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Separated at birth and the lion roared.

Posted by appolus on December 6, 2014

I know so many genuine saints whose children have had such a terrible time at school. It is heartbreaking to hear of the bullying and the darkness and the separation they experience, and the lion roared. I think of my own childhood and how in many ways it seemed like a lost childhood of great darkness. A brutal war right from the beginning and one in which you barely survive, and the lion roared. I think of my teenage years which seemed even worse and an even greater battle on every front and the lion roared. Yet in all of that darkness there was one light, one light that beckoned like the north star. No matter how the lion roared the light never changed, it was unmovable. Listen to what a brother called Michael recently wrote to me in regard to something I had written about suffering………………..

Frank , regarding coming to that place when you rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer for His kingdom’s sake and having clarity of vision…

Have you ever thought about “the fellowship of His (Christ’s) sufferings” that Paul prayed to experience… that these sufferings might be listed in Isaiah 53? Sufferings such as: growing up a tender young plant like a root out of dry ground, having nothing handsome or beautiful about you that people would desire you, being rejected by all your peers, being rejected by your own family, living a life of sorrow and the grief of being rejected by all men and then being accused of offenses and crimes you did not commit? And the list goes down hill from there!

Jesus said to His disciples, “It the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:18-20 RSVA)

Brothers and sisters, we have been chosen IN Christ from the foundation of the world and because of it, the world (the kosmos – the system and its adherents under the Prince of this World) hates us. James wrote, “…know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”(James 4:4 KJ2000).

It has helped me tremendously to finally see why I have experienced many of these thing Jesus had to go through on this earth. It is because it was HE who separated me from my mother’s womb unto Himself and the Prince of this world has hated me ever since and so have his people. We are of God’s kingdom and as the saying goes, “It goes with the territory.” But oh, what a territory it is!

18 Responses to “Separated at birth and the lion roared.”

  1. Excellent words of encouragement to those who question their problems in life. I’m certain many will find words of encouragement; those who are undergoing very difficult struggles in life as well as those who just don’t seem to understand why things don’t always go as planned. Marc S.

  2. And Jehovah spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of Jehovah thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt Jehovah. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to weary men, that ye will weary my God also Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings thou abhorrest shall be forsaken. Jehovah will bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—even the king of Assyria.

    American Standard Version. (1995). (Is 7:10–17).

    I have to say that I struggle to comprehend the claim that the suffering we have experienced in life has anything much to do with the kingdom of heaven. I have heard this kind of argument many times and I believe that it may represent a way of seeking to understand suffering rather than truly understanding the kingdom of heaven itself. For the kingdom of heaven is not a matter of words, but of power. Those who are in the kingdom have power by which they are able, by righteous means, to resist all men, including the Devil and his angels. Yet if we choose to suffer for the sake of righteousness, then we have indeed comprehended the kingdom of heaven. No child makes that choice unless a chid does indeed make that choice. Did you make that choice Frank in your own childhood suffering, upon which suffering this article is justified?

    If suffering, either in ones childhood, youth or adult life, were of itself, a measure of the kingdom, then of all people the Moslem world would qualify for entry therein. Suffering for the sake of righteousness on the other hand is the invisible evidence that the kingdom is at hand.

    Did Jesus really suffer as a child or as a youth? Not according to the prophecy of Isaiah.

    The suffering that Jesus suffered was rejection and the cross unto death as a full grown man. No suffering in childhood can be attributed to the kingdom of heaven unless that child declared the kingdom of heaven in the name of Christ by faith. If suffering and rejection, be they children to children or all men, is a measure of the kingdom then we are saying that all who suffer rejection in life are saved.

    Butter and honey shall he eat, when he knoweth to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

    It is one thing to tell full grown men by Christ that by choosing Him they must also choose to suffer as well, and to claim that the suffering of children at the hands of abusive parents or even other children is a measure of our being chosen.

    • appolus said

      Thank you for your comments Andrew and I appreciate your honesty in saying that you struggle to comprehend that suffering for Christians is part of the Kingdom walk. It is the reality of course and we are called to suffer.

      2Ti 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

      Indeed, and of course that would include children and teenagers as well as all who would live Godly in Christ Jesus.

      And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Act 5:40-41) Praise God, even after having suffered a beating for Jesus they rejoiced.

