God Takes Care Of His Children

Last week at Bible Study I talked a little about how the pastor talked about how he didn't get into business school and he didn't think that was fair because He was living for God and other people weren't that got in. The Lord reassured him that those people are in charge of their own life and God is in charge of ours. We can't always see what God is doing in our life and that's where trust comes in. God can literally tell a person right now to sell their house and everything they have and not say why. The question is do you trust God enough to obey Him even when what He's telling you to do doesn't make sense?
Matthew 19:16-30
There's so many stories in the Bible of people who literally had to drop their whole life to follow God. Literally stop what they're doing, leave their family and obey what God said to do. (Matthew 8:21-22- Another of his disciples said, “Sir, when my father is dead, then I will follow you.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me now! Let those who are spiritually dead* care for their own dead.”) There's so many times in our life when God tells us to stop doing things or leave certain people alone but we just don't want to, we like doing them and we want that person or people in our life. I had to realize that it's not about what we want, it's about what God wants. Now about 4 months ago I just didn't understand that. I just didn't think it was fair that I just had to cut someone out of my life that I really wanted in it. I would feel bad because many people in the Bible had to let go of their old life to move forward and one person that really stuck with me was Lot's wife. They were told to go and not look back and she looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. Many times I looked back and I just thank God for having mercy on me that nothing happened to me.
Luke 14:25-33
Many times I would think that I wasn't fit enough to be a follower of Christ but here I am 5 almost 6 months later doing God's will for my life.

One person I really like in the Bible is Peter. Just because we're Christians doesn't mean that life will be perfect for us because we live for God, but the Bible does guarantee that we have God to help us with our problems. Jesus suffered to set us free and we should also be ready to suffer in life. Paul believed that it was a great thing to suffer for Jesus. (Hebrews 2:18- For since He Himself has now been through suffering and temptation, He knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and He is wonderfully able to help us.) Not only did Jesus suffer for us but He was also tempted. A lot of times when people are tempted they think it means they are weak but even Jesus was tempted and Jesus wasn't weak. None of us are immune to temptation, given the right situation we're capable of any sin. There are thousands of people being tempted everyday, so know that you're not alone and it isn't a bad thing to be tempted, the bad thing is if you give in.
James 1:1-16
(Hebrews 4:14-16-But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us; therefore let us never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.)

1 Peter 3:16-22
I love how the Old Testament was basically a representation of what God would do in the New Testament. Noah and his ark represented baptism. Out of all the people in the world only Noah and his family, 8 people were saved. God destroyed the world with a flood because of how evil they were but it also represented a fresh start. God saved them with the ark and when you get saved you basically have a whole new chance at life.

1 Peter 4

The apostles definitely suffered as they were proclaiming the Good News from place to place, but God always took care of them.
Acts 5:12-42
I love that when the High Priest asked didn't he tell them to never preach about Jesus again they said "We must obey God rather than man" As a Christian that is honestly the best mindset to have. All the stuff that's in the Bible that we preach about is usually the opposite of what everyone else in the world is doing and believes. But like the apostles said "obey God" who cares if people don't agree with you, are they going to be the ones judging you on Judgment Day? No. If God said to do something and you don't do it because you're scared of what people will think of you or do to you, it's obvious that you're more concerned about pleasing men than pleasing God. (Galatians 1:10- You can see that I am not trying to please you by sweet talk and flattery; no, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please men I could not be Christ’s servant.)

Acts 12
(Acts 12:5-But earnest prayer was going up to God from the church for his safety all the time he was in prison.) The Bible says that the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. People just don't understand how powerful prayer is and that God protects His children. Also, people think it's cliche that angels are just around protecting us but that's actually their job. (Hebrews 1:14- No, for the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive His salvation.) The sixteen guards who were supposed to be guarding the jail were killed because He escaped and it just reminds me of how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were saved from the fiery furnace but the people who were told to make it hotter ended up dying.
Daniel 3
Let's be real who can honestly say that they're not worried what will happen to them and that if God saves them or not they don't care they'll still obey God. These are things we must think about, but there's no need to worry because when you're living for God you know that when you die you're going to heaven. I was watching a movie a couple weeks ago and these people lived in a different country and everyone who were Christians had to die for their faith. They burned them alive, with straw stuck to them and they put them up on a cross in the water and let them stay there until they died. This one guy kept denying Jesus and even let his own family die for Christ but he didn't even though he was supposed to be a Christian. It's just something that we should always think about. Are you willing to die for Christ? Do you love Jesus enough to die for Him when He died for you?

Psalms 91
The Lord is our refuge so we should trust Him. I love Psalms 91 and I say it in the morning and before bed. It's just nice to reassure and confess God's protection over our life. (Psalm 91:6- nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning.) It's nice knowing that the Lord even protects us from sickness, plagues and death.
Exodus 12:21-51

The Lord takes care of His children and one of the greatest examples of this is Jesus. God sent Jesus when we were only sinners and didn't even deserve what He did for us. It cost Jesus His own life to purchase our salvation. (John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.) Jesus was beat down and hung on a cross for us and days later God raised Him from the dead and now He sits at the right hand of the Father.

So if you're ever thinking that living for God isn't worth it and that whatever you're going through is too much to bear just remember that almost all of the disciples died a horrible death. John was the only one that had a normal death. We see people dying for the faith and we don't even realize that although it's a horrible thing it's also an honor. Anybody who has died for Christ will have a great reward in heaven. (Matthew 16:24-25- Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who keeps his life for himself shall lose it; and anyone who loses his life for me shall find it again.) So remember that whenever you suffer for God don't forget that He takes care of His children and He is right there with you.