment), 16 then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains. 17 Let the man on the housetop not come down to take the goods out of his house, 18 and let the man in the field not return to pick up his outer garment. 19 Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! 20 Keep praying that your flight may not occur in wintertime nor on the Sabbath day; 21 for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.

(Revelation 17:15-18) 15 He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. 17 For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished. 18 And the woman whom you saw means the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.”

(Revelation 18:4-10) 4 And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. 5 For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind. 6 Repay her in the way she treated others, yes, pay her back double for the things she has done; in the cup she has mixed, mix a double portion for her. 7 To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For she keeps saying in her heart: ‘I sit as queen, and I am not a widow, and I will never see mourning.’ 8 That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong. 9 “And the kings of the earth who committed sexual immorality with her and lived with her in shameless luxury will weep and beat themselves in grief over her when they see the smoke from her burning. 10 They will stand at a distance because of their fear of her torment and say: ‘Too bad, too bad, you great city, Babylon you strong city, because in one hour your judgment has arrived!’

(2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) 6 This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you. 7 But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength,

(Revelation 2:10, 11) 10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’

Have you drawn close to God for nothing?

IMG_20140719_205356It may seem like God has forgotten those of us who are trying our best to be obedient. It seems those who do not care, who will not help the down trodden and who do many bad things live in peace and comfort. We have to keep in mind God is listening and taking note. We may even question why we have done our best to cleanse ourselves and obey God.

(Psalm 73:3-13)  3 For I became envious of the boasters, [When] I would see the very peace of wicked people.  4 For they have no deathly pangs; And their paunch is fat.  5 They are not even in the trouble of mortal man, And they are not plagued the same as other men.  6 Therefore haughtiness has served as a necklace to them; Violence envelops them as a garment.  7 Their eye has bulged from fatness; They have exceeded the imaginations of the heart.  8 They scoff and speak about what is bad; About defrauding they speak in an elevated style.  9 They have put their mouth in the very heavens, And their tongue itself walks about in the earth. 10 Therefore he brings his people back hither, And the waters of what is full are drained out for them. 11 And they have said: “How has God come to know? And does there exist knowledge in the Most High?” 12 Look! These are the wicked, who are at ease indefinitely. They have increased [their] means of maintenance. 13 Surely it is in vain that I have cleansed my heart And that I wash my hands in innocence itself.

Many have felt this way. God does take note of who is obedient and who is not. This system is temporary but the new system is forever. Those written in the book of remembrance will be rewarded by God and it will be an eternal reward.

(Malachi 3:14-16) 14 “YOU have said, ‘It is of no value to serve God. And what profit is there in that we have kept the obligation to him, and that we have walked dejectedly on account of Jehovah of armies? 15 And at present we are pronouncing presumptuous people happy. Also, the doers of wickedness have been built up. Also, they have tested God out and keep getting away.’” 16 At that time those in fear of Jehovah spoke with one another, each one with his companion, and Jehovah kept paying attention and listening. And a book of remembrance began to be written up before him for those in fear of Jehovah and for those thinking upon his name. . .

Those who have washed their outer garments and acknowledged the one true God will not be blotted out of his book.

(Revelation 3:4, 5) . . .. 5 He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer garments; and I will by no means blot out his name from the book of life, but I will make acknowledgment of his name before my Father and before his angels. . .

(Philippians 4:2, 3) . . .. 3 Yes, I request you too, genuine yokefellow, keep assisting these [women] who have striven side by side with me in the good news along with Clement as well as the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

During the resurrection those who have done bad and thought it went unnoticed will receive their reward which is the lake of fire and those who were obedient will be rewarded with eternal life.

(John 5:28, 29) 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. . .

(Revelation 20:11-15) . . .. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Ha′des gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

We know we are in the last days. The time is very near for scoffers who follow their own sinful desires to be done away with. We need to stay strong we only have a little longer it is a sign salvation is near.

(2 Peter 3:2-7) . . .. 3 For YOU know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep [in death], all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning.” 5 For, according to their wish, this fact escapes their notice, that there were heavens from of old and an earth standing compactly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and by those [means] the world of that time suffered destruction when it was deluged with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. . .

