IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: GOD WILL TROUBLE THE TROUBLERS OF HIS PEOPLE.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“For it is a righteous thing with God to recompense with tribulation those who trouble you;
2nd Thessalonians 1:6
Year after year, the heathen prospered in war, and had success in other ways; but as for God’s own people, waters of a full cup were wrung out to them. As soon as ever the Lord had a people, they began to suffer. We learn this very early in their history, for, after Isaac, the child of promise, was born, it was not very long before Ishmael, “he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit.” And, as that persecution began early, it has continued late, for the apostle adds, “Even so it is now.” There is still an enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman, and the seed of the woman is made to feel the serpent’s malice; so that, what with a chastising God and a biting serpent, the children of God are pretty sure to be often in trouble; and when, by grace, you see them in their glittering ranks above, and ask, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they?” this will be the summary of the answer concerning them all, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” “The sacramental host of God’s elect,” in its march through the world, may be tracked by its own blood. Read both ancient and modem history, and what will you find except an account of the suffering and the triumphs of the people of God? Even to this day, we have to cut a lane through the enemy, and to fight our way to heaven in a stem hand-to-hand conflict. God has not yet prepared “flowery beds of ease” for any of us, nor shall we be “carried to the skies” in ambulances of luxury. We shall have to fight if we are to reign, and we shall have to suffer if we are ultimately to reach the land of perfect blessedness. This is “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” even this day, this present life. Thank God it is but a day, and will come to an end; but this is not the time of Jacob’s joy. He does have some delights even here, but his great joy is reserved for the hereafter. This is rather the time in which the sinner rejoices, and fattens himself, as for the slaughter; but God’s people must expect to find that this is “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”
But, dear friends, the other truth in our text is equally attested by history: “he shall be saved out of it.” How gloriously God’s people have been saved all along their line of march! Their camp fires still show their track, and those camp fires have been the burnings of the furnace that God has set up for the trying and purifying of his chosen people. But nowhere have they been destroyed, though everywhere they have been in affliction. They had a very narrow escape from destruction in Haman’s day; the enemy thought that he would then utterly cut off the people of God from the face of the earth. Haman thought that he had managed everything so well that his wicked scheme must succeed; the king’s mandates had already gone out, and on a certain day all the Jews would be put to death. But you know how Esther, at the peril of her life, went into the king’s presence to plead for her nation; and, soon, the new edicts were sent out, and the chosen people put their enemies to death, but they themselves were not destroyed. Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had fixed for Mordecai, for the hated Jew belonged to the seed which cannot be crushed, to the immortal race which can never die out. God’s people may be often trodden down, like the grass of the field; but, as the grass springs up again, and even survives the men who tread upon it, so will it be with God’s people even to the end. This is “the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Christ’s Church shall live and flourish when her persecutors lie in ignominious graves. Herod thought that he could crush the chosen seed, but he was eaten by worms, while the Church of God still lived on; the tyrant was soon swept away, and so shall all be who lift their puny hands against the people of the Most High.
Are you troubled by some people or forces unjustly? I have good news for you; you can lay your petition against them before the Judge of all judges and you can be rest assured that your case will be duly attended to. This post tells you one thing you can do to have peace from your adversaries.
There is one thing that is sure about life; there is one thing that is as certain as death.
There is one thing that no man can avoid in life irrespective of whether you are a believer or not.
There will be a time of trouble when life will throw at us what we never bargained for
Challenges that will almost cause us to say ‘where is God?’
Trouble times have no one gender, race or religion
Trouble time does not respect our high level of anointing or spirituality
Trouble/challenges visit every human being on this planet earth at some point and the response of individual to it determines the ultimate outcome and their overall success in life.
As Christians we ought to find out what the bible says about trouble and more importantly, what our response is suppose to be.
You don’t have to do anything wrong for the enemy to trouble you. If you allow him he will continue and increase his oppression. However, as a child of God you have a higher power, God Almighty, to report him to and secure your freedom and peace.
When the enemy came through Sennacherib king of Assyria to trouble King Hezekiah and his people, King Hezekiah reported him to God and the Lord sent an angel to the enemy’s camp to trouble the Assyrians. And afterwards, Sennacherib King of Assyria departed and ceased to trouble King Hezekiah and his people (2 Kings 18:13-37, 2 Kings 19: 1-37)
Exodus 14 vs. 24 – And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountain be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most high. God is in the midst of her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolation he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth. He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder, he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
God troubled the oppressor of the Israelites
God will trouble your troublers today in Jesus name.
And if you say you have been asking, Jesus says, in the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), that you ought to pray and not to lose heart. God will certainly avenge His own elect speedily who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them. But you must exercise faith.
So, go ahead in faith and cry out, “Father, trouble them that trouble me in Jesus name”
God of Israel, trouble my troublers in Jesus name.
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