      Act 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

      Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

      Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

      2Co 1:5-8 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

      2Co 11:23-27 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

      1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

      1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

      Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

      Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

      Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

      2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

      Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

      Just some from a wealth of Scriptures that show us that those who follow after God, no matter what age, shall suffer for His sake. I hope this helps your comprehension of what it means to suffer as a Christian. The thing about suffering as a Christian as opposed to suffering as the world suffers, is that it makes us stronger as stated in 2Cor 12:10. He is strong in us in our weaknesses………….bro Frank

      • I will spare you a meaningful response Frank as I find your answer or responses to my posts are wilfully contrary to what I have said.

        The thing I said Frank was that I find the claim difficult to accept and not the fact of suffering. I have suffered at the hands of many men from my childhood and have the care of my son Daniel, who is brain damaged by the hands of men, to remind me what suffering means. You will have to read what I have said more thoughtfully Frank if you are going to respond to it.

        You said these words.

        ………………..I know so many genuine saints whose children have had such a terrible time at school. It is heartbreaking to hear of the bullying and the darkness and the separation they experience, and the lion roared. I think of my own childhood and how in many ways it seemed like a lost childhood of great darkness. A brutal war right from the beginning and one in which you barely survive, and the lion roared. I think of my teenage years which seemed even worse and an even greater battle on every front and the lion roared. Yet in all of that darkness there was one light, one light that beckoned like the north star. No matter how the lion roared the light never changed, it was unmovable. Listen to what a brother called Michael recently wrote to me in regard to something I had written about suffering………………..

        ……………….Have you ever thought about “the fellowship of His (Christ’s) sufferings” that Paul prayed to experience… that these sufferings might be listed in Isaiah 53? Sufferings such as: growing up a tender young plant like a root out of dry ground, having nothing handsome or beautiful about you that people would desire you, being rejected by all your peers, being rejected by your own family, living a life of sorrow and the grief of being rejected by all men and then being accused of offenses and crimes you did not commit? And the list goes down hill from there………………

        Jesus said to His disciples, “It the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:18-20 RSVA)

        ……………………..It has helped me tremendously to finally see why I have experienced many of these thing Jesus had to go through on this earth. It is because it was HE who separated me from my mother’s womb unto Himself and the Prince of this world has hated me ever since and so have his people. We are of God’s kingdom and as the saying goes, “It goes with the territory.” But oh, what a territory it is!…………………..

        If you cannot see what you are saying then so be it Frank. For the record I have suffered more at the hands of those who take the name of Christ than I have at the hands of those who openly reject Christ. Why is this Frank? I believe it is because those who take the name of Christ are in fellowship with us and so they have access to our lives and to our hearts. They can hurt us and abuse the trust which is in Christ’s name. Unbelievers, when they do hate us, do so because it is in their nature not to love Christ, so how can they love those who take His name. “If they have hated Me so shall they hate you also”.

        All other suffering is a reality of life itself and the evil of men’s hearts in their own choosing to sin. When Satan comes looking for men to devour he is looking for men who are in sin and who ought to know better if they have received Christ as Lord. Suffering for the sake of righteousness does not mean being hated by unbelievers per se. It means to be hated by those who have authority over us, even as Christ was so hated, and put to death by those who had authority over Him. It means to be subject to authority, without which attitude we could take up the sword and lay wast to all men.

        I am astonished that you find ways to twist what I have said to my seeming humility. You know it well brother. I am not humbled however by your post, nor was I bearing witness of it. I was clearly and self evidently resisting its core meaning, as can be found in the words themselves. Prophetic speech Frank cannot be found to have error in it, else it cannot be prophetic at all.

        If you can say that you have not made the connections I have stated in my first post then say that. Please do not tell me that I have been humble in my “honesty” as a mechanism for rejecting what I have said. You know it well Frank.

        • appolus said

          Andrew writes………………..

          “You know it well brother. I am not humbled however by your post, nor was I bearing witness of it. I was clearly and self evidently resisting its core meaning, as can be found in the words themselves..”

          Well Andrew, I shall take you at your word and we shall agree to disagree, although, as always, I am not sure what we are disagreeing about. I sense that you have little time for me, which of course is fine, just not sure why you would come back on this site and comment, which of course you can, just not sure why? Please do not tell me though, as I am sure it may be rather unpleasant towards me and it would really serve no purpose. These posts are not about you and me. Apart from the first paragraph, this post was not even written by me. God bless you Andrew, if we cannot agree on subjects perhaps we should just leave it at that as this site is about feeding the saints………………….bro Frank

          • Perhaps you feel there is something of value in psychologising suffering, especially when the explanation for our children’s suffering hinges on a claim that when the children of believers suffer, it must be because their parents are chosen from before the foundation of the world, and that Satan, in knowing this mystery, selects our children for hatred by the hands of other children. It would have to be persecution in that context Frank, and make no mistake about it. I realise that this is what you have in mind, because this is clear from the words themselves.

