Suffering in the Flesh

My note: I agree with all that Mary is saying here….and would add my 2 cents; Christians would rather do anything than admit they may have some secret, unconfessed sin, or…have opened a spiritual door for a demon to afflict them, and yes, demons can afflict mentally and physically. In many churches, it seems as if Satan, via his demons simply don’t exist….and yet, one sees so many “good” Christians afflicted with various maladies, such as diabetes, cancer, even panic attacks and depression. I’m including myself here because there are some unresolved health issues I am seeking answers to.

I don’t want to offend a brother or sister, but frankly, we have to examine the hidden parts of ourselves and seek out what we may be doing that’s causing our own problem, instead of just blaming it on the devil, or….EVEN GOD. I’ve recently heard a woman to thank God for her physical, emotional and spiritual suffering and ask Him for more of it in order to purify her. That sounds like the “Catholic version” of religion not the gospel of Christ. Folks, we need to study deeper into the word, and as we do, God will make us aware that He will put us to the test of requiring us to walk in it. We’re going to get our papers graded to see if we’ve been paying attention.

 

 

“In order to understand what “sharing in the sufferings of Christ” means, we must first understand what “the flesh” according to scripture means and what it does not. When it is said that our “flesh must die”, God is not talking about our physical flesh and blood bodies. (of course the day comes when we all will die, but that has nothing to do with conquering “the flesh”) This flesh is our unregenerated propensity to sin. This flesh is what wants its own way and not the way of God. This flesh chooses to sin. This flesh is weak and unable to overcome temptation. This is the “flesh” that must die. And we have to “kill it” – we have to choose God’s way and provision to overcome its natural tendencies. By this we mature and grow in grace. It does involve much suffering….. mental and emotional suffering, because it is hard to bring it into subjection to the Word of God. But it can be done, or else God’s Word would not say……”For as much then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.” Phil. 3:10. What Christ suffered when on earth, allows us to arm ourselves with the same mind – He was tempted in all ways but without sin. Hebrews 4:1 . We can, by the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us, conquer that “flesh” and not sin. If we do sin, we confess it and “repent”, strive even harder to keep that flesh desire from causing us to fall.
Also, if we are persecuted for the Gospels sake, beaten, tortured, rejected, despised, and killed as Jesus was, we are definitely sharing in His sufferings for the very cause He came to earth – to preach the Word of God unto salvation through Him and Him alone. Now, people get beaten, tortured, rejected and killed every day, but not for preaching the gospel. Do they share in His sufferings? Are they guaranteed a place in heaven because of it? Of course not.
Moving on – a false teaching that has surfaced is that if you do not suffer (physically in your body or having chaos in your life), you are not sharing in His sufferings and you will not “make it”. You will not endure to the end. You need physical bodily suffering in order to be counted among the “few who will enter in”. It is a good thing if you not only battle the “flesh” sin nature, but that also includes suffering in your flesh and blood body…that God allows you to be sick so that you will be more holy and qualified. God is not healing you because you need to do something “in your flesh” to assure eternal salvation. But that is NOT what this scripture means:
1 Pet 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
There is nowhere in scripture that says one must be sick or injured or attacked by demons causing physical suffering and chaos to qualify and enter into the fellowship of His sufferings.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
Philippians 3:10
If being sick or disabled was necessary, then the Apostles and early believers would not have been able to spread the Gospel. God would have allowed them to be sick. They would have been incapacitated, bed-ridden, useless to the Great Commission. Many times they were healed of the tortures they received. John was thrown into boiling oil, but survived! Paul was thought to be dead, but stood up perfectly healed. To include physical (medical) suffering as being necessary to “make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you” is a far cry from the actual meaning of the scripture. The bible is full of testimonies of HEALING AND DELIVERANCE.
There are those who suffer with illnesses, diseases, demonic attacks, and disabilities. We know that God does allow all things. Many times, physical problems result from reaping what someone has sown – lifestyle choices, unrepented sin, just living in a poisoned fallen world. However, being sick does not make you holier than those who are not. Here is the false doctrine being circulated! If you’re not having physical problems and are not receiving a healing, then you must be “sharing in the sufferings of Christ” and you are closer to God than those who are well. There is a guilt trip put out on those who for whatever reason, do not have horrendous physical problems! It makes one wonder if they are right with God when they are reasonably healthy and don’t have drama, chaos and a mess of physical sufferings going on in their life at the moment.
More than likely, those promoting this idea have unrepented sin, mostly pride, that hinders their healing or deliverance and they are seeking answers as to why they are not healed. They must find some reason! anything other than admitting the sin in their lives that has blocked their answer to prayers. So they come up with an unbiblical excuse. Pride will always try to make you think you’re better and holier than others.
Other times, God is sovereign and we don’t know why. But one thing is for sure – being sick does not make one any holier or free from sin. That is adding to the finished work of Christ! He paid for all through HIS sufferings, not ours, and only His Work is necessary to bring us through and endure to the end. We must kill our “flesh”, not our bodies! We see many cult members flogging themselves, cutting themselves, causing physical harm to themselves in order to get closer to their “gods” – should we have that mindset??? of course not!
If we are sick or have a disease or disability, God surely does work within us to draw us closer to Him and to give us comfort, patience and strength – but our righteousness is in Christ alone, not in the physical shape of our bodies. Some people are healed, some are not – again God is sovereign – but if someone is not healed, and begin to preach that therefore they must be more sanctified, or holy, or of the “few that will enter in” because of their physical illness, they are gravely deceived. What a can of worms that teaching opens! People may think that they shouldn’t even pray for healing or deliverance because they need to “share in the sufferings of Christ”. They may feel guilty because they are relatively healthy! It is a slippery slope for sure.
This type of false teaching must be exposed. We must learn what suffering for Christ, or sharing in Christ’s sufferings really means. We must differentiate between the “flesh” and the “physical body”. There is only one scripture that talks about turning someone over for the destruction of the flesh, and as we can see – it was an unrepentant fornicator!
‘1 Peter 4:11 Corinthians 5:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
If you are physically sick, unless you have grave, unrepented sin in your life, you have not been delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh! Even in this scripture, it says that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. The false teaching says that if you are not suffering physically, “there will only be a “few” that enter in. Most refuse to suffer and they will be cast into outer darkness”. If you refuse to die to self and kill your sin nature, of course you will not make it. But if you add not receiving a healing as a qualifier, you’re mistaken.
Yes, suffer in your flesh – your natural man desires, temptations, sins – strive to “kill” all of the fleshly desires – but NEVER believe that having a physical illness will qualify you for eternity more than someone who doesn’t. This attitude is unacceptable – it is not the Mind of Christ, nor His will. Don’t let wolves cause you to doubt or feel guilty, or God forbid, wish that you were sick or injured or disabled so that you could “share in His sufferings”.
Also, be aware that your “suffering” may indeed be the chastening of the Lord for sins in your life that you refuse to acknowledge. You have not suffered unto blood striving against sin. A chastisement in your body does not bring about righteousness – (as does the price paid by our Savior in His) – it is meant to bring about conviction and repentance. Learn the difference and don’t succumb to twisted interpretations designed by Satan to derail your faith and understanding of the finished Work of Christ.
Hebrews 12:1-6
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If you can’t figure out why you have physical problems and think in your self-righteousness that you are without a part in it somehow, seek the Lord deeper and harder – listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and don’t just try to justify yourself by making up a teaching that can damage especially those young in the Lord in the Body of Christ. You will be held accountable for every word.
God would never deny healing because illness is necessary to secure and endure. It is NOT. Jesus paid that price by His gruesome death and resurrection. To think otherwise is just plain pride. Remember – it’s not about you and if the only way you can justify your condition is to make something up and twist scriptures to confirm it, beware.

