We don’t have to suffer in the same way as Christ did, just believe in God and live in his righteousness

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us, we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ, Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened, For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem, Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
Philippians 3: 10
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it, these are the words of Christ. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Then Jesus said, Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God? If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God, For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Amen


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When You Are Depressed Worried, the Lord is your salvation

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The Lord is My Salvation
(Psalm 18:1-50; Psalm 28:1-9)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Amen


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When you feel down and out.

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Romans 8.31
No Condemnation in Christ
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Amen


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When the world seems bigger than God.

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Psalm 90

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Amen


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What are fears in the eyes of God

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Isaiah 42:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. We must always remind our self that fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision, so let’s find the courage of fear of the Lord God, only fear him when things are not right in our lives, I remember what fear did to me, fear did not shut me down; it woke me up, it gave me a new meaning. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. 1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.

He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Psalm 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Have no fear of perfection - it is hard to reach it and God only knows that. I also know that Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. Do not be afraid; our fate as it cannot be taken from us; it is a gift. I say nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. I believe he who has overcome his fears will truly be free. There is Nothing in life is to be feared, It is only to be understood. I am sure that fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. We must understand to conquer fear it is the beginning of wisdom.
I am certain that fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life. And to finish on the subject I know that fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me. Amen.


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