what if the worst happens?

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what if the worst happens?

section 1

It can be a taxing mental exercise isaiah 1:18 isaiah 43:26 to tackle the uncertain, the unknown and all the unpleasant possibilities of God’s will in your life deuteronomy 29:29 ecclesiastes 7:13-14 proverbs 20:24 . At times we almost revel in our fears, and then when that becomes too much, we try to ignore our fears or deny we even have them. But we would do well to not boast in our fear or deny the truth of them james 3:14 . Rather, when we are afraid, let us trust the Lord psalm 56:3 .

Corrie Ten Boom

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

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supporting scriptures

isaiah 1:18

"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

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isaiah 43:26

Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.

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deuteronomy 29:29

"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

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ecclesiastes 7:13-14

Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

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proverbs 20:24

A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?

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james 3:14

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

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psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

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my notes:

section 2

Though nothing is truly harmful to us as believers psalm 91 romans 8:28 , much is unpleasant to our residual, fleshly desires romans 7:21-23 ; so, we fret and get frustrated at all the unknowns of possible unpleasantness acts 14:22 hebrews 12:11 i peter 1:6-9 . It is for this very reason that there is benefit at times to thinking through all our fears and desires with the light of Scripture to bring our minds back to obedient sincerity in Christ ii corinthians 10:5 ii peter 3:1-9 . This way we can develop a taste for God’s will, be it sweet or sour romans 12:2 psalm 34:8 .

Corrie Ten Boom

"Worry is the cycle of {insufficient} thoughts whirling around a center of fear."

my notes:

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supporting scriptures

psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—

10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.

15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."

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romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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romans 7:21-23

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

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acts 14:22

strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

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hebrews 12:11

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

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i peter 1:6-9

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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ii corinthians 10:5

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

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ii peter 3:1-9

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

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section 3

So, what if the worst happens in your life? Given current circumstances many of us probably are experiencing anxiety about the same type of worries, but others among us may have different problems. And even given slightly different circumstances one could easily anticipate the worst from a doctor’s call, a political change, financial upheaval, a responsibility to speak in front of a crowd, a police officer’s knock on the door or even a mob of zombies walking up your street. All of us worry about our life in some way or another.

But this is why the Lord told us not to worry about our life luke 12:22 , because that is what we do so much of. We value our own life, our temporary, pleasant experiences, our comforts and possessions, our own proud legend, etc. so much more than what is truly valuable luke 12:23 colossians 3:1-4 .

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supporting scriptures

luke 12:22

And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.

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luke 12:23

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

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colossians 3:1-4

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

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section 4

This is where we need to address our desires, our fear-filled desires. What is it you are wanting to avoid in life and what is it you are wanting to enjoy in life? These type of desires actually stir our fears because we do not want to experience that which we count as unpleasant and we fear we will not get to or continue to enjoy that which we find pleasant. If our desires actually matched the Lord’s matthew 16:23-27 luke 16:15 , if our goal was to please Him and to bless others then we proverbs 10:23 , like Paul, could delight in unpleasantness because it is for the purpose of which makes life worth living at all ii corinthians 12:9-10 philippians 3:7-15 ephesians 1:11-12 .

Corrie Ten Boom

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength, {peace and joy}."

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supporting scriptures

matthew 16:23-27

But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

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luke 16:15

And he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

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proverbs 10:23

Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.

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ii corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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philippians 3:7-15

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

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my notes:

ephesians 1:11-12

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

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section 5

If we could understand that temporary unpleasantness is producing such greater things philippians 1:29 romans 8:17-18 ii corinthians 4:17 than temporary enjoyment hebrews 10:24 , then we wouldn’t fret or become angry but rather rejoice in our Lord luke 6:22-23 . We would not shrink back from the worst because we could anticipate the worst LITERALLY producing the best hebrews 10:32-39 proverbs 31:25 psalm 126:5-6 philippians 1:21 .

