Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be – in all holy conversation and godliness.
2 Peter 3:11
This life is not your own. You have been bought with a price. You have been bought with the blood of the only begotten Son of God who loves you – yes He bought you and He loves you. You are redeemed for a purpose – a purpose determined before the world began. You are to overcome in this life, as did Job, and you will reign with Him in the next. You are to sit with Him in His throne, and to rule with a rod of iron. Rev. 2~3
Forget the problems of this life, for in this life you will have tribulation. In fact, rejoice.. yes rejoice that you are worthy to suffer with Him. We are to patiently endure in this life. We are to be rewarded in the life to come. We are to submit to the Spirit’s training now. We will be joint-heirs with Him in the next. This is not pie-in-the-sky. This is the truth of the Word of the Almighty God. He is daily renewing you. Should you not walk the way of the cross, as did Christ? He is conforming you into His image – should you not willingly yield to His rod?
He can only use the man or woman who is fully submitted to His leading and guiding. He will test those that He knows as sons.. and His desires that we come forth as pure gold.. so do not whimper about difficult circumstances that flood your pathway.. they are deliberately designed to perfect your character here. They are purposefully planned to enhance your position in the coming kingdom. Jesus said, My kingdom is not of this world. His kingdom is not of this world.. not of this age – but Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth, as in heaven.
Our hope is not eternal life.. that is a gift. It’s a done deal. It’s a finished fact. Our hope is to live this life, as unto the Lord. Our hope is that our life comes forth as gold, silver, and precious stones – not as wood hay or stubble. And I will give to each according to their works. And so like Paul run the race as you have never run before. Strain every muscle to achieve until ‘life’ – So….what manner of man ought you to be?
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord 1 Corinthians 15:58 This is LIVING LIFE
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