Jeremiah 23: 16-17A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies:

“Don’t listen to the sermons of the prophets.

It’s all hot air. Lies, lies, and more lies.

They make it all up.

Not a word they speak comes from me.

They preach their ‘Everything Will Turn Out Fine’ sermon

to congregations with no taste for God,

Their ‘Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen to You’ sermon

to people who are set in their own ways.

When this is preached, the people live in disillusionment. The reality of the rain on the just and the unjust shatters this idea that since God is with us, that all will be well. I’ve heard it, and probably believed it for much of my life.

Here is the truth: John 16: 33  “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Being with Jesus does not get us out of trouble: being with Him gives us hope, peace, strength and joy THROUGH the trouble.

There are those who live their lives avoiding pain and then, there are those who go though the pain and come out on the other side. We call them:

Warrior

Gladiator

Victor

Courageous

Determined

Winner

Conqueror

Overcomer

That is who God is fashioning us to be and we can’t embrace these titles without adversity.

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