by Benjamin Munsell on December 15, 2019
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also MANY BELIEVED ON HIM; BUT because of the Pharisees they DID NOT CONFESS HIM, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God. John 12:42-43. Yet if any man SUFFER AS A CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore LET THEM that SUFFER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD commit the KEEPING of THEIR SOULS TO HIM in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:16-19. So, Christian, Follower of Christ, you who Obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, understand that you WILL Suffer for Christ. You will do EVERYTHING  you can to Follow and Obey the Lord, AND YOU WILL SUFFER FOR IT. Sinners will suffer the ire of The Law, Christians will Suffer the Mercy and Grace of Christ, AS HE GROWS YOU IN HIM AND CHANGES YOU TO BE MORE AND MORE LIKE HIM. To be Growing in Christ, is to be growing AWAY from the things of this world, to be breaking free of worldly attachments, to have your Heart cleansed of small, remaining crusty pieces of worldliness you may not even see. But Christ does, and He's Cleaning House to have His Bride WITHOUT SPOT, BLEMISH, OR WRINKLE. This is a GOoD cleaning up, coming straight from the Hand of the Lord Himself. REJOICE, when trials, troubles, testings and tribulations afflict you. When chastenings, chastisings, and corrections compound even more hardship in your Life, FOR ITS ALL THE WORK OF THE LORD IN, TO, AND THROUGH YOU TAKING YOU RIGHT STRAIGHT THROUGH THE THRONE ROOM AND INTO CHRISTLIKENESS!!! The Lord uses ALL these things to build The Bride of Christ. RUN INTO HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND PURITY JUST AS FAST AND HARD AS YOU CAN. Run to Christ, and, Be Blessed.