I have a brief word of encouragement from the Lord for all of His faithful daughters aspiring to be great women of God in Christ’s image and any other female that will receive it.1 Today’s cry from females that feel victimized and voiceless and demand a voice to be heard (along with all others that feel the same way for whatever reasons), the God of the Bible would have you to know He hears you! Truly, as it is written, “He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see,” (Psalm 94:9, NKJV)? God hears every voice on earth whether spoken as an inaudible whisper from the heart or loudly shouted in the streets; He hears every single voice!
The response of the Lord is another matter. Indeed, for while He hears every voice, not every voice is calling upon Him. Some who have suffered an injury from living in this sinful, fallen and unfair world believe God is unconcerned and do not call on Him because He did not prevent their injury in the first place. So, they are angry with Him and the world and want someone to feel their pain with their bitterness through the outcry of the heart made visible in self-destruction or shouting upon every platform. Unfortunately, the sinful, fallen world from whence came their injury is limited in what it can and is willing to do to bring forth permanent readdress of evil and healing for its injured.
No such limitations are with the Lord God Almighty of the Bible (Psalm 146)! As it is written, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth,” (Psalm 145:18, NKJV). The Lord’s nearness is not just to hear and comfort, but to take action (sometimes before; at other times in His sovereignty, after the fact). But first, one must call upon Him “in truth”--transparency, true innocence and helplessness.2 If, for example, you are in a place where you should not be in willful disobedience to biblical righteousness, God is under no obligation to keep you from harm or provide perfect justice for your resulting injury. You purposely put yourself in harm’s way.3
Nevertheless, the righteous who fear the Lord are in peril of injury from this world ruled by Satan every day. It is written, “He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him,” (Psalm 145:19-20a, NKJV). Those who fear the Lord are given the general promise of deliverance from evil and injury including its ultimate form, death, when we call upon Him. But we understand His promise is of a general nature and have already accepted the fact that He for His sovereign ends and glory may allow us to suffer affliction or death at any time and are okay with this because they are temporary--we live to Him forever (Luke 9:23-26, 21:16-19; John 21:18-23; Romans 8:18-39)! For this we shout His praise (Psalm 145:21)!
However, not so the wicked to include full throated victims! For whether you are the perpetrator of evil or victim that refuses to call upon the Lord in truth and for salvation; looking only to make people hear and/or pay for your pain, it is written, “all the wicked He will destroy,” (Psalm 145:20b, NKJV).4 This is His soon coming permanent readdress of evil! Therefore, let those who fear the Lord keep on calling upon Him no matter how dark the night; He hears you. Let all who feel voiceless “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near;” abandoning your wicked ways and thinking in all repentance so, He may hear with mercy and forgiveness through the Good News of His Son, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 24:46-47; Romans 10:11-13, NKJV).
1 Learn about the great woman of God in The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study He privileged me to create for females that will seek Him and those that already
know Him and want to grow in their knowledge and understanding of biblical womanhood. The Women’s Group Study is available through your favorite internet bookseller
or in the Strong Man Store.
2 You do not really believe the Lord will hear your demand for justice over the silent screams of the unborn being unjustly murdered through abortion you at the same time
are vocally advocating for or carrying out do you?
3 This is not to blame the victim for the wicked deed done to them. However, keeping it real, just as warning signs are posted all over the world to keep people from possi-
ble injurious situations, so, God in His Word! If you ignore His warnings from Scripture for whatever reasons, you must take responsibility for that and the consequences!
Read my November 5, 2017 post, Sex, Power And Ambition, under the category, Biblical Worldview. Heed the warning signs of God and common sense. Speak up at
the time of injury; seek forgiveness from God as warranted and His justice first in which He will help obtain whatever measure of it will come from Him through this world
and His eternal judgment.
4 The bitter victim is destroyed with the unrepentant perpetrator because using any means including deceit in their vehement insistence that those who injured them pay for
it somehow, they demonstrate their lack of trust in God and usurp Him in their actions who says as “it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’” (Romans 12:19, NKJV).
As the Lord leads, I write to encourage the hearts of His faithful saints in the aftermath of my posts from July 4, 2021. In particular, I remind you that all we temporarily now, and will suffer through to the end of our mortal lives or the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is worth it since we are richly rewarded by Him eternally (Romans 8:18)! Until then, you know that it is our privilege to suffer to whatever extent we do in His likeness and cause to His glory (1 Peter 4:12-16). Trust me; I already know this is easier said than done. Yet, this is God’s will for us in spite of the falsehood in much of American Christianity that makes personal dream fulfillment, health and material prosperity its focus.
