Chapter 22

My goal is that you and your brethren (in our words- and sister too) may be encouraged in heart and united in Love, so that you may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that you may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

So, let’s get busy! Treasures??? We are about to get paid!!! Payday, payday! Alleluia!

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;

the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6

And ‘wisdom’ is the knowledge of God and in ‘knowing’ is wisdom.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

To practice what we preach, let us pray:

Lord Jesus, Hallelujah! We praise You for the perceived difficulties in our lives. So often we want to give up. Thank You for faith. Even gave th as slight as a mustard seed accoints for much in Your Kingdom. Lord we thank You for bearing our wrongs on Your back. We know that the father of all lies sought to fool you to step against The Word that You wrote. We praise You for stepping politely aside. Lord, You know all, we kneel before you in submission for rather than call Your angels to Change Life forever, You changed it in a different way. Lord, You bore my faults on Your back. Thank You Lord! We lay before you in subjection to your Kingship. Touch us, heal us, fill us, hold us that we may do Your will. Thank you for the trials, they make us hold onto You tighter. Lord, help me as I fall! Be glorified in me. Alleluia for the testimony in Jesus’ name. Amen

Do we have ‘wisdom’? Are we knowledge filled? As we go through trials, let us not that they are for a ‘short’ period. Lazarus was ‘dead’; his spirit had left his body. It was to and for the glory of God. What did He do as a believer for those days? I can tell you that where he was if he had a choice, he would have stayed. It is for the ‘comfort’ of our loved ones that many times we are brought through ‘trials’. Funny enough, Paul in his ministry said

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”

Philippians 1:21–23

We can look at this many different ways. To pass away does not ‘automatically’ mean you are in Heaven, but the timeless afterlife. Yes, there is a positive and a negative as we shared, there no ‘time’ exists. You are here on Earth, then you pass and based on decision you are where decisions placed you.

As shared, I thought, the billion billion Spirits that have passed on would take eons to judge. I have a new view; there ‘time’ does not exist. Yes, we will be aware that we are ‘experiencing’ but it will be in a ‘timeless’ fashion.

We can read further what Paul says:

“According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better”

Philippians 1:20–23

He makes this a bit complex to understand, but in faith as Christians our next stop is the final stop and it is filled with Glory.  To be with Christ is far better, but we have a job to do first. Believe? Not just that. Witness? Yup, that’s a part of it. Let me ask you this. The people you love, especially your family; wouldn’t you love to spend eternity with them? I am aware that I did not address ‘couples’, that is a given.

1. Prayer and Fasting

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.…But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6, 17-18

The first guaranteed winner is prayer and fasting. God desires that his children seek him through faith-filled prayer and fasting, and he promises to reward those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Prayer is one of the chief ways we show our reliance on God and are able to know him. Be sure to put your stock in what God values and rewards, and make sure you are living a life characterized by seeking God through prayer and fasting.

2. Compassion for the vulnerable

…Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Matthew 25:37-40

3. Bearing insults and being excluded for the name of Christ

Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23)

It seems to be backwards for us to be told to “rejoice” and “leap for joy” when we are hated for being Christians. But that is exactly what Jesus says. He knows that persecution in his name brings promised blessing and rewards and glorifies the Father. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so great that, even when we are ridiculed on earth for it, we receive treasure in heaven.

4. Generous giving

…Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

5. Hospitality that cannot be repaid

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)

6. Love for your enemies

7. Endurance through pressures in ministry

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

So, we have a few things to ‘aim’ for. Everything in ‘wisdom’. That comes through praying and knowing The Lord.

Again, these are available online, but realizing that it is possible that you would not get to them, I share them here.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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