ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of me and God,    John 3:14-18

SUFFERING,      “WORTH CONSIDERING”     8/12/20       From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture          (Across my desk this morning from Texas.  Has issues, can you find them?)
“…Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity…”   (1 Corinthians 13:12, NLT)

We See Imperfectly
We all go through painful times when we’re hurting, lonely, undergoing medical treatment, and on the surface, the pieces of our life don’t make sense. We think they can’t be a part of God’s plan. Pain is a part of life, and it often feels like a dark place. It’s easy to get discouraged and think, God, why did this happen? You have to trust that even then, God doesn’t make any mistakes. He’s already designed your life and laid out every piece down to the smallest detail. He never said we would understand everything along the way. God didn’t promise that there wouldn’t be any pain, suffering, or disappointment. But He did promise that it would all work out for our good. That piece that’s painful, that doesn’t look as though it makes sense—when everything comes together, it’s going to fit perfectly in place. You just can’t see it now because the other pieces are not in place.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that there is a purpose for whatever pain comes my way and that You only allow what I can handle and what is for my good. Thank You that though I may not understand it now, the day is coming when I will see it clearly and understand. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Comments,
Almost did not send the above along today as it is typical religious excuses for the pain of this world and sort of lays it all on GOD.  Actually none of the pain in this world comes from GOD.  It is the results of our misuse of our own FreeWill.  Simply God gave the world to Adam and Adam gave it to lucifer and at this point in time lucifer is the god of this world that now works through the children of disobedience.  In other words this world is a mess because we have made it this way.  We have allowed atheistic socialism to gain control of our children for the past 70 years and now we have children who are shooting each other for sport with no conscience at all.  Where the pure Truth of God goes there is loving peace and prosperity.  Where hate and fear goes, there is poverty and murder.  THERE IS AN IMMUTABLE COSMIC LAW OF GOD IN EFFECT.   WHAT WE SOW IS WHAT WE REAP.    And there is no exception.  If we are having difficulties in this world it is because of sin somewhere in the family or in us or from Adam on down.  The little Book of James has a good handle on this.  Especially James 4.  “ From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity (war) with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.       And James 1:13-22 “ Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). 15 Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [d] cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself, sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].  19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. 21 So get rid of all uncleanness and [e] all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]   AND I THINK THAT JAMES SAYS IT WELL.  I PRAY YOU HAVE THE HUMILITY TO ABSORB THE ABOVE TRUTH AS FROM GOD TO LEARN TO BE BLESSED.  And weeds, planted in a day, can take years to get all pulled.  Before I became a Christian I planted some weeds,  took 17 years to get them pulled out.  Some so called Christians are still planting weeds and really don’t notice the difference.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

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