            My concern however is that this is too general an explanation for what happens to the children of believers, and may, in fact, be completely false. This is where the risk of psychologising suffering takes its meaning, according to my understanding.

            When my son Daniel was brain damaged by a research paediatric neurologist three days after he was born, the material facts speak of a man and his ambitions to make medical knowledge into scientific fact. At that level one could speak of a reasonable ambition. Yet if we add to this his methodology of aborting fully formed unborn babies in the morning and putting them on ice so that he could take preserved tissue samples in the evening after he had done his rounds on the neonatal ward where he practised medicine, then we may see another reality. If I say this is the truth then we would begin to comprehend that this man was somewhat more than a medical doctor. If he then went back to his morning’s work of aborting unborn babies in the evening and found that the foetus was still alive, he may suddenly comprehend that ice preserves life. So he formulates a scientific explanation and his discovery leads to ice being used in major operations to reduce the trauma on the physical body during radical surgery. He becomes famous for this discovery and yet in the course of his activities, as a practising paediatric consultant seeking to preserve life, he injures my son and damages his brain, rendering him severely mentally and physically disabled. In short my son was experimented on by a medical doctor who extended the demand of scientific paradigm even to fully born living babies in disregard of medical knowledge at that time.

            What can one say in this circumstance? At the time of my son’s birth I knew that Satan was my enemy, and I knew that he is always seeking to devour believers, inwardly or outwardly. Yet my son was damaged by the ambitions of a man. Was this man the instrument of Satan? Or was he his own determining agent? At the time I discerned that my son was attacked by Satan by the hand of a man. So by outward means Satan damages the hearts of believers, and tests their faith. Can this be said when our children are bullied? Or when they experience abuse at the hands of men? The answer is only when it is true. It cannot be a generalised explanation for why suffering happens. If it is, then we have missed the real meaning and cause of suffering.

            The passage I posted from Isaiah in my original post speaks of the promised Messiah. It speaks of the basis on which He (Christ) is kept from suffering at the hands of men at the precise point in time when He is able to choose between good and evil. To be given butter and honey in Isaiah 7:10–17 speaks to the same meaning as the promise to Israel of a land flowing with milk and honey. Yet Israel suffered in the land and were eventually taken from it by the hand of the Assyrians and the Babylonians. It speaks of the choices Christ made in his youth and it speaks of Christ’s obedience. It especially speaks of His willingness to be subject to all authority, especially His Father in heaven.

            Unless you can say by revelation of the Spirit that your children suffer because they are the victims of Satan at the hands of men, then we may have to look for a more truthful and realistic explanation. Satan is just one man. When he carried the Lord Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple he was not yet in the wilderness also. He is one man. It is the capacity of children and the willingness of children and their parents to sin which makes for the real likelihood of Satan attacking both our children and ourselves. When unbelieving parents hear of their children suffering at the hands of other children or men, what cause will they seek as an explanation? As believers we tend to see persecution in everything, if we are not careful. More times than not, I believe, we have to look closer to home and examine our own hearts to find the explanation for what happens against us in this life. In the end we will find that the overwhelming explanation for our suffering is our own evil intentions and our sins. The majority of children suffering in this world do not belong to those who take the name of Christ. What is the basis of their, and their parents suffering through their suffering? Unless you can say that you are living a truly righteous life, and by works are comprehended as an instrument for the kingdom of heaven, by Satan himself, then you have no basis for claiming that you are suffering for the sake of the kingdom, whether this is through your children or in your own body. Satan has no interest in men who take the name of Christ yet who live for their own ambitions. Even if you have laid everything aside, in a righteous desire to serve God at all cost, and in that, have included your children, then be careful that you have not handed them over to Satan, rather than keeping hold of them in the authority and power of the kingdom. Because if God truly calls men to such a calling then He also equips them to withstand its meaning and consequences. Otherwise we may mistake that which is common to all men for perfection and justify our own wickedness.

            There is in all of this no need for an explanation at all. I do not flinch at what happened to my son and my son does not flinch in his experience of life. Yet I cannot for all that escape its meaning as I wash his body on a daily basis. Psychology is worthless, and that is what words are when they are not grounded in truth, yet are intended to give comfort. You say this site is for the encouragement of the saints. It would be surprising if it were otherwise would it not? So what does that mean then Frank? Contending does not mean discouragement except to the natural mind. To the spiritual mind it means the standard of truth, which though it may be difficult to bear in its effect, is nevertheless rejoiced in. There was nothing trivial or discouraging in what I said Frank. It was the plain truth.

