HOW TO RESPOND TO MISTREATMENT

My fellow Christian bloggers and visitors, I hope the following teaching is a blessing to you. Fear is never of God, and if you are walking in fear, you will not experience THE BLESSING of God in its fullness. Today is the perfect day to begin experiencing THE BLESSING of God. Put the following principles into practice and never look back. There is a more fulfilling Christian life waiting for you!

If you’re being mistreated in your marriage, God wants you to know, he has called us to peace:

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” I Corinthians 7:15 (KJV)

I know many of you are hurting inside because you’ve been mistreated. Don’t become resentful, don’t let bitterness consume you, forgive whoever it is, or was that has caused you so much pain, and move on. God will heal your heart!

If you’re in the midst of a storm right now, write down three virtues that you have and repeat them daily. I did this, just a few minutes ago and then, I said to myself, “Susan, I love you!”

God has healed my heart, and blessed me.

  • I am married to a wonderful man, now. My birthday was yesterday, and he surprised me with what I thought was the best Birthday Card, I have ever received;
  • My son, Jeremy and my two grandchildren, with another on the way;
  • My family;
  • My Lab, Taylor – she’s like my child;
  • The Scleroderma patients, God has entrusted me with;
  • My Facebook family;
  • My friend, Deb;
  • The two men, who have run taylor, every week day, in their cart for about four years, more or less;
  • My website, and those who have encouraged me through their support;
  • My two Facebook Pages: Help End Scleroderma † and Support Scleroderma Awareness: WE NEED A CURE.

God wants to bless you, too!

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

HOW TO RESPOND TO MISTREATMENT By Debbie Przybylski

” You are not your own… For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” – (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Whether we like it or not, there are times when we experience mistreatment by others. It can be a family member who says something against us, or a co-worker who tries to ruin our reputation in some way and blocks our goals to advancement in our workplace. Or it can be a multitude of other situations. In this imperfect world with broken people, we will all face mistreatment. And this often happens with those we are the closest to—husbands, wives, children, neighbors, and co-workers. We live in a world filled with misunderstanding and injustice. There are so many situations where our heart can cry out, “This is not fair!”

As ones who want to grow in prayer, what do we do when we experience mistreatment? What does God want us to do when we feel injustice in a very personal way? How can we have a godly attitude when unfairly treated? How can we keep from bitterness and from hindering our prayer life because of an angry or bitter heart? Keep in mind that bitterness starts as a tiny root that grows up to cause trouble and defiles many (Hebrews 12:5). Let’s look at the biblical example of David because he was able to keep his heart pure in the hardest of circumstances.

The Example of King David

“Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me” – (Psalm 31:5, 15).

David, the man after God’s heart, is one of the greatest examples of how to respond rightly to God when mistreated. David was one who trusted in God to intervene because when he was mistreated by Saul, He did not retaliate. Can you imagine the fear of being sought after and threatened by Saul and his 3000 soldiers? Running for his life as a hunted fugitive, David’s heart must have been pounding in his chest as Saul came into the very cave where he and his men were hiding. Yet David did not kill Saul at this opportune time, but instead he committed his cause totally into God’s hands. He passed one of his hardest tests when his very life was at stake in this dark, dungy cave. See 1 Samuel 24:2-15.

At, yet, another time David had the opportunity to kill his enemy. Saul and his men were sleeping within the camp with his spear stuck in the ground close to his head. Again David refused to harm him. See 1 Samuel 26:2-24 for the full story. He committed his cause into God’s hand. He let God be his deliverer. He said to Saul in verse 23-24:

“May the Lord repay every man… for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed… let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulations.”

Have you or I had to trust God with our enemies to the degree that David did—with our very life?

When you entrust yourself into God’s hands, you make a transaction with God of a very deep nature. You trust in His will for your life in His way and with His timing to intervene. You are transferring your personal rights into His hands and into His responsibility. You are letting God be God in your life to the very core of your being. You are acknowledging His ownership of you. God is always working deeply in our hearts and is developing our inner character. By refusing to retaliate like David did with Saul, you are letting God remove the “Saul” in your own heart.

You are trusting in God’s leadership in your life. You are refusing to retaliate and are bringing God and His activity into your situation. You are bringing God into the conflict and are engaging in spiritual warfare. You are making room for His righteous judgment. You are being tested in your faith deeply as you trust that He vindicates us in His time and ways.

Trusting in God’s Leadership at Sea

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer” – (1 Peter 3:10-12).

I remember several years ago while living on a mission’s ship going in and out of nations with the gospel message, an international crew, and the largest floating book exhibition in the world. We had just left Romania and were sailing towards our next nation, Bulgaria. Right before entering that nation we were falsely accused of being a cult, and suddenly we were told that we couldn’t enter Bulgarian waters. The door was shut completely. With over 300 people on board from over 40 nations, and with numerous programs and plans for the next port, we were stopped in our tracks and had nowhere to go. We were stuck at sea and had to go somewhere, but where?

