October 23rd, 2018
Ask Yourself, what is the Cause of My Suffering?
1 Peter 4:14-16 (KJB) If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
There are two kinds of suffering at work in this world and they must never be confused. One kind of suffering is because of personal agreement with God about the nature of sin and wickedness at work in this world. The other kind of suffering is the result of a personal choice to disagree with God about the nature of sin and to willingly serve in spiritual alignment with the god of this world.
One kind of suffering pleases God, the other does not.
There are major spiritual differences in these two types of suffering. Sadly, often the world does not understand the difference between the two. Though a man cannot avoid suffering while he is present in this world (John 16:33), in fact God told us to expect to suffer. A man can certainly reduce needless personal suffering by avoiding the darkness of the god of this world and sin.
To be reproached for our choice to be spiritually aligned with God is the cost of serving God. To be admonished for choosing to serve sin is a consequence of following the fallen lost nature of the god of this world. There is a world of difference between the two.