To Share in Christ’s Sufferings and Joys

To Nominal Christians, or in other words, Christians who are not saved from hell

My prayer to my Father God is that by the power of the Holy Spirit, He will use my Testimony, my Spiritual Gifts and the Holy Bible to encourage them to take the living Lord Jesus Christ seriously.  To venture upon Jesus by a present acceptance of Him as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, and see if He will not do for them exceeding abundantly above all that they asked or thought.  The Holy Spirit will give them a chance to understand their need for salvation.

Jesus can be Trusted

It is truly wonderful that in this evil world we can have in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ someone living in us who can be trusted.  During some of the darkest days of my life, his presence was the most obvious to me.  During an eleven-year period of being persecuted and ostracised here in Birmingham, I often sat, stood, or walked in meditation feeling myself being gently rocked by the Holy Spirit.  These most priceless experiences have enabled me to restore to my mind during times of doubt the positive truths of Gods faithful companionship with me and my Family.

So often Jesus has just responded to my crying with the gentle words:

I know, I know.”

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

Our Suffering can be Beneficial!

I am constantly learning to increase my trust in the Lord Jesus!  Though at times I seem so slow.  Throughout this testimony, I want to share with you just a few of my remarkable personal experiences that have resulted from my union with Him, my faithful master and friend, all these years.

John 21:24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.A living Saviour, whom along with His Father and the Holy Spirit came into my life and made their home with me and my family.  A true miracle!

Saving faith is heart trust in Christ; that works by love, it purifies the heart, and overcomes the world; no faith is saving that has not these attributes.  My faith is confidence in Jesus as a fact and a person based on my years of experiences and knowledge of His reliableness and consistency; a phenomenon of my will in obeying spiritual enlightenment, given upon repentance of my sins and trusting Christ.  My faith does not consist in embracing what I do not understand.  For “saving” faith is the life of God in the soul of man resulting from a subjective experience founded upon objective truth.  The Holy Bible does not teach “blind” faith.

To believe in a Personal Saviour you do not know, is impossible!  Believing in the Holy Bible is not enough.  Attending Church and following its rules and traditions, is not enough.  You have to be living in an ongoing personal spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to be saved!

You will read how, with them, we went through some truly desperate times of testing and survived, even overcoming our own dismal failures.  Whenever I stumbled, which was too often for my liking, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were kind enough to show me great patience and mercy.  They were firm, kind, and compassionate in their treatment of me an offender under their power and grace.  Not giving me fully what I deserved for my failings but only that chastisement and rebuke that would keep me on the narrow road that leads to life eternal with them and those also saved in Christ.  Because of this, it is profitable for us not to be frightened or put off by afflictions but to fully understand that God often makes them beneficial.

Afflictions:

  •  Promote the glory of God.
  •  Exhibit Gods power and faithfulness towards us.
  •  Teach us the will of God.
  •  Turn us to God.
  •  Keep us from again departing from God.
  •  Lead us to seek God in prayer.
  •  Convince us of sin.
  •  Lead us to confession of sin.
  •  Test and exhibit our sincerity.
  •  Try our faith and obedience.
  •  Humble us.
  •  Purify us.
  •  Exercise our patience.
  •  Render us fruitful in good works.
  •  Further the gospel, as we are able to be fruitful witnesses of our living Lords involvement in our past and present circumstances.

God Knows

God always knows what He is doing; it is us who struggle to understand.  Therefore, we can place our trust in Jesus!  I trust Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, though I still wobble.  For without His sacrifice for me on the Cross at Calvary, His resurrection back from the dead, His ability to unite with His disciples, and His years of miraculous patience with me, I would be looking forward to an eternity in Hell.  He has proven Himself to me over-and-over again.

John 14:23  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Has my Lord Jesus describing what has to happen in order for him and his Father God to come and make their home with you. In addition, John 14:24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” Has my Lord describing those people whom He and his Father do not come and make their home with them. The people who prove they don’t love Him simply because they do not obey his teachings. Even though they may call themselves, “Christian”.

Feeling the Lords’ pain

When He and his Father have made their home with you, you begin to share through the Holy Spirit of God, their emotions. To have the mind of Christ is to share his feelings, just as he shares his disciples’ feelings.

I truly believe that there are many Christians who do not share their life with the Lord God and his Father. They have religious belief and varying amounts of Bible Knowledge. But what they do not have is a life within God’s Family. They do not feel what God feels.

Isaiah 53:
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Thus it is today, and we who are his true Disciples, share in all this because he lives with us, in us and through us. We are treated likewise. But if anyone did not deserve such treatment, it was Him, the perfect Son of God that I have been privileged to call, “Brother”, through my adoption into God’s Family.

Praise the Lord for He is perfectly Good!

What he has done, is doing, and will be doing for Mike Hill, he can do so for you. Seek the Holy Spirits help while you can.

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I have been a disciple of my Lord Jesus since the 1970's. Through my website I teach about Union with Christ as described in John 14:23.

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