Why does God allow children to suffer?

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Trying to make sense of what’s going on? Hope this sheds some light.

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This is a very difficult subject that I would like to talk about today. It’s about children suffering. Yesterday I watched a YouTube video of beheaded children and families. I was horrified. I don’t why I watched it…but I did. Then that same night someone my husband and I know has a child born to their family who has a very severe illness and this child has suffered greatly.  A few years ago someone else we know had a child born with a congenital heart defect who suffered for 3 years and eventually passed away. There are many other stories of children and adults who have suffered greatly.

The big question for many people who have experienced this kind of suffering is…”why would God allow this?” This is a power packed question and I believe God doesn’t mind if we ask it.

God is a mystery. His mysteriousness is somewhat revealed dimly to those who are believers…

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God revealed in the fire

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We are all faced with being in the furnace these days. I hope this blog gives you some insight.

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Daniel 3:24-26    Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”  So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,

In this dramatic true bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…King Nebuchadnezzar was very upset that 3 Jewish friends of Daniel would not bow down to his god which was a gold statue.  The king ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be killed in a horrible way.  They were put into the very hot…

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Why the heck all this suffering?

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Cast all your care on the Lord! Hang in there! You got this!

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There are areas of suffering that are so unexplainable.  It takes “supernatualness” to be able to understand suffering.  God see’s everything that goes on this earth…good and evil.  He’s see’s every evil act done publicly and those done in secret.  So you might have asked yourself…how can God look upon a person being severely abused or tortured or at a horrific catastrophic event where hundreds or thousands of people are killed?

Well I can tell you for sure….it takes a “supernatural being” to be able to handle seeing severe suffering.  This is why we humans are so perplexed about this subject.  We are NOT supernatural so things like that greatly affects us.  We cannot possibly understand suffering.  All we can do is hold on to the words in the bible and know that the power of the Holy Spirit can bring us the grace and comfort that we need…

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God Sustains Me

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I feel this blog I wrote a while ago is needed now. God bless you and keep you healthy!

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The Webster’s definition of sustain is:

To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, to keep from sinking. To maintain; to keep alive; to support; to subsist; to nourish. To aid, comfort, or relieve.

Examples of sustaining are:  a foundation sustaining a superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight.

One who does this is a “SUSTAINER!”

Psalms 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Psalms 55: 22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

GOD IS OUR SUPPORT! Jesus made sure of this and the Holy Spirit makes sure we get this support 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days of the year! We are NEVER without support from the Lord our sustainer.

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Without the sustainer I could not look…

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Mentally Making it Through This Pandemic

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We all know many scriptures about finding help in a time of need…. but we still can feel stressed.  This is how many people feel right now.  Before this pandemic started, people were already going through a lot of stressful situations.  We’ve had financial crisis, mass killings, tornados, hurricanes, fires, and many other crisis situations that have affected us all. 

Now a world crisis of mass sickness is here.  It’s all that the news seems to be covering these days.  We can’t even socialize with each other anymore.  This is a very lonely and seemingly hopeless situation that all of humanity is in.  What we are all facing right now is very concerning and it will take some work to keep our own mental health in check.

Let’s take some advice from David:

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.   1 Samuel 30:6

At this point we must encourage ourselves in the Lord because there ain’t nobody else around!  Not friends, family, neighbors, your pastor or church members.

 So, the best thing we can do is to know what the bible says about this:

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 42:11Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Next we must pray and here is a scripture about that:

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

We need to give that bad boy (problems & stress) over to the Lord! Now that you are home alone or just with your family…. have some long conversations with God.  Tell Him everything about how you feel.  Not a formal type of prayer, but just talk to Him like a friend, like your Father, like someone who really cares about your welfare….because HE DOES CARE!!! God is the only one who can help, so it is essential for us to tell Him about our troubles and ask him to help us in our time of need.

Also if you are afraid, stressed, depressed, feeling down…share that with Him. It’s ok to be honest with God your Father. He won’t judge you!!!

I was healed miraculously from life long depression and suicidal attempts in 1983.  The thing I remember about the whole ordeal was that I HAD NO HOPE!  I was hopeless!  It was like being in a dark deep pit.  It is a lie and a scheme from the enemy to pull us away from this life.  He is tricky and sly in how he attempts to bring us down.  He tries to use this tactic on every single human being.  He uses fear and intimidation to try to scare us. He is using this method with this pandemic. The devil is trying to act like the boogieman!

DON’T FALL FOR HIS MESS!!!!!!!  He will and has used this pandemic to do this!  Don’t let him have this kind of power over your thoughts.  Please do this: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7. He ain’t got that kinda’ power over you!!!!!!

My advice: You know yourself.   You know what brings you down.  You need to know what brings you up also!!!

