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ALOT to be thankful for...

I ended up attending a college graduation ceremony last night - it was for Phd and Masters graduates. My dad is a college professor, and 3 of his Phd students graduated.

Pretty much when I walked around the halls afterward, it felt like I was invisible(and noone even noticed I was there). And then when we all met outside, while I said my hellos and hugs to them, it was as if noone knew I didn't exist. The good news was that I was able to pull over and hide for a bit, so that I could read my NT pocket bible.

OK - pt I'm trying to make here is that as born-again believers - we do NOT have to fear when walking through this lost and wicked world, why? B/c God MARKS his children, and keeps them unspotted from the world. It was as if a big peace just swifted over me the entire time - b/c I am just very thankful that our LORD has given us eternal life, the fruit of the Spirit, and that crown of righteousness when we meet him in the air in the imminent future. On the contrary - those Phd and Masters graduates I saw, I just can't help but wonder that they've been deceived in terms of serving their lives completely to this world system.(BTW - that university President acted very effeminate) I'm NOT trying to act Pharisitical here, but this is one instance where I'll admit I'm thankful I'm not in their shoes.

Philippians 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)


I've been a big murmurer and complainer over this last week - but I believe the LORD got me out to that graduation ceremony to pray and ponder over these things(I was asked by my parents at the last minute) - and that's pretty much what I did during much of the ceremony.

I know we all go through alot of unexpected tribulations and afflictions in this world - but ultimately we have ALOT to be thankful for - our LORD pulling us out of the fire, giving us HIS TRUE WORD, keeping us unspotted from the world, giving us discernment, giving us opportunities to witness the gospel to others, brethren that edify you, the LORD getting you to continue to learn things, etc.

Ultimately, everything else is DUNG!

Philippians 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

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