Jim Elliot

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

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supporting scriptures

philippians 1:29

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

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romans 8:17-18

and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

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ii corinthians 4:17

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

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hebrews 10:24

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

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luke 6:22-23

"Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

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hebrews 10:32-39

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

"Yet a little while,

and the coming one will come and will not delay;

38 but my righteous one shall live by faith,

and if he shrinks back,

my soul has no pleasure in him."

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

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proverbs 31:25

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

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psalm 126:5-6

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

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philippians 1:21

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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my notes:

section 6

So then, we need to re-eVALUEate our life acts 20:24 . What is the true source of enjoyment of life i timothy 6:17 ecclesiastes 8:15 ecclesiastes 5:19 ? Where does the pleasantness of life and the eternal pleasantness of existence reside psalm 16:11 john 17:3 psalm 73:25-26 ? What is your glory philippians 3:19 jeremiah 9:23-24 colossians 1:27 ? Does worldly wealth really afford one enjoyment of life psalm 37:16 proverbs 17:1 proverbs 15:16-17 ? Does avoiding affliction through wickedness really add to one’s pleasant experience of life job 36:21 ii peter 2:9 isaiah 57:18-21 ?

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supporting scriptures

acts 20:24

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

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i timothy 6:17

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

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ecclesiastes 8:15

And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.

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ecclesiastes 5:19

Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.

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psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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john 17:3

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

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psalm 73:25-26

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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philippians 3:19

Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

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jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord."

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colossians 1:27

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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psalm 37:16

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

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proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

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proverbs 15:16-17

Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

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job 36:21

Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

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ii peter 2:9

then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment...

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isaiah 57:18-21

I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,

19 creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near," says the LORD, "and I will heal him.

20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.

21 There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

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section 7

How then are we to live in a constantly, potentially unpleasant world romans 12:1-2 ii peter 3:11-15 ? How do we find joy when all our temporary circumstances look to be going the unpleasant route lamentations 3:14-26 ? What if we really are in terribly, sorrowful circumstances; what then habakkuk 3:17-19 ? What if even our greatest loves are lost to us ezekiel 24:16-19 philippians 1:20-24 ? Are we just supposed to just belly up and lose everything romans 8:36-39 ? Aren’t we fools to not make every effort to save ourselves mark 8:34-37 ii timothy 1:7-10 matthew 5:39-48 romans 12:17-21 ?

proverbs 3:25-26

"Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared."

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romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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ii peter 3:11-15

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him...

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lamentations 3:14-26

I have become the laughingstock of all peoples, the object of their taunts all day long.

15 He has filled me with bitterness; he has sated me with wormwood.

16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes;

17 my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;

18 so I say, "My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord."

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!

20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

24 "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

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habakkuk 3:17-19

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

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ezekiel 24:16-19

"Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men." 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.

19 And the people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?"

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philippians 1:20-24

as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

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romans 8:36-39

As it is written,

"For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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mark 8:34-37

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul?

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ii timothy 1:7-10

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

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matthew 5:39-48

But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

43 "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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romans 12:17-21

17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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my notes:

section 8

We are supposed to be faithful to the Lord even unto death revelation 2:10 , because we know life is more than here and now, and the pleasure of life is not in life itself but in Life Himself john 14:6 . So, let us seek our Lord and find that although hardships, trials, loss and sorrows come, they are only producing that which is even better matthew 5:3-12 . Let us make every effort to suffer in the attitude, actions and character that God suffers in i peter 4:1-2 i peter 12-19 so that we may rejoice in God our Creator even as we suffer for Him philippians 1:29 philippians 3:8 and with Him philippians 3:10 psalm 68:19 colossians 1:24 acts 22:4-8 . For our God is the light, the enjoyment of life john 8:12 john 10:10 john 15:9-11 .

habakkuk 3:17-19

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my Strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights."

supporting scriptures

revelation 2:10

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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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.

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matthew 5:3-12

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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i peter 4:1-2

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

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my notes:

i peter 4:12-19

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

"If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

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philippians 1:29

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

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philippians 3:8

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

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philippians 3:10

that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

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psalm 68:19

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah

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colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church

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acts 22:4-8

I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5 as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.

6 "As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’

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john 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

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john 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

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john 15:9-11

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.