God’s Comfort In Our Troubles

comforting-wordsLife in this age is never perfect and some of its events don’t always go as planned. We can rest assured that God has compassion on us and comforts us in our troubles. God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, comforts us so that we can comfort others in their troubles also. If we, ourselves, didn’t go through these troubles, we wouldn’t be able to relate to those whom we comfort.

“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Our God is the God of compassion. Where others see struggles and failures, He sees qualification. This is why we praise God, who is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

Heaven’s Government

the-lion-of-judah_1280x1024In the United States, we have 3 branches of government with separation of powers. In the Book of Isaiah, it is revealed that the LORD our God is our Judge, Lawgiver, and King; It is He who will save us.

“22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King; it is He who will save us.”

– Isaiah 33:22 (NIV)

branches-of-governmentA judge belongs in the judiciary branch of government; a lawgiver belongs in the legislative branch; and the king, in Bible prophecy of future events, represents the executive branch. Our God gave us the law in the Old Covenant; He will judge the nations in the End Times; and He will reign as King when the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is established. Only our King of Kings and Lord of Lords can save us from the law and the judgement it brings for our sins.

judgementThe Lord is our Judge

“22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son”

– John 5:22 (NIV)

“27 And He has given Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man.”

– John 5:27 (NIV)

“24 ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.'”

– John 5:24 (NIV)

“8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing”

– 2 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)

10-commandments-tablets_270x300The Lord is our Lawgiver

“18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”

– Exodus 31:18 (NIV)

“13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.”

– Matthew 11:13 (NIV)

“12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy.”

– James 4:12a (NIV)

crowns-of-the-kingThe Lord is our King

 “But about the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your kingdom.'”

– Hebrews 1:8 (NIV)

“17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

– 1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

“16 On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

– Revelation 19:16 (NIV)

the-second-comingIt is He who will save us

“’21 She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.'”

– Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

“’10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.'”

– Luke 19:10 (NIV)

“9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!”

– Romans 5:9-10 (NIV)

“9 If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.’ 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, 13 for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

– Romans 10:9-13 (NIV)

Jesus is our Judge; He is our Lawgiver; He is our King. Jesus is our Salvation. Put your trust in Jesus and He will not fail you.

All Scripture is Inspired by God

the-word-of-godThe Word of God is the Truth. His righteous laws will last for all of eternity.

“160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”

Psalm 119:160 (NIV)

the-nativity-storyScripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, is the Word from the beginning who incarnated as a Man into this world.

“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:1, 14 (NIV)

bibleThe Holy Bible can be trusted because it is inspired by God, our Creator. All Scripture is good for teaching us about life and how to live according to God’s standards.

“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

black-women-in-natureIf the Word of God is the ultimate Truth, then, as the saying goes: the Truth shall set you free. We are the disciples of Jesus Christ when we hold fast to His teaching.

“31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'”

John 8:31-32 (NIV)

reading-the-wordIt’s very important for us to keep in the Word and read the Bible daily; it is our source of faith in God, as Scripture tells us.

“17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Romans 10:17 (NIV)

biblical-truthsThe Word of God judges between right and wrong.

“12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

eternityThe Word of God will last forever.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Matthew 24:35 (NIV), Mark 13:31 (NIV), Luke 21:33 (NIV)

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

Take Up Your CrossTo preserve our lives eternally, we have to surrender the earthly possessions and relationships, that we hold so dearly, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, most people interpret carrying their cross as carrying some burden in life. In reality, centuries ago, carrying the cross was to carry the device of your own execution. Crucifixion was the most humiliating way to be executed in Biblical times. To carry your cross is to be willing to die to follow Jesus.

“36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

– Mark 8:36 (NIV)

Let us take a look at Mark 8:34-38 (NIV) in its full context.

Disciples follow Jesus

Follow JesusWe are commanded to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus Mark 8:34 (NIV). Great multitudes followed Jesus as the Messiah. Many expected Him to free them from their Roman occupiers and usher in the Kingdom of Heaven. Some of them walked away from Him when they realized that He came here do die on the cross. No realizing the plan of salvation, foretold through the sacrificing of lambs, they chose their desires in life over His plans for their lives in this world.

Disciples live for Jesus

Live LifeAnyone who gives their life for the sake of the Gospel will gain eternal life Mark 8:35 (NIV). Life is easy when things run smoothly; but, our true commitment is shown when we face and endure various trials and tribulations.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NIV)

The fiery furnace that we endure when we walk through the valleys of life will purify us like silver and gold. So, let us walk as living sacrifices and choose God’s calling upon our lives over our self interests. This is not to say that our interests don’t always align with what God has for us; when we walk in His will, He gives us the desires of our hearts Psalm 37:4 (NIV).

Disciples can’t compare eternal life to this world

The WorldWhat good is it to gain the entire world and yet lose your eternal soul Mark 8:36-37 (NIV). Although our calling in life can be difficult at times, nothing in this world can compare to the glory of His riches throughout all of eternity. There is a cost to following God’s calling for our lives Luke 9:57–62 (NIV), but His eternal rewards far outweigh them all 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV).

Disciples love Jesus

Anyone who is ashamed of the Lord in this sinful world will find the Lord ashamed of him or her when His Kingdom is established Mark 8:38 (NIV).

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

– 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)