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Everyone one remembers the song, “I never promised you a Rose Garden”. That is the only part of the song I remember. But if you listen to the preachers and teachers of today, that is exactly what they say that God has promise us, “A Rose Garden”. That He wants us to have mansions & have our own Rose Garden. But that is not what I see in the word. I think the words to that song are more true than we might want to think. And because people are believing these preachers today, they are falling away.

Just like in Mark 4:17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 

I believe we need to be honest with people when they come to the Lord. 

Ps 34:19 Many evils confronts the [consistently] righteous, BUT the Lord delivers him out of them all.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulations and trials and distress and frustration’ but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world.[ I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]

2 Tim 3:12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus WILL meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]

Paul & Silas had received many lashes & were put into prison. Instead of being trapped in self pity or turning from God because life wasn’t a “Bed of Roses” they praised God. (Acts 16:25)

Often we blame tribulations on the enemy, but God uses our light afflictions to help us grow & to fulfill His will in our lives.

God takes us through the fire, not to burn us, but to purify us. He takes us through the water, not to drown us but to wash us. 

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statues.” Ps 119:71

People who are truly saved will grow up in the Lord during trials and temptations. Others will fall away. This is a true sign of genuine repentance and true salvation. The word of God & what Jesus did will change ones life. You will not be the same after salvation. Some fall away because of tribulations & trials, because they are not rooted & grounded in HIM. 

A righteous person says:

“though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down” Ps 37:24

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I WILL ARISE” Mich 7:8

Just as Paul said: “we commend ourselves in every way as [true] servants of God; THROUGH great endurance, in tribulation and suffering, in hardships and privations, in sore straits and calamities, in beatings, imprisonment, riots, labors, sleepless watching, hunger…”

There are many other scriptures that talk about tribulation, trials(count it all Joy), and rough times for the believer. 

Yes God blesses. Yes He will take care of us. BUT He has not promised a “Rose Garden” in this life.  

Why do we feel we must have the best cars, the best clothes, and the best of THINGS, when there is a lost and dying world. A hungry world. A hurting world. 

DON’T fall away because you have troubles and difficulties. HE WILL deliver you and be with you. 

He does promise I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. 

 

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Do as unto the Lord

The bible says a lot about works, but as Eph 2:8-9 says we are not saved by works. So how should we look at works. Works is a natural outflow of a person who has been saved & sanctified. When we place our faith in what Jesus did at the cross, we naturally receive the help of the Holy Spirit to produce good works. 

He is conforming us into the image of Christ. He went around doing good. Most of us trust in self to produce our works. Even the world looks inward to produce good works. Positive thinking, being around positive people, reading positive things , that is what the worked thinks will produce good things in them. If we place our faith in what Jesus did at the cross we will produce good works unto all men. We will have right motives and we will not look to self. 

Why do we want to do good works? Most of the time it is for selfish reasons. We usually want something. There is not good motives behind what we do. God does look at our heart and our motive behind what we do.

No matter what type of person you try to be you can’t do it with self. You must totally rely on God. Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of our Faith. Let the work of the Holy Spirit change you in the person God wants you to be. Let Him produce in you the good works that God wants you to do. Then those works will be profitable unto all men. 

Some scriptures about works:

Do as unto the Lord.

… you have done it unto the least of them, you did it unto me.(Matt. 25:34,40 NASB)

Commit your works unto the Lord, & your thoughts will be established. Prov. 16:3

Even a child is known by his doings, whether his works be pure & whether it be right. Prov. 20:11

In every work… with all his heart.. He prospered. II Chr 31:20-21

(work)… Faithfully II Chr. 34:2

With a pure heart, with all your heart, not to be seen, works will be tried by fire, unto the Lord, Faithfully, RIght works.

Pattern of good works. Titus 2:6

Zealous for good works. Titus 2:14

Heb 10:24; 6:10 – 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Luke 23:41; John 3:19; Rom. 3:20; Col. 3:9; James 1:25; 1 Jn. 3:18; Prov. 16:3; 20:11; 31:31; Jer. 48:7

DON’T BE: (THE OLD MAN) sluggish, lazy, weary, evil doer, wicked, trust not works, do to be seen, or noticed, don’t give great occasion to the enemies by your works.

DO BE: (THE NEW MAN) be zealous, put off old man, do in the name of Jesus, be a doer of the word, careful to maintain good works, be ready to do good works, stir up good works, faithful unto good works, commit your works to God, pure & right, Do not lose heart in doing good, do good unto all me, no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, working with your hands the good things, mind your own business, apply yourselves to good works.

We are to be like Jesus. Titus 2:14 says Jesus gave himself for us that He might redeem us for all iniquity AND purify unto himself a peculiar people ZEALOUS OF GOD UNTO GOOD WORKS. (amp) people who are eager & enthusiastic about living a life that is good & filled with beneficial deeds. 3:1…prepared & willing to do any upright & honorable work. Vs 8 …may be careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations & to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent & right [in themselves], but are good & profitable FOR THE PEOPLE.

Long story short, we are to do good works. We can only do proper and good works as we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross and that guarantees us the help of the Holy Spirit to produce proper works. Don’t depend on yourself. Don’t try & try & try and produce things that are not profitable unto all men. 

DO AS UNTO THE LORD!!!

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