32507 With the devil on your side
Wherever man erects a house of God to pray, man will find that the devil already has a chapel ready.
If we examine the above two we will find that the latter has the most of the congregation. The words that are spoken are not spoken to please the Lord but to hear they saying it. This word will be denied by them but they should take the cross and follow God, although this seems to be a hard word for too many men. However, it would be much harder if they would hear the words of Gods voice saying: Go from me you cursed people and go into the everlasting fire. This will be a shock for Richard Dawkins the Devil’s advocate and his followers, when he find out that the everlasting fire does insist indeed, and he will be in there without any protecting clothing, day after day.
The ones who however will follow the word and the promise of the cross will not dread that word of everlasting damnation as the sign of the cross will point to Heaven on the day that God will come in judgment. That day all those who followed the Lord and the salvation of the cross and with this confirming them to Christ will await this judgement with great trust. Therefore why should we dread that judgment when we walk in the shadow of the cross? The symbol of the cross means health means life means protection from enemies, protection by the Lord strength of the mind, the joy of spirit; it is the sum of virtue the perfection of holiness. It means that our sins are taken of our shoulders if we sin as we all do from time to time without realising it. Let God judge us not the people who are sinners themselves.
Therefore put your trust into the Lord and you shall go through life everlasting in peace. Walk therefore where you want, seek wherever it pleases you and you will find no better way than the way to the Lord on all your walks. If you however fails to see the road mapped out for you then they will suffer as do shall not find what you are looking for willingly or against your will. You shall either suffer through your body or through your spirit or soul. Sometimes you shall be forsaken of God and sometimes you shall be stirred by Him. But yet it shall not be in your power to be eased or delivered with no remedy, with no solace. Many will say that God does not care that he does not helps or assist, this are the ones who want instant riches and wealth, they forget that new things are invented, new medicines are found, would that not be God leading the hands of those who invent, who create, who cure?
God wills that you should learn to suffer tribulation without comfort, for you shall subdue all things to Him and avoid tribulation. Some mortal man will thinking at escaping what no mortal man should escape, as what man will be without the tribulation and support of Christ, His life was a cross and a martyrdom to give man the rest and joy of life. All of life is full of miseries and tribulation, the higher that a man profited in spirit, the higher he will feel the glory of God shining upon him, for the pain of life is comforted by the love of God. I know He helps even if we do not see it. My late wife was diagnosed with a severe form of Meningitis and the doctors without exception said take her home because she will not live long anymore, and there is nothing we can do. I did prayed to God asked him for help, and so He did to the astonishment of the doctors and the many consultants, she lived for another 15 years, this shows that God does help, even if it is not in a way we do expect.
He is watching over his followers just as the devil from his chapel is watching man causing pain and discomfort upon them. However God is there to spirit the strength to man and give him inwards grace. He will be so greatly supported and strengthened to reject the advances of the Devil with his love for God. For the more he accept the grace of God and accounted himself to God the greater is the easing of the pains that man must suffer. It is not the might of man that eases this but the grace of Christ that man does so great things in his name.
It is not like man to bear a cross, to love the cross, to punish the body, to bring it to slavery, to flee honour and gladly to sustain reproofs and wrongs, to despise him and to will to be despised to suffer all manner of adversities with harms and to desire no manner of prosperity in this world. If you look at yourself see what you are, the follower of the devils chapel of the follower of Christ who dies at the cross to save mankind. If you trust in the Lord then strength shall be given to you coming from Heaven and the world and man shall be made subject to the commandments, your fear for your enemies will be gone nor shall you dread the devil if you are armed with faith and trust in the Lord.
Therefore ignore the devil in his chapel next door and step forwards as a good and true believer of Christ. Make yourself ready to suffer many contrary things, situations and incommodities of life; for He shall be with you wherever you are and you shall find him wherever you go. As such it is said there will be no escape from tribulation and sorrow from evil forces which make you suffer. Place yourself forwards to suffer the tribulations and see them as the greatest consolations; for there are no passions of this time worthy to deserve the glory that is to come. When this point is arrived the glory is sweet to you and is savoury to you for Christ then deem it well with you, you have found paradise on earth.
As so long as it is grievous to you to suffer and you attempt to escape from it, so long the evil will be with you, you try to escape it but it will follow you everywhere. And if you put yourself forwards as you should do, to suffer and even to die, it shall soon be better and you shall have found peace. Then you will be carried into Heaven and never suffer as Christ said: I shall show him how great things he must suffer for my name. To suffer therefore remains for you if you love and praise him.
God would not make you suffer anything for the name of Christ for all men commend patience through few will suffer much more grievous things for the world. Know for sure that you must lead a dying life; and the more that a man died to himself, the more he start to live to God: there is no man fit enough to take heavenly things unless he submit himself to the glory of God. There is nothing more acceptable to God, nothing more wholesome to you in this world than gladly to suffer for Christ. If you had to make the choice you would rather suffer desire to suffer things for Christ than to be refreshed with many consolations. You would praise the Lord and praise the name of Christ.
Because this is what Christ is telling us; blissful is that soul that hears our Lord speaking through us and for us and we take the consolation from His mouth. Praise the lord and blessed are those that receive the words of God and take heed of those words in this world. Blessed are those ears that are deaf for the whisperings of the devil, blessed are those who eyes are close for the predictions of the devil. Blessed are those that they pierce inwards things and study them to find the glory of the Lord and cast them out of the influence of the devil. This we can say of the Lord, You we will follow to you we will listen and follow and obey your words. Keep with us and we will find peace and comfort in the Lord.