Count your blessings instead of your crosses
Count your gains instead of your losses
Count your joys in stead of your woes
Count your friends instead of your foes
Count your smiles instead of your tears
Count your courage instead of your fears
Count your full years instead of your lean
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean
Count your health instead of your wealth
Count on God instead of yourself.
Should we as a society work tirelessly to protect those who are weaker, smaller, and unable to protect themselves? Yes!! 1 in 3 is a conservative estimate of total girls in America that are sexually abused. 1 in 6 boys are also sexually abused. That is hard to comprehend, but I believe those numbers to be accurate if not conservative. The quick answer for WHY is that humans are sinful.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Due to mankinds rebellion against God and sin entering the world we now have death, pain, and suffering. Sin is the root of all of the worlds evils. God provided an way to atone for sin when Jesus (God in the flesh) came and died on the cross to pay the penalty for those who would believe in Him.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Those who don’t believe (faith in Jesus work on their behalf) still have the wrath of God abiding on them.
To go a little deeper-children are easier victims for sinful humans to prey on. Children often times are easy to manipulate, control, abuse, and intimidate.
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
The Bible has a lot of say on this topic and as Christians we should take up the cause of those who cannot defend themselves more fervently! Children represent us as believers who are totally reliant on God! We cannot do anything for ourselves spiritually-just as many of these children cannot do anything for themselves physically. Yes would should fight against these injustices, but we should never neglect preaching the only message of hope and love that has eternal ramifications (the Gospel) in all of our social efforts.
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Famous Last Words by Christian Martyr’s
When asked to swear allegance to Ceaser to escape execution Polycarp answered “Eighty and six years have I now served Christ, and he has never done me the least wrong, how, then, can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?”
Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
John Huss, Bohemian Martyer, eminent reformer died at the stake in Constance, Germany on his 42nd birthday. He did for believing the scriptures to be an infallable authority and the supreme standard of conduct. At the last moment, the Duke of Davaria urged Huss to recant, only to recieve the heroic reply:
“What I taught with my lips, I now seal with my blood”.
John King was seized along with seventeen others. Taken to Edinburgh for trial, they were condemned and executed. Their heads and right hands were nailed to the Netherbow Port. After his lengthy testimony, with its firm and faithful denial of any rebellion and it’s clear witness to the faith, Kings last words before he died were;
“Now I bid farewell to all my friends and dear relations; farewell my poor wife and child, whom I leave on the good hand of Him who is better than seven husbands, and will be ‘a father to the fatherless’. Farewell all creature comforts, and welcome everlasting life, everlasting glory, everlasting love, and everlasting praise. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me”
1. To shape our virtue (James 1:2-4)
2. To eliminate rebellion (Hebrews 5:8-10)
3. To deal with our pride (Daniel 4:28-34)
4. To “force feed” our faith (Mark 9:22-24)
5. To lift our eyes above circumstances (Mark 4:38-40)
6. To make us like Christ (Romans 8:28-29)
7. To purify us from evil (I Peter 4:1-2)
8. To break destructive habits (Romans 6:5-7)
9. To induce repentance (James 4:4-10)
10. To repay evil (Esther 7:5-8:2)
11. To stabilize emotions (Hebrews 12:3-7)
12. To correct wrong priorities (I Samuel 3:12-14)
13. To correct wrong direction (Jonah 1:1-13)
14. To correct wrong thinking (Numbers 12:1-15)
15. To develop intimacy with and dependence upon Him (Matthew 23:37-39)
16. To make a moral object lesson for others (Acts 5:1-11)
17. To create an environment for miracle (Numbers 21:4-9)
18. To demonstrate divine power (John 9:1-8)
19. To teach an unforgettable lesson (Luke 15:17-20)
20. To instill wisdom (Matthew 26:69-75; Proverbs 19:25, 29:15)
21. To purge superficial motivation (Jonah 4:1-11)
22. To vitalize sluggish spirituality (I Corinthians 5:1-5)
23. To develop toughness (II Timothy 2:3-7)
24. To prepare for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-13)
25. To increase personal and ministry fruitfulness (John 15:1-8)
26. To protect from worse times (Hebrews 12:7-17; Proverbs 13:18)
27. To give us a lasting gift (Luke 6:20-26)
28. To create rewards and honor (Hebrews 11:32-40;II Timothy 2:12; Romans 8:17-18)
29. To generate thanksgiving and praise (Exodus 14:10-11 w/15:1-22; I Peter 4:13)
30. To enhance the Glory of God (John 11:1-6)