In that situation we had nowhere to turn but to God in prayer. As a ship’s crew and staff, we had to trust in His leadership. We had to bring Him and His activity into our situation in a deeper and more desperate way. It tested our faith. Our plans up to that point had to drop by the wayside. It would be useless to try to defend ourselves. God had to be our vindicator, our answer, and our solution to this problem.

In a remarkable and amazing way, God opened the door to a nearby Muslim nation. Our ship got unusual publicity. God opened the way into a central port in the city, and we had a wonderful program. We saw God’s fantastic leadership and plan. Our faith grew as a ship’s company and we saw the works of the Lord in a needy land. If we had retaliated and fought to get into Bulgaria, we would have missed the magnificent plan of God. We would have missed His best. His leadership is perfect and surpasses all of our plans. We were able to overcome evil with good when we did not avenge ourselves and pursued peace. God was attentive to our prayers, and we experienced the blessing of God in an unexpected land.

“Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to God’s wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord… if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” – (Romans 12:19-21).

When you bless and pray for your enemies and the very ones who mistreat you, your attitude towards them changes. You heart becomes free. You begin to love your enemies and care about their welfare. Even if you don’t see God’s vindication immediately or even in this life, you will see it one day when God makes everything right.

Is there some situation today where you have the opportunity to overcome evil with good? Is there one or two people who you feel have mistreated you? If you give yourself a few moments of silence, God will often bring someone to mind. We all have situations. Can you entrust yourself to God and bless your enemy? Can you entrust your reputation, future, plans and well-being to God and to His leadership? Let’s learn to commit our spirit into God’s hands. Let’s overcome evil with good. Let’s remember David’s example.

Always remember that you were bought for an incredible price. You can trust in God’s perfect and loving leadership over your life.

“When David ‘committed his spirit’ into God’s hands, he was committing to God everything that deeply touched his spirit such as his reputation, money, possessions, positions, and impact. He was entrusting the outcome of the most important issues in his life to God’s leadership.” – Mike Bickle

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. -Psalm 62:5-6 (NIV)

A Powerful Prayer to Reduce Your Fear

Dear Lord,

You know that we live in a crazy and chaotic world. You also know my struggles in my daily life. When life gets to be too much, please help me come to you. Calm my thoughts and emotions and open my heart to your peace, comfort, and wisdom. Help me not to live in fear. Please reduce the feelings of fear and anxiety that plague me. Help me rest in You and trust You as I navigate through this broken world.

In Your name I pray, Jesus. Amen.

Do not allow yourself to listen to the lies of the enemy (Satan), for he is the prince of lies. Do not allow yourself to be shaken by your troubles. To be shaken is to be discombobulated; to be disconcerted – in other words, mixed up and confused. In Christ we have the assurance that He is with us, and He will show us the way. His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path (see Psalm 119:105 KJV). So do not dismay, for we serve a majestic and powerful God. He has everything under His control. Stand firm on the rock, Jesus. Keep your eyes focused on Him alone and say with all certainty, “I will not be shaken; I will find rest for my soul in You alone, my Lord and Savior.”

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)

Sources:

Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski

Devotional by Bayside Christian Church, entitled, “I Will Not Be Shaken.”

crosswalk.com, A Powerful Prayer to Reduce Fear By Carrie Lowrance

The Holy Spirit – Accepting Jesus

The first step to becoming a Christian and getting filled with the Holy Spirit is accepting Jesus.  Every human being has sinned, it is impossible for a man to have lived without sin.  This sin separates us from God.  The sin in our lives also leads us to spiritual death.  The punishment for sin is death.  God is a fair judge, He does not act partially against specific people or specific sins.  He totally hates sin and all sin is wrong if God’s justice prevails.

The only thing greater than God’s justice is His mercy.  Jesus is God’s way of removing our sin, He gave us his only begotten son so that we may be forgiven and saved.  Jesus took upon himself the sins of the whole world and died as the penalty so that we may be set free and experience the love of God and have fellowship with him.

Acknowledging and repenting of sin is very simple. You need to own up to your actions and accept you were wrong.  You need to be sorry and deep down in your heart decide that you do not want to commit the sin again.  Next, tell God you are sorry, he can hear you anywhere.  You don’t have to be in church or before a priest when you confess.

God knows you’re likely sin again, it may be the same sin you just confessed some time ago.  The key here is to understand that god is willing to empower you and help you overcome your weaknesses provided you are truly sorry and you sincerely want to be set free.  God sees you heart and knows if you are playing games with Him.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (ESV)

God has proved how much He loves you by giving up his only beloved son to the death sentence so that you may enjoy life, the whole Bible is a love letter written by God telling you how much He loves you.  The question is will you accept God’s Love?  Will you accept Jesus Christ?

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”  Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

God’s solution is really simple, to accept Jesus you need to confess using your mouth that he is Lord and believe in your heart that he rose from the dead.  The minute you do this you are eligible to receive the Holy Spirit.

Life Application

  • Accept Jesus, if you have not already done so.  He is waiting with arms wide open for you.
  • It is the Holy Spirit that actually converts you soul and draws you to Jesus.
Jesus died for you, because He loves you more than you can comprehend! If you wish to ask Jesus to take the wheel in your life, please click on the link below:

https://jesusiswaitingwithopenarms.com/2019/07/13/come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Resource: The Holy Spirit by Blue Flames

In 2 Peter 1:4, What does Peter mean by “partakers of the divine nature”?