What exactly are we suffering for at the end of the day as Christians? Is it not for the sake of Christ as His followers and the Kingdom of God He represents as King and Judge?1 Yes, and He does not deceive us about the cost of following Him until He returns to bring the Kingdom of God to earth declaring plainly to all: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (an instrument of suffering and death), and follow Me,” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, NKJV). Moreover, He soberly urges such ones to “count the cost” which is very steep in prioritizing first love for and sacrificial service to Him in His Kingdom causes (Luke 14:25-35, NKJV).2
This is just as He also lived and served His Father during His earthly sojourn; suffering the agony and humiliation of being crucified naked on a Roman cross to bring about our salvation as foretold (Psalm 22:1-18; Isaiah 53:1-9; John 3:13-17, 19:28-30). As our example in everything, He who insists we be prepared to suffer for Him and His Kingdom causes, suffered first and far greater than any of us that follow Him ever will (Matthew 10:16-33; John 15:18-25; 1 Peter 2:18-25)!3 Thus, as those redeemed for the Kingdom we suffer for its present message in the Gospel from God calling mankind to repent of sin and believe on King Jesus for salvation (Luke 24:46-48; Acts 17:30-31)!
Too, we suffer now, as He did for the Kingdom’s transcendent eternal principles, morality and ethics well articulated in the Bible (Psalm 119:89; Luke 21:33). God has given men freewill and the right to refuse the Gospel and Kingdom. Stirred by demons and hardened in heart by sin, many who reject the Gospel and Kingdom are not simply content with rejection, but feel it necessary to persecute believers among other wicked motives to justify themselves. The uncompromising stand of the faithful our God is “the only true God,” His Gospel the only means of mankind’s salvation and His Word the sole “truth” infuriates them (Isaiah 43:10-13, 44:6-8; John 3:18-21, 17:1-3, 14-17, NKJV).
Atheists, other secular unsaved, jaded unbelieving professed Christians as weak or outright false brethren and religionists along with apostates persecute the faithful around the earth with hostile mockery, scoffing, exclusion from family and community relations as well as support, destruction of personal and church properties, incarceration, physical violence and martyrdom as foretold. As also foretold, however, God will vindicate the suffering His saints have endured and our long wait in faith since the 1st century A.D. for it beginning with the destruction of counterfeit Christianity’s mother (Revelation 17:1-19:4). This is followed by Christ’s glorious return (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12)!
On that special one of a kind day, God in Christ will show the world how much He valued the faithfulness of His saints by glorifying us for all to unavoidably see. For the dead in Christ that are raised and His mortal remnant will receive from Him their immortal bodies aglow with the brilliant eternal glory of God shining from them against the backdrop of the darkened heavens as we obey His summons to join His glorious presence in the sky (Isaiah 13:9-10; Daniel 12:2-3; Zechariah 14:5b-7; Mark 13:24-27; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)! For most of the unsaved on that day, our eternal glorification will be among the last things they see alive on earth.
Gentile survivors with the protected elect Jewish remnant will see our reign with Christ over this earth and universe follow our glorification and full outpour of divine wrath (Daniel 7:13-14, 21-22, 27; Revelation 7:1-8, 20:4-6). We will reign as kings and judges as with all things pertaining to the eternal Christian life, in the image of Christ!4 This is exceedingly greater than Noah and Lot’s after wrath experiences! So then, let the faith in our God of the faithful--even every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ--take to heart all He has promised us as vindicating victory and be comforted in “the whole counsel” of His Word (Acts 20:27, NKJV).5 This is as I wrote to you in a previous word of encouragement.6 Our suffering for Christ is not in vain (James 5:7-12).
1 Read the August 1, 2021 post, Jesus Christ King And Judge!, under the category, Instruction.
2 See the two-part post beginning August, 18, 2019, Lined Up Behind Jesus, under the category, Instruction.
3 See the two-part post beginning May 17, 2020, Persecution, Hatred And Betrayal and Persecution Of American Christians Intensifying on November 29, 2020, both under
the category, Bible Prophecy.
4 Read the July 19, 2020 post, Ruling The Earth Under Christ, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
5 As I write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, aspiring strong men and great women of God in the image of Christ are the Lord’s faithful! The book and
companion Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study and Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study are available at your favorite internet book seller and in the
Strong Man Store.
6 See the August 16, 2020 post, To The Word Of God!, under the category, Encouragement.
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