 

We are to lift our heads because it means deliverance is near.

(Luke 21:25-28) 25 “Also, there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and [its] agitation, 26 while men become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift YOUR heads up, because YOUR deliverance is getting near.”

Should we be blaming God?

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Man has been blaming God for many things since the garden of Eden. Adam tried to blame God for him falling short because it was God who had blessed him with a helper. I still hear people do this, when something bad happens they will say it was God’s will. God’s does not desire bad things to happen. 

(Genesis 3:12) 12 And the man went on to say: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me [fruit] from the tree and so I ate.. . .

I hear people blame the suffering on God and say when someone is in an accident it is God’s will. Just as in the garden they blame God.

Proverbs 19:3) 3 It is the foolishness of an earthling man that distorts his way, and so his heart becomes enraged against Jehovah himself.

(Jeremiah 2:17) 17 Is not this what you proceeded to do to yourself by your leaving Jehovah your God during the time of [his] walking you in the way. . .

Man causes most of the misery because we reject to follow God’s wisdom and guidance. We lack the wisdom and foresight God has but many refuse to except that and follow what they think is right and it results in many bad things happening to ourselves and others.

(James 4:1-3) 4 From what source are there wars and from what source are there fights among YOU? Are they not from this source, namely, from YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure that carry on a conflict in YOUR members? 2 YOU desire, and yet YOU do not have. YOU go on murdering and coveting, and yet YOU are not able to obtain. YOU go on fighting and waging war. YOU do not have because of YOUR not asking. 3 YOU do ask, and yet YOU do not receive, because YOU are asking for a wrong purpose, that YOU may expend [it] upon YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure. . .

Most know the story of Job. Satan tried him. There is a big difference between being tried and tested. For example if I take everything you have to see if you would loose your integrity as Satan did with Job I would be trying you. I would never do such a thing but it happens daily many times.

Now if I entrusted you with something valuable of mine and I have never seen that your integrity has been proven but decided to let you keep watch over my valuables to see, I would be testing you.

(James 1:13) 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. . .

We were not promised it would be easy, many know the scriptures tell us the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one.

(John 16:32, 33) . . .. 33 I have said these things to YOU that by means of me YOU may have peace. In the world YOU are having tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world. . .

(John 15:20) Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also.

(John 15:19) If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU

God tolerates badness being patient waiting and hoping people will change.

(Psalm 50:21) These things you have done, and I kept silent. You imagined that I would positively become like you. I am going to reprove you, and I will set things in order before your eyes

(Psalm 106:43) 43 Many times he would deliver them, But they themselves would behave rebelliously in their disobedient course, And they would be brought low for their error.

(2 Peter 3:9) 9 Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. . .

I frequently hear people blame death on God. Death is God’s enemy and the bible makes that clear. Man brought death on ourselves with our disobedience. Because we are born imperfect we inherit a sinful nature. It is why God had his word written to guide us and teach us how to overcome it an many other obstacles and to give us hope.

(James 1:14, 15) . . .. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. . .

(Ezekiel 18:3, 4) . . .. 4 Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die. . .

Death is not something God willed on man but man has brought it on ourselves. This is why death will be the final enemy to be destroyed.

(1 Corinthians 15:25, 26) 25 For he must rule as king until [God] has put all enemies under his feet. 26 As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing. . .

(Revelation 21:7, 8) . . .. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and fornicators and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This means the second death. . .

(Revelation 20:14) 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. . .

(Romans 6:7) 7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] sin. . .

We are not to teach others to blame God we are to teach of his mercy, his generosity and his many other qualities that would bring glory to his great name. He will give us strength to do the things he requires of us until this system has ended.

(Acts 20:23, 24) 23 except that from city to city the holy spirit repeatedly bears witness to me as it says that bonds and tribulations are waiting for me. 24 Nevertheless, I do not make my soul of any account as dear to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received of the Lord Jesus, to bear thorough witness to the good news of the undeserved kindness of God. . .