This is what I do to keep my head above water:

  1. Prayer and bible study.
  2. Worship God by praising Him.
  3. Listening to sermons and teachings online.
  4. I ask for prayer from godly friends when I need to.
  5. I look out the window or go outside and look up at the sky and ponder about God.
  6. I try to do something for someone else, to encourage and bring cheer to them. (Text and phone now please)
  7. Think good thoughts: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
  8. I listen to music and I sing my heart out.
  9. Watch or listen to comedy.
  10. Watch “Little House on the Prairie!!!” Lol! (Still on TV!)
  11. Go for a walk (local…like your back yard)
  12. Shop on line ( Hey…you’re getting a stimulus check LOL!)

(PSA: If you are in an extreme mental state, please reach out for help. There are many hotlines and mental health help & care available.)

GOD TELLS US TO DO THIS:

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

When you have done all you can do…. When the doctors are powerless to cure you…. When your finances are depleted……When there’s nobody around and you’re alone….. when your problems are huge and lasting a long time…. STAND!!! 

You have on all your armor….and you’ve done what the bible says to do…. STAND!!! 

I’m not saying this will be easy but I’m here to tell you that you can do this!  You got this because GOD’S GOT YOU!!!!!

Word for today and vision 4/4/20

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While I was praying today I heard the word “HOSANNA” then I heard the Holy Spirit say to me “The King is coming!”

The meaning of hosanna is….“Please Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success” Psalms 118:25

I have had many visions over the years since I became a committed Christian in 1984.  One vision that I have had over the years was me standing in front of a church as a bride.  In the very first vision my dress was just a plain white robe.  But over the years as I continued to have this vision, the robe became a bridal gown. Each time I have the vision the dress becomes more ornate.  I just had this vision again today and the dress is made up of diamonds embedded all over the bridal gown.  Each time I have the vision I’ve gotten further into the church.  At this point I’m getting ready to walk down the aisle and Jesus is waiting in front at the altar.  I can’t see Him I just know He’s there.

I am fascinated with the story of Cinderella.  I’m looking for my prince (King Jesus) to take me away on His white horse.  I can’t wait to see my God face to face.  I want to know that when I get to heaven, that all of my private prayer times with God will be still special and He will know me intimately… considering all the zillions of His other children there also?  He said yes and it will be a unique experience.  He said that each one of His children will know they are special to Him.  Each person will feel like Jesus is their prince charming and knight in shining armor.  Each person will feel like they are God’s very own special child individually.  We are the apple of His eye and we will all feel that because God is supernatural that way.

All that any human being has ever wanted is to be loved.  It’s a natural instinct to want to be loved by someone.  Our first love experience should be one’s parents, then sisters and brothers and family.  Then eventually a husband or wife and kids.  After our earthly experience we will all be able to experience all the love we were destined to have.  A love that only a supernatural being like God our Holy Father will be able to satisfy in us.

We have God’s love right now, but it is limited for us to experience fully because of our mortal bodies.  That’s why we keep craving love from God and others.  One day…we will have that love completely satisfied in our soul!  That will happen either when the trumpet blows and we go up to heaven if we are alive or right after we transition from this earth after death.

So again…I heard the Holy Spirit say to me Hosanna…..the King is coming!

Our Knight in shining armor is coming for us very soon!  The bridegroom cometh soon.  Be ready!

I really don’t want to keep watch on illness right now…I need to and want to watch for the one who my heart beats for…my bridegroom!!!!  Jesus!

Matthew 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

He’s coming!

How to Get Through This Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Holy Spirit will help us!

  1. Prayer
  2. Relying on God’s word
  3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit
  4. Confidence in the assurance of your eternal security (It is well with your soul)

For the purpose of this blog today I would like to concentrate on being filled with the Holy Spirit.

John the Baptist was faced with being decapitated.  He also preached a very strong message about sin and repentance, in which I know upset some people.

Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

Stephen was a man in the bible who was being terrorize by a gang of men called the Sanhedrin’s who he was trying to tell truth to about the kingdom of God. In the midst of being threatened with sure death he was able to deal with it and even asked God to forgive these awful men who were going to murder him.

Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

The first church went through great danger and persecution because of them being Christ followers.

Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Jesus Christ Himself was about to be starved and tempted for 40 and nights to the point of extreme weakness hunger and thirst.

Luke 4:1,2 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry.…

There is a clear pattern here.  Great trials lead to reliance on help and strength from the Holy Spirit!!!!!!!!!!!  There is NO getting around this.  So, we all have a lot of time on our hands.  Let’s do some bible study on the Holy Spirit.  Find out EVERYTHING the bible reveals about who He is and what He can do in the believers life.  With His help and strength, we will be able to bare up under this present and concerning trial that we are ALL going through.

We all need prayer; we all need help, all at the same time.  I don’t think since the days of Noah has there been a trial that has endangered every single person on earth.  But I know two things for sure…. God will help us by the power of the Holy Spirit and this trial will end!  Not only is there light at the end of the tunnel…the tunnel is illuminated by the Son of God Himself.  Jesus is the light that is going to see us through!  Can I get an AMEN?

Information about the Holy Spirit: https://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2012/03/26/the-holy-spirit-is-so-incredible-to-me/

If you are a born again Christian, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God is with you and in you!!!

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