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by Benjamin Munsell on June 22, 2017
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FOR GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: BUT BE THOU PARTAKER OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE GOSPEL, (pause), ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF GOD; 2 Timothy 1:7-8. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME. Hebrews 13:6. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: BECAUSE FEAR HATH TORMENT. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18. There is a "learning curve" for young Christians in Christ who have not heard the truth about Biblical pain and suffering. That's OK. The problem comes in when they read in the Gospel verses, like those above and others like them, AND DECIDE THOSE VERSES DON'T APPLY TO THEM. That's putting your head in the sand in the hopes that something NOT Biblical will save you from pain and whatever else you fear. EVERYONE who loves Christ WILL suffer persecution. (Sorry Rapture guys, it IS coming). Here's the GOoD News, the amount of pain and suffering, persecution and tribulation, you DO suffer WILL be, "according to the power of God"; 2 Timothy 1:8. This means the Lord won't allow you to go through more than you can handle, according to HIS definition of what you can handle. Try this, does one "look forward" to pain and suffering, does one "look forward" to living in Eternity with Christ? No, you don't get to separate the two parts and say no to one and yes to the other, they're both in the Gospel, both in proper context, and both go together. It's double or nothing, what does your Faith in Christ and His Holding Power of you have to say? Remember, your pain and suffering IS IN HIS HAND!  Will you Trust Him to get it right for you, that it will ALL be for your Good, that His Plan is way better than your plan, and that no matter how all this works out, you WILL, Be Blessed?
 
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