Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

The first point I want to make here is that this is not God’s original design. God gave Adam and Eve everything to have the abundant life. He walked with them every morning. No sickness, no pains, no sorrows. Because Adam sinned consequences entered into their lives.

The legacy of Adam’s sin became generational. Sorrows abound not because we sin, but because Adam sinned. It is not our fault that we suffer, it is man’s legacy. There is much that goes into sorrows but those sorrows were not in God’s plan.

So why do we still suffer after we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? It is because salvation is not connected to suffering. Salvation is the reversal of the effects of sin. Sin is death, salvation is life. Sadly the cure for sin is not a cure for the consequences of sin. While we are freed from the penalty of sin, we are not freed, as yet, from its presence. So why cannot we be freed from suffering?

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Romans 8:36-37 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Our enemy is still walking about to seek whom he may destroy. It is not for our sakes that we have not yet been removed from suffering, but for the sake of our brothers and sisters who have yet to come to know and love Christ.

Romans 6:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Because it will be worth it.


Prophetic Signs

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Intelligence agencies monitor communications. An increase in “chatter” often indicates a pending attack. Those in the know cannot help but talk about upcoming events. I have to say that I see an increase in the “chatter” amongst fellow Christians related to the opening verse. Are they in the know? Do they know something the rest of us do not?

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

What I see is a people who are weary. They are tired of persecution of Christians. They are tired of seeing innocent blood being shed. They look at all that is going on in and around Israel, and being aware of end times prophecies cannot help but wonder if indeed this is not the beginning of the end. How much more will it take until our greatest hope is achieved?

But if you would please, allow me to deliver to you a word in due season. If you are weary and you seek some comforter, please hear the Word of the Lord in respect to His coming.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Our task is not done for if it were we would have heard our Lord calling us home. We are the bride of Christ and the hour of gathering unto Him requires that every part of the body should be received. God the Father will not deliver a crippled bride unto His Son.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Do not slow down just because you can see the finish line, finish strong.