10:19 says "...nothing shall by any means
hurt you", yet Paul and many others who were
doing this work of getting the gospel message to others were martyred,
and many Christians throughout the centuries since have also been afflicted
similarly. Why is that?
Jesus said this to His disciples that were with Him back
then when they were to go out into all the world with the
gospel message that He commissioned them to get to others.
Many getting God's word and the gospel
message out today do suffer persecution and some have been physically hurt,
even dying in the process of following this command that they appropriate
to themselves today. So this special protection obviously was for the disciples
(learners) who first were attempting to establish the gospel message in
the world after Jesus death and resurrection.
However, the Bible does tell us: 1Peter
3:13,14 "And who is he that will harm-(original
is 'make evil affect upon you')-you,
if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer-(original
is 'in a plight')-for
righteousness sake, happy are ye. And be not afraid of their terror, neither
of the followers of Christ did act of zeal for God, but not much wisdom
and concern for their fellow man, and
approach got them into serious trouble.
is it that I've never had the opportunity in life to do the things that
are in my heart for good?
God knows what's in your heart
and God is preparing you for eternity.
If you are already a certain way,
God knows that, and then He uses the time
you have here to provide other things in our lives, like the trials and
tests we all face, which bring out the best and worst of us, thus enabling
us to be aware of certain character qualities, both good and bad. From
there we can decide to be a certain way based upon our beliefs, our standards.
This all refines our hearts toward
the ultimate great rewards we'll have once in His kingdom, those of high
positions, depending upon our works of
Now, the amount of works is not as
important as the heart's willingness to do them; willingness to do them
no matter what is going on in our lives that may be negative and/or positive.
So, God knows what's in your heart,
and wants to inculcate yet other things, so you'll be happy ultimately
that you have the greatest reward possible
that you can get. God uses this life. God knows the
good you already have in you. God is concerned with the life hereafter,
more than about opportunities for you specifically to express the good
He knows you have in your heart now.
is it some die after praying for them to be healed?
has been awful, even since becoming a Christian. Everything seems to work
out adversely for me. Romans 8:28
does not seem to work for me. Are not Christians promised super abundance
and that their every prayer will be answered?
Regarding Romans 8:28, read
this and see if you still feel the same. New thoughts change attitude!
Some of God's people have felt this
way from time to time -Judges 6:13.
Does God lie?
-Numbers 23:19. In John
10:10 the original word for abundance is 'super abundance' and in John
15:7, Matthew 21:22 and Mark
11:23 Jesus tells us that if we are abiding in Him, whatsoever we ask
shall be done unto us.
God wants us to have works of love
(Ephesians 2:10; Luke
14:1-15) toward others, as best as we may be able according to our
He promises to reward us for these
(Luke 18:28,29) of the blessings
will be experienced in the next life, the
next step of our existence as resurrected spirit beings existing in
the Kingdom of God -1Corinthians
2:7 "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of
his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." Luke
14:14 "And thou shalt be blessed.....thou shalt be recompensed
at the resurrection of the just."
This life is not really 'where it's
at'. This life is to move from the power
of the devil affecting our negative
thoughts activated through reaction to circumstances and expressed
as displeasure toward others) such as hate,
Emotions are the heart's expressions.
2:1-3 "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the
of disobedience. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times
past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and
of the mind and were by nature
the children of wrath, even as others."
Him we have what He has. Where
it's at! Because emotion
follows thought it's important what a person exposes
his mind to.-...Questions