God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Romans 8:29

       Suffering can be used to prepare us for a special task. The greatest example of this is Joseph, who was mistreated by his brothers and sold into slavery for 20 pieces of silver. But Joseph lived out the truth of Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

        His brothers thought they would never see Joseph again, but God, through His providence, elevated Joseph to be the second most powerful man in Egypt, in charge of the food supply. So when a famine hit the land and the brothers of Joseph went to Egypt for grain, little did they know they were standing before the brother whom they had betrayed. They didn’t recognize him with the passing of time. And they certainly didn’t expect to see him in that position.

        But Joseph recognized them, and eventually he revealed to them that he was their brother. They collectively thought, We are . . . dead.  But then he made an amazing statement: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20).

       The same is true for us. Even when bad comes our way, God can bring good out of bad. We often isolate Romans 8:28 and don’t think of the verse that follows it: “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

       God’s end game, God’s big plan for you, is not to merely make you happy; it is also to make you holy. God’s desire is that you become like Jesus.

      That’s right, my brothers and sisters. You must become like Jesus in order to be saved and raised on the last day.  You must lose yourself and pick up your cross.  Remember, wide is the way but, narrow is the gate.  We cannot bring our baggage with us when we go… We can’t bring our big screen TV’s. We can’t bring our expensive cars.  We can’t bring our makeup, our bags… Our earthly junk we’ve acquired along the way, we just won’t fit!

The Lord loves you all.  He knows your pain, He knows your suffering, but consider it a blessing and an honor to suffer for the Lord!

 May you all find comfort in the Lord Jesus today…

Brother Jonathan

 

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  1. Gods big plan which is in situe now is to shake humanity by its very soul because they have ignored him for the last time.

    • brojonspann says:

      Yes, one has to wonder as to when the “rath” will come from God, but I want to encourage you not to look for the wrath, but towards God’s love and being obedient to His will. I have read your blog and it seems that you are fighting God a little? Brother, remember… God has called certain people to do certain things in life and we as His servants must respect and obey those calls and follow. You are a gifted writer and I want to encourage you to continue to do so. Remember, your words have weight and can make or break someone and can implacted someone’s life. Consider it a blessing God speak’s through you and hold on to that. God will continue to use all His obedient servants, as long as we open up our hearts and let Him in.

      God Bless,
      Brother Jonathan

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