Isa. 53:1-6 Jesus was well acquainted with sorrows. But He was not a negative-focused person. He focused on the tasks at hand & The future Kingdom. His step-dad Joseph probably died when He was a child.
My Negative Experiences in Life:
-Don't remember my real dad before age 11+
-1st step-dad killed self (my age: 6?) because mom drove him insane.
-Papa (Grandfather, pronounced "Paw-paw") was buried on my 10th birthday. But I'm not depressed on every annual date of his death!
-Mama (Grandmother, pronounced "Maw-maw") - won custody of my brother when I was 10-11. Me & my brother were separated. VERY dramatic!
-Because 2nd step-dad was abusive + hated kids.
-I really didn't have much of a childhood. More of a living ell.
-My favorite & closest uncle died suddenly and unexpectedly.
-Mr. Cox, great supporter of the church and me, died.
-I had to forsake my own dad, mom, brother, and nephew, and even my favorite and closest uncle before he died.
With all of these bad things that has happened in my life, I don't dwell on these things. I choose to NOT dwell on these things. I press pass the negatives and focus on the important tasks at hand, in the present, and focus also upon the future. I can't let the past distract me from all of the joy, peace, comfort and victory that I have received from Jesus.
We ALL suffer. The bible promises that we will suffer. It's part of life. We can expect it.
Country song - "Sounds Like Life to Me". Man tells about his troubles and worries: a new baby, new expenses... the listener says "Sounds like life to me".
Heb. 4 (Entire chapter) Jesus was tempted in every way as we are. We must enter both the 7th day rest, and His spiritual rest!
John 14:1-28 "Peace I give you". "Fear not. Let not your heart be troubled."
Gal. 5:22 Two often-forgotten fruits of the Spirit: Peace & Joy!
1 Peter 1:8-9 Joy inexpressible!
Romans 8 (Entire chapter) The sufferings of this world are nothing compared to the Glory that will be revealed in us.(Rms 8:18 "to us" change to "in us".)
The Old Testament people have not yet received their rewards, and without us they would not be made perfect! (Heb.11:39-40) In other words, they will need to learn about us & read about our testimonies and trials & sufferings & victories! O.T. people were never saved by blood of goats or old covenant laws. They must come back in the 2nd Resurrection and learn more about Jesus's death and resurrection and be baptized in Jesus name. Part of that salvation will be learning about us. The scriptures are still be written this day in the writings of apostle Tim and others.
A mind set on the flesh is hostile against God.
Positive thoughts are scientifically proven to heal. The healing pathways created by positive thoughts die off when positive thoughts are replaced by negative thoughts.
:28 ALL things work together for good.
Philippians 4:1-9 How can we win a race looking backwards? Focus on & dwell on the positive, on the Kingdom, and on the tasks at hand. Not on the past.
We should be the happiest people on Earth. We have been give so much truth! And given MUCH responsibility. HE entrusted us with such extremely important words/messages/revelations!!! That is a VERY high calling! He could have put us into ANY generation, but HE thought us worthy for the most important generation!
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