Hey Shelley I wanted to remind you of a study I had on the Jesus First thread I think it bears repeating to uplift you through this time.
“I KNOW your afflictions and your poverty yet you are RICH! I KNOW the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. DO NOT BE AFRAID of what you are about to SUFFER. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Jesus still speaking to the church of Smyrna and as we saw in verse 8 this churches suffering was not by chance and Jesus told them that he was in close proximity to their pain he was in providential control of their pain and he carries a purpose in their pain. In verse 9 we see that their suffering was not WITHOUT AWARENESS. “I KNOW” in there pain Jesus says to them “I KNOW” remember these people were martyred to death they were horribly beaten they were being killed for being Christians. Jesus comes along and he says “I KNOW” not once but twice he is not just watching from a distance he is intimately involved in their pain. He has his eyes turned to what is going on with them he has got his mind on it and he is paying serious attention to it. Once again you talk about a healing balm to a broken heart it has to be this to know that Jesus Christ is INTIMATELY AWARE OF OUR PAIN. He has not left you hanging high and dry Christian he is right there with you and he will give you the ability to make it through.
We are here for you Shelly always remember "Jesus Knows" about your pain he sees it and he is aware of all that you are going through. Hang on dear sister because I believe God is going to do something miraculous through this. Much love to you
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