FOOD FOR THE SOUL: No Pain, No Gain

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By: Pastor Henry

Pain is not just a physical or emotional thing there is also the pain of obedience! (3 John 1:2.)

The Word of God tells us that God wants us to be blessed. He wants us to prosper.

To do this, we need to find out what the guidelines and the spiritual laws are that lead to prosperity and blessing. And there’s one thing that stands between knowing and doing:

Pain is not just a physical or emotional thing there is also the pain of obedience. For example, if we hear about giving, and then go home and God puts it on our heart to give away a favorite possession, we’re going to feel some pain. Our flesh is not going to cheer us on.

How about the pain of forgiving someone or not getting back at someone who has hurt us? We could talk for hours about being submissive to authority and we wouldn’t feel any pain. But wait until the first time someone tells us to do something and we don’t want to do it.

The Bible talks about those who progress and those who don’t. It talks about the Word of God being sown like a seed into different types of hearts. Some people are fine. They hear the Word, receive it with joy and are all excited until they receive some opposition.

See Mark 4 ; It’s the same thing when it comes

But we also need to know there are some new problems that come along as a result of becoming a Christian. You get rid of an old set of problems, and you inherit new ones.

A Christian is one who is completely fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble.” We need to be aware of the fact that the Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. In fact, the Bible tells us, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22 NKJV.

But why does God allow trials and hardships in the life of the Christian? Let us look at one of the reasons.

First, adversity levels us and keeps us humble. Prosperity has a tendency to make people proud and self-sufficient. We don’t think we need God when we have a wallet full of a lot of money both in the bank, investments and good health. So we sort of ignore God. But when an economy crashes just as it is happening in our country Nigeria or when something bad happen , we turn to God because we are reminded of what really matters. As the psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67).

So Let’s choose to be doers of the Word so that progress and blessing come into our lives. And let’s be willing to push through the pain , With steadfast determination and patience, we will continually move forward in our walk with God.

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