 

Earthquake Activity: Signs of the End – July 1st, 2019

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earthquake

This is a brief word of revelation connected to other prophecies which will soon go up. This word was received this morning July 1st, 2019– 9:02 a.m. I woke up to see red spots, red concentric circles sort of… vibrating before my eyes. I thought perhaps it’s because of just waking from sleep, but even when I sat up I saw more and more of these circles appear in front of me. I’ll try my best to explain what they looked like:

A small or large red circle, surrounded by concentric rings spreading out in real time like ripples of a pond. These spots were pulsing like heartbeats, and the rings of the larger ones spread out wider and wider, covering more area than just the epicentre of the red dot. As I looked, the few circles multiplied greatly until I saw a map covered with so…

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FLOOD: A Word to the ‘Stans, Pt 2 – June 24, 2019

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afghanistan

The prophecy of coming floods continues from Sunday June 23, 2019. This is a strong word, please take note.

I see tears and weeping in certain Muslim countries. They are crying because they are devastated by floodwater, too much water: water overflowing from dams into rural areas,  cities flooded by rainwater, made helpless by overflow from everywhere. I see flooding in the ‘stans- Pakistan and another nation called Uzbekistan, and a third nation Khazakstan– all three are due for judgement. I see water flooding up the streets of these nations, washing away the images of the gods that the people serve there. The people are running before this water but there is no way they will outrun this water. There will be mass flooding in these areas and the people will cry because of their losses – property and life- may the grace of God be available to…

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FLOOD: Woe To The Cities, Pt 1 – June 24, 2019

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Dawn view of Miami Skyline reflected in water

“THE SEAS… ROARING…”

In church on June 23, 2019 the Lord gave me a prophecy. It often comes like this- a portion of scripture, then an avalanche of revelation. The complete verse is:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” – (Luke 21:25)

My child, I will flood these cities. All these cities. I will wash them away and carry them to their own end. They have defied Me; they are conclaves of brokenness falling to ruin upon themselves. Nothing is in them but wickedness- these buildings shelter nothing but hateful practices hidden from the naked eye, each one contained in the false privacy of an apartment or ‘condo’. I see through those walls as glass. I watch them defile themselves and do…

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Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin – June 3, 2019

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belshazzar's feast

God spoke to me about the end of America. Last night during the prayers online I kept hearing Mene, Mene, Tekel PharsinMene, mene. I said “Lord, am I under judgement. Have I done something?” Because I know that is not a good sentence. I got no answer but every few minutes and several times more as we continued the prayer- Mene, Mene, Tekel Pharsin.  So I thought, “This must be for study- God is telling me to study this passage”. I made a note of it: Daniel, the handwriting on the wall, I’ll read it before bed.

After prayers were done I refreshed the story [Daniel 5]– Belshazzar had a feast with his aides, governors, princes and concubines, and at one point of the party called for the holy objects of the temple to be brought so he and his guests could eat and…

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