It means being made partakers of his godliness, his character, his likeness, his virtues.

2 Peter 1:3-4, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

To understand the full context of the scripture we need to go to other scriptures.

Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

We are made partakers of his divine nature by being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God. That is the character of God was in Christ and the same character is in every true believer.

1 John 2:5-6, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”

That is to say that the sign or evidence that the redemptive work has taken effect in us is his life, virtues and works projected through us. In other words Christianity is a projection of the life of Jesus Christ in his redeemed. This scripture is telling us being partakers of his likeness is projected in our walking like him. We will refer to some other scriptures:

1 John 4:17, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

The above scripture of 1 John 4:17 is telling us being partakers of his divine nature is also being partaker of his likeness. When one is made a partaker of God’s divine nature, Christ lives and walks in you.

Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
 

A person that is a partaker of God’s divine nature is God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:10,22, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. […] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 6:16, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Being made partakers of his divine nature means also being partakers of the works of the Spirit:

John 3:6,8, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. […] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

John 14:10,12, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. […] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

A Christian without the gifts of the Holy Spirit is like a man that has a job to do but doesn’t have the tools. The spiritual tools of God are the gifts of the Spirit which He wants exercised in full by all of His children. He repeatedly demonstrated His will through the prophets, through Jesus Christ, and through early believers.  He has repeatedly promised such power to every believer.

In Luke 24:49, Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he told his disciples:

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

In the scriptures below, Paul the Apostle, is asking believers, if they have received the Holy Spirit, since they believed:

Acts 19:1-6, “…Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him,  We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?  And they said, Unto John ‘s baptism.  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.”

and their reply was “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost” and then Paul laid hands on them, so they would receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the spiritual tools (the gifts of the Holy Spirit), to do God’s work.

There are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 12:7-11, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

The partakers of his divine nature are a part of the good tree that bears good fruit:

Matthew 7:15-18,20,21, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. […] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

The moment anything is born it has certain powers of its parents.  The offspring of a fish can swim and live in water; the bird can fly; and the dog can bark.  It would be a miracle for the dog to live in water or the fish to live and fly in the sky.  This would be contrary to nature.  It is likewise contrary to nature that men can be born of God spiritually and partake of His nature and live and act contrary to the nature of God.  The children of God should manifest a supernatural nature in life through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and through faith in the name of Jesus Christ and His atonement. God has provided the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit for such manifestation of divine life in His children.

Jesus loves you more than you can comprehend! If you have not yet asked Jesus, to take the wheel in your life, and to forgive you for your sins, and you would want to now, please click on the link below:

https://jesusiswaitingwithopenarms.com/2019/07/13/come-to-jesus-just-as-you-are/

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Sources: Bible Hermeneutics.

God is Smiling at You!

You can read a lot from people’s faces, can’t you? Without ever hearing a word, you can sense irritation, pleasure, doubt, worry, and fear. You can sense condemnation, too. You can tell if someone is angry with you before a word is said. How good are you at forgiving people who have done you wrong? Not so hot? Do you hold grudges sometimes?

Sometimes we assume that that’s how God looks at us—never really forgiving completely, still angry, still remembering our moral failures. If we try to imagine his face, we fear that He is frowning. Instead of being fearful and imagining a frown when you talk to God, imagine that God is smiling at you.

God eagerly desires a loving relationship with you. That’s why He arranged for our wrongs to be placed on the head of an innocent substitute, His own Son, Jesus. That’s why He instructed Moses to speak words of kindness to the believers and bless them like this:

“The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:” Numbers 6:25 (KJV)

May God give you communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with a constant sense of His approval; and grant you prosperity in your soul, and in all your secular affairs! He loves you!

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

God Protected My Son and I

“My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent people you save me. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4 (NIV)

The phone call came at about 10 p.m. My husband, son and I were sleeping. My husband was a Locksmith, and it was a call to go and unlock someone’s car. My son, Jeremy and I got out of bed to wait for his return.

While waiting, I left the room to go to into bathroom, when all of a sudden, I ran down that hall, and no sooner than I got to the living room, there came a knock at my door. I went to the door, and said “Who is it?” and there was no answer. I looked through the peep hole in the door, and there was someone standing there wearing a black hoodie with his head down. All of a sudden, the door knob began to turn. I stayed by the door, and told my son to get our gun. After Jeremy gave me the gun, I told him to call the Police. When he had them on the phone, I took the phone, and explained the situation to them. The Police told me to shoot, if that man come through the door, and they were on their way. They arrived about 20 minutes later but, he was gone. Shortly, thereafter, my husband returned.

God protects His children! But when He speaks to you, it is very important to listen and to obey Him.

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will stengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)

May the PEACE of GOD be with you;
May His LOVE overshadow you;
May His HOPE fill your heart;
And may His JOY be full in your soul.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darknes. It is not by strengh that one prevails;” I Samuel 2:9 (NIV)

In † Christian Love, Susan