Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of destined or in the KJV the word that is used is appointed.
1 Thessalonians 3v3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trails. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
Do not be surprised when the word of the Lord brings division among us. It is not suppose to happen because we are one in mind and Spirit but there's always going to be those that persecute us by letting the tempter in, and they are in all places. The tempter shows up anywhere, there's no place on this earth He is not. We know this from the Bible and we know this through our own Spirit by what He tells us. This is something we were destined for or appointed to experience and that is persecution. If we are not being persecuted or creating a division among the people then we are not being lead by Christ. (Matthew 10v34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.) The more Christ ask us to do the more we will be persecuted and create division among people, but He will always send those that love Him and have faith in Him as much as we do, that is the true church of Christ (1 Thessalonians 3v4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted) These trails we go through with persecution should not move us, it should make us stronger in our Faith. If it is moving us then something is wrong with our relationship with the Lord. Our faith in God and our love for Him should show by how we treat other people that are persecuting us. We do not show bitterness, we love them and pray for them. How can the love of God, who we can't see, be in us if we show hatred or bitterness toward another person that is persecuting us that we can see. How can their life change if they are seeing hate or bitterness in us while we are being persecuted. If we stay close to God and His love everyone will increase in love for God and each other. This is why we must stay close to God by faith in His power working through us and say no to the tempter. The tempter is always going to tempt us to give up, to quit, to look the other way, to see people the wrong way, not to get into God's business and God's interest in other people. Satan will always put up a roadblock. If we do not love everyone how is His power able to work through us, through our prayers, through our words and deed? He will strengthen our love and our love for each other will overflow when we remain in His love, so we will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Comes with his holy ones. We are destined for persecution but faith in God's love is more powerful and His love can change anyone's heart to loving each other more! I love everyone with the love God gives me for you! Read 1 Thessalonians 3 and Matthew 10.