a) “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35
b) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left [everything] for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much [today and for eternity]. Mark 3:29-30
c) …”Are you still holding on to your integrity?” … “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:9-10
a) Membership in God’s spiritual family is more important than in our human families.
b) The life of discipleship s a combination of promise and persecution, blessing and suffering. God takes nothing from a Christian without making multiplied restoration in new forms. Christian fellowship develops most deeply in persecution.
c) Trouble and trials and discipline culminates in spiritual gain.
a) God is more important than any human.
b) A glorious restoration will happen when I let go of what He takes.
c) He’s raising me in my spirit, completing me.
PRAISE YOU LORD! In Jesus’ name. Amen.