We are to offer words of encouragement. How encouraging would it be if we continue to blame things on a blameless God? If we make God seem selfish, vindictive and vengeful who would want to put faith in him. He is a loving God and has been very patient with man. We have brought misery on ourselves and we cause it.

(Acts 14:22) strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to remain in the faith and [saying]: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations

(James 1:16, 17) 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the Father of the [celestial] lights, and with him there is not a variation of the turning of the shadow. . .

(Isaiah 25:9) 9 And in that day one will certainly say: “Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him. . .

When something bad happens to someone and they say it was God’s will it makes me think have they decided they are God’s enemy? This is the only time I have seen God bring calamity on someone is if they chose to be his enemy. God always provided a way out for those who chose to patiently wait on and trust him.

(Numbers 20:10, 11) . . .” 11 With that Moses lifted his hand up and struck the crag with his rod twice; and much water began to come out, and the assembly and their beasts of burden began to drink. . .

(Exodus 16:4) 4 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Here I am raining down bread for YOU from the heavens; and the people must go out and pick up each his amount day for day, in order that I may put them to the test as to whether they will walk in my law or not. . .

We know if we are no part of the world it is not going to treat us well so we will suffer and experience trials but they are not God’s fault.

(James 1:2-4) 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when YOU meet with various trials, 3 knowing as YOU do that this tested quality of YOUR faith works out endurance. 4 But let endurance have its work complete, that YOU may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.

Just as in Noah’s day God gave Noah the knowledge he needed to survive the great flood that came on the ancient wicked world, he has provided the knowledge we will need to survive the collapse and destruction of this system of things. So we need to appreciate God’s mercy and not blame him but put the blame on Satan and those who do not choose to obey God and even our own inherited imperfections.

(Genesis 7:17) 17 And the deluge went on for forty days upon the earth, and the waters kept increasing and began carrying the ark and it was floating high above the earth. . .

(1 Corinthians 10:9-13) 9 Neither let us put Jehovah to the test, as some of them put [him] to the test, only to perish by the serpents. 10 Neither be murmurers, just as some of them murmured, only to perish by the destroyer. 11 Now these things went on befalling them as examples, and they were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived. 12 Consequently let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for YOU to be able to endure it.

Those who obey God are protected by him. He foils the plans of those who oppose him. So if something bad happens and we blame God. Are we saying that we are God’s enemy? I say this because those are the only ones God brought calamity on. If we are God’s friend then what would the sources of our misfortunes be? It is clear it is Satan and disobedient man.

(Daniel 6:21, 22) . . .. 22 My own God sent his angel and shut the mouth of the lions, and they have not brought me to ruin, forasmuch as before him innocence itself was found in me; and also before you, O king, no hurtful act have I done. . .

(Psalm 34:19) 19 Many are the calamities of the righteous one, But out of them all Jehovah delivers him. . .

God had warned us what the results of rejecting him as our king would be and we are seeing those results and their conclusion. No matter how good the intentions of a ruler is they do not have the power or wisdom that God has.

(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All this I have seen, and there was an applying of my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, [during] the time that man has dominated man to his injury. . .

(1 Samuel 8:5-8) . . .” 6 But the thing was bad in the eyes of Samuel inasmuch as they had said: “Do give us a king to judge us,” and Samuel began to pray to Jehovah. 7 Then Jehovah said to Samuel: “Listen to the voice of the people as respects all that they say to you; for it is not you whom they have rejected, but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. 8 In accord with all their doings that they have done from the day of my bringing them up out of Egypt until this day in that they kept leaving me and serving other gods,. . .

(Exodus 14:24, 25) 24 And it came about during the morning watch that Jehovah began to look out upon the camp of the Egyptians from within the pillar of fire and cloud, and he went throwing the camp of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 And he kept taking wheels off their chariots so that they were driving them with difficulty; and the Egyptians began to say: “Let us flee from any contact with Israel, because Jehovah certainly fights for them against the Egyptians.”