            I am sorry that my contribution is so difficult for you Frank.

  3. Deborah said

    I have experienced all those things and I was very touched by your post. My grandchildren had to change schools due to bullying, and I thought of that principle you talked about. If we believe that we in Christ have been chosen since before the foundation of the world, then it makes sense that the devil would hate us from the word go and try to destroy us. I ‘get it’.

    • appolus said

      Truly a heartbreaking and horrifying thing to watch our children or grandchildren suffer for the cause of Christ Deborah. It tears away at our heart. It causes us to fall into the arms of our Father in prayer and intercession. Yet in all this we do come to understand the nature of the lion that roars who would, if he could, devour us and our children. Yet praise God we know another lion, the Lion of Judah who will prevail. The gates of hell may come against us, but they shall not prevail………………….bro Frank

  4. appolus said

    Andrew, I just find your responses almost always accusatory. It seems, and I could be wrong, you can never simply agree with someone, or perhaps it’s just me, and say amen, or disagree and say amen.

    What happened to your son brother is a terrible thing and I think if you read the post with an open heart you would see that it is talking about Christians, children or otherwise, being persecuted for their very faith. My oldest son died, my next oldest son was burned 60% and my last son was born with Down syndrome. Do I believe that satan afflicted by youngest with Downs? No, I do not. I am with you on that. Look again at the post and see something very simple to which many saints will be able to identify with, that is the point of the post brother. We are called to comfort others with the same comfort we ourselves have been comforted with. We certainly cannot always explain why things happen, sometimes there is no explanation this side of eternity, but we can comfort especially if we have been through something similiar. I am sure we can agree on that, if not brother, lets just disagree and not try to convince each other of anything. God bless you Andrew and God bless your son…………………bro Frank

    • Frank there is no accusation from this man, save for a general persistence which I bear in mind always, to challenge all prophetic claims and ambitions of men. So I post with the overarching reality of having read your posts and see in them a prophetic tone. I have said this before and as I recall Frank you replied that you have never claimed to be a prophet. So I agreed with your comment that you have never claimed to be a prophet. Nevertheless your words and the direction of them is prophetic in meaning. So what am I to do Frank?

      On a postive note Frank I would ordinarily support you, and saying Amen to that which is true is an easy thing to do. However I am not called to say Amen to that which is true, as though such an agreement could overlook that which is false.. I am called to speak to that which is false first of all and must do so even at the cost of being misunderstood and if necessary hated.

      I can of course see that the post itself, in the end, speaks to the suffering of believers generally. The responses indicate that this is a meaning which is taken from others reading of it. What comfort there is however in believing that our children, or for that matter, believers in general, ought to take from their suffering, must surly be a matter of great importance. Otherwise we are really simply feeding the natural mind. There is no comfort from suffering, there is however a perfecting of the saints through suffering if that suffering does not make us stumble. It may drive us to the Father in heaven, and in that fellowship we will be comforted. But that is a childish thing to understand. Surly it is a better thing to comprehend that suffering which comes by way of real persecution for our faith, perfects us, and not the childish understanding that suffering which comes from disobedience, drives us to the Father in heaven. The Father permits Satan to go about like a roaring lion and provides a way to overcome him as well.

      In context of your overarching belief concerning the condition of many churches and the reality of a remnant of believers I write as I write Frank. I don’t have to post, but sometimes I feel that I ought to post. If we can say that you are writing for a remnant and have little or no interest in the overwhelming majority of men then we can agree that I do not need to say anything. After all a remnant will be kept by God Himself, as this is its true meaning. Men do not keep themselves. They are either kept or they fall away. They are proven to have a true living faith or else they are proven to have been deluded.

      It seems to me Frank that if we are to claim that when our children, or for that matter anyone, suffers at the hands of others, we can take comfort from that, or that being persecuted for our faith is evidenced through ordinary means (as is all suffering of all men), we have a need to make a separation of meanings. Otherwise the overwhelming majority of those who take the name of Christ in America, and who live for their own ambitions and not for Christ, will take comfort from the very evidence of their sinful lives, even their suffering. If we say that they may well be true believers in Christ’s death and resurrection then how are we to say that the Father does not intend to save them also. As I say Frank for me what I am writing really speaks to the overarching meaning of what a remnant actually means. To some men it means a few who are saved and live life accordingly, evidenced by their good works and their suffering, where the suffering of their children is the evidence of persecution. To others it means a few who are kept by the Father and serve the body of Christ according to their calling and measure of faith for the sake of the many who are not numbered in the remnant yet are still called and chosen.

