Drinking from the Cup the Father has Given Us


by Mike Ratliff

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:12-17 (NASB) 

Here it is November 5, 2020 two days after the Presidential Election and we still do not know who won. This being 2020 we have all been through “much.” I don’t have to go into detail about that do I? I heard a friend online today say that the pandemic was done on purpose to wreak our economy, and cause corruption in our election process so that Joe Biden could win through ballot manipulation, etc. I wouldn’t put that past anyone who is of the flesh. I have also been doing research on the “agenda” of the Democrats if they get control of our government. It is scary. If they do then it may end up eventually being illegal to be an Evangelical Christian. Oh, it may be perfectly fine to be a Woke Christian, or a follower of the Pope, but if we are amongst those who stand firm in our faith refusing to compromise no matter what then we will be outside the law, not inside. However, if you read the passage I placed at the top of this post then you know that our God uses pressures like this to “exclude” us from those who are not in Christ. He does separate us and we are called to “suffer as a Christian” while at the same time not being ashamed to do so, but understand that it is to glorify God in the name of Christ.  Continue reading