(Exodus 9:22-26) 22 Jehovah now said to Moses: “Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that hail may come on all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast and all vegetation of the field in the land of Egypt.” 23 So Moses stretched out his rod toward the heavens; and Jehovah gave thunders and hail, and fire would run down to the earth, and Jehovah kept making it rain down hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 Thus there came hail, and fire quivering in among the hail. It was very heavy, so that there had not occurred any like it in all the land of Egypt from the time it became a nation. 25 And the hail went striking at all the land of Egypt. The hail struck everything that was in the field, from man to beast, and all sorts of vegetation of the field; and it shattered all sorts of trees of the field. 26 Only in the land of Go′shen, where the sons of Israel were, there occurred no hail. . .

God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The nearest word to what we have now days that could match the meaning is amusement park. So the garden was very pleasant Adam and Eve had no reason to mistrust God. He even gave them the work of making the whole earth like that. Adam and Eve became arrogant and decided they did not need God’s guidance. Jesus himself never chose his own will but he always put his heavenly fathers will first. He knew he needed his fathers guidance and wisdom so never thought he was equal to God. He set a perfect example of how we should be and follow all God instructs us to do.

(Genesis 3:5) 5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad. . .

(Philippians 2:5, 6) 5 Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. . .

(John 14:27, 28) . . .. 28 YOU heard that I said to YOU, I am going away and I am coming [back] to YOU. If YOU loved me, YOU would rejoice that I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. . .

When people get hurt it can be from carelessness or even time and unforeseen circumstances. This is why God often times gave laws to Israel demonstrating the importance of taking safety precautions.

(Ecclesiastes 9:11) 11 I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.

(1 Kings 22:34) 34 And there was a man that bent the bow in his innocence, but he got to strike the king of Israel between the appendages and the coat of mail, so that he said to his charioteer. . .

(Deuteronomy 22:8) 8 “In case you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, that you may not place bloodguilt upon your house because someone falling might fall from it.

He does not desire any of this calamity. It is the result of the desires of man. The things happening on the earth were not his will but the will of man in opposition to God.

(Jeremiah 29:11) 11 “‘For I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward YOU,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give YOU a future and a hope. . .

(Colossians 1:13, 14) 13 He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 by means of whom we have our release by ransom, the forgiveness of our sins. . .

God’s original purpose and his will for the earth will take place Jesus even taught us to pray for it.

(Matthew 6:9, 10) . . .“‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. . .

(John 5:27-30) . . .. 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative; just as I hear, I judge; and the judgment that I render is righteous, because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him that sent me. . .

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .

We only have to endure a little while longer and more thing ever we need to learn what the will of God is so we can live according to his will.

(Hebrews 10:35-39) . . .. 36 For YOU have need of endurance, in order that, after YOU have done the will of God, YOU may receive the [fulfillment of the] promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “he who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and, “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul. . .

(John 3:16-21) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. 18 He that exercises faith in him is not to be judged. He that does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judgment, that the light has come into the world but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 For he that practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, in order that his works may not be reproved. 21 But he that does what is true comes to the light, in order that his works may be made manifest as having been worked in harmony with God.”

Reasons For Studying The Bible.

If you don't read it how can you have faith. Benefits From Studying Your Bible.

     The bible list many benefits from studying and   applying God’s written words. This is just a small list of a few of the benefits.

                               1. Galatians 5:22  You will be blessed with the fruits of the spirit.

                               2. Proverbs 1:22,23  God will open  your eyes to the truth.

                               3. Galatians 6:10-13 God will help you become stronger by preparing to endure the battles     you will face  in life.

                               4.  2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 3:2,3  God desires none to be destroyed. By studying and applying the scriptures we will become strong enough and wise enough that we may survive the inevitable destruction of this system.

                                5. Proverbs 13:20 You will find true wisdom.

                                6. Acts 13:6-10 You are given authority over demons.

                                7. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-9, 1 Peter 3:12-15  We are going to suffer no matter what so wouldn’t it be better to suffer as a righteous person then unrighteous?   Relief will come for those who suffer as righteous.

                               Here is a link to a wonderful article on why God permits suffering.  http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102005141?q=suffering&p=par