      I am not against you Frank, nor do I accuse you of anything. As I say, I am simply trying to understand the weight of your ambition and what that really means. I don’t have to post so perhaps I ought to stop posting unless I find that I can simply agree with what you share; or else find a way to express my disagreement, if indeed I do disagree, without fingering you personally.

      • appolus said

        Andrew, I think you have adequately explained yourself. I have no ambitions. I used to have many ambitions. I think one can disagree without “fingering” anyone. The Remnant to me are all genuine saints, God knows……………………bro Frank

        • Frank you are a Scotsman, and like myself your use of English idioms and their meanings cannot be lost on you, if we are in fact speaking British English. The term ambition does not carry a negative connotation in context of what I have said, yet it seems to please you to infer that it is. I have an ambition Frank, and it is in keeping with the calling of Christ in my life. This ought to be the same for yourself as well. If my comments are in anyway sincere then the words themselves will carry the meaning. To that end I ask why you elect to see a poor spirit and not a sincere intention?

          Why is it that you are incapable of actually seeing what is said?

          This whole site Frank has specific direction, and in that it either reflects a true calling, and an obedience, or else it does not. There is no middle ground. This does not mean that the saints cannot present their understanding mind in Christ if they want to do. It does mean however, that the direction has to be discerned by the man himself. If not then we are become sorcerers and speculators with the truth.

          To which meaning the term fingering points to something or someone. It speaks of effect and not intention. It speaks of inevitability and purpose and not ambition. As I have not pointed to yourself directly so as to accuse you, and have addresses only the things you write, it must be clear that I am pointing to words and their meanings. If this then speaks to a man it is because the words he writes carry meaning. This too is clear as well. The term fingering does not mean “to accuse” as must be clear. Nor is the term a negative one either. Yet you derive your own meaning from my words which include the idea that it is wrong to write in such a way that the man to whom we write is somehow unaffected. Yet we write in the Lord’s name. If we speak to one another, and intend that nothing comes from our words, then we are really saying that we have no idea what we are about. Some deal with this by claiming that they are writing in an abstract of trusting Christ to impute the meaning of their words, as though they did not already understand what they intended. Those who write are no different from those who speak, and both are workman and prophetic. If a workman, then let it be a wise one and not a fool. How can a workman build and have no conception of what he is building? Such is not a workman, rather he is busy about that which he does not yet understand.

          It is clear Frank that all you desire in response is agreement. There is a consequence to agreement Frank. It is also naive and simplistic to claim that where we cannot agree we can agree to disagree. These are mere words and utterly false. If my friend insists that we can remain friends even when we completely disagree, I assume my friend will one day be sobered by the reality that all disagreement leads to loss. There is no such thing as agreeing to disagree. It is a fiction of men and unworthy of both prophetic writing and prophetic speech. Yet I may not for all that disagree with my friend.

          Finally Frank you say that “the Remnant to me are all genuine saints”.

          There is only one kind of saint Frank and that is the man or woman who is born again of the Spirit of God. No other kind exists. So what does “genuine” mean? Moreover “the Remnant” speaks of a few, as by definition it must speak of a few. Yet all who are born again are true saints. You see Frank unless you actually say what you mean to say how will anyone know what you intend to mean? One line answers can be more misleading than a whole book!

  5. Gail Smith said

    I get these….I am blessed by Bro Frank’s posts….he speaks to my heart

  6. elisabeth said

    Loved your post Brother Frank, Lol, i have suffered much pain from the enemy, and i know a lot of it was brought on by my own sin. have also suffered much through no fault of my own that was persecution from enemy. and then there is the suffering i wont know the reasons for until this life is over. i love the scripture…For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. luke 8:17

    • appolus said

      Thank you Elisabeth 🙂 I agree with your comments about the whole gambit of sin. God says He is not mocked, what a man sows he reaps for sure. Then of course there is just sin in general and then there is the saints who are certainly persecuted by an enemy who is like a roaring lion seeking to devour. Of course we know that greater is He that is within us than He that it in the world and in that there is great comfort. Yet God is looking for those who are willing to forsake all for His cause and in doing that we can certainly attract unwanted attention. Indeed, all who live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer and they will suffer for His cause……………..bro Frank

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