When I was a kid, I foolishly prayed for pain, knowing “that the testing of [my] faith produces endurance,” leading to perfection and completion (James 1:2-4). Feeling blessed like Job, I wanted to prove myself, but I realize now that only fools pray for pain. Nonetheless, he is a fool who has never experienced true anguish. Instead, I should have prayed for wisdom, understanding that God may pour it down from heaven in the form of pain. This juxtaposition of a loving and all-powerful Creator with the presence of evil perplexes theologians and philosophers alike, but Robert Farrar Capon suggests that “If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either … Maybe… evil is where we meet God.” The book of Job is an encouraging testament to the suffering soul, but anyone who would seek out Job’s pain for himself is beyond ascetic.
5:1 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Co. 10:13 Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. III Jn. 2 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Is.
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to iv do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy god?” Again, do you find any mention of any church in what the Lord requires of
By looking at the work of Saint Augustine and scriptures from Matthew we understand that with a desire to prosper it is possible to be “sucked into sin as if by a drug” (Saint Augustine). As a result of this understanding of envy, the relationship between desire and sin is made clear. In order to explain how this desire is used to prosper against others, we must first understand what desire is. Desire is a strong feeling
Edmund, succumbing to temptation represents that same sin which enthralled mankind from the beginning of time. Continuing on with biblical themes, forgiveness remains the
Their words were free from error and omission and they conveyed the thoughts that the Holy Spirit desired. The writers of the Bible claim to write the very words of God. The Bible is filled with expressions such as, “God said . . .,” “the Lord spake saying .
Have you ever been tempted to say or do something? I believe everyone has been tempted at some point in their life. Tom Walker and his wife were both tempted by the devil himself; he tempted them with money in return for their souls. The thing is if you’re going to make a deal with the devil, don’t expect to win. Greed, you’ve heard the word used in several different ways, but here greed is where someone wants all of something for him/herself.
I feel led to pray so would you like to pray with me? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. Jesus has commanded me to love him with my whole heart and he has commanded me to love my neighbors as myself. Jesus also commanded me to go out into the world and win the people to come to Christ. Again, I love the Lord and I am willing to do his will no matter how hard it gets.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26, 4. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 5. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.