“A ROSE GARDEN”

Everyone one remembers the song, “I never promised you a Rose Garden”. That is the only part of the song I remember. But if you listen to the preachers and teachers of today, that is exactly what they say that God has promise us, “A Rose Garden”. That He wants us to have mansions & have our own Rose Garden. But that is not what I see in the word. I think the words to that song are more true than we might want to think. And because people are believing these preachers today, they are falling away.

Just like in Mark 4:17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.

I believe we need to be honest with people when they come to the Lord.

Ps 34:19 Many evils confronts the [consistently] righteous, BUT the Lord delivers him out of them all.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulations and trials and distress and frustration’ but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world.[ I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]

2 Tim 3:12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus WILL meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]

Paul & Silas had received many lashes & were put into prison. Instead of being trapped in self pity or turning from God because life wasn’t a “Bed of Roses” they praised God. (Acts 16:25)

Often we blame tribulations on the enemy, but God uses our light afflictions to help us grow & to fulfill His will in our lives.

God takes us through the fire, not to burn us, but to purify us. He takes us through the water, not to drown us but to wash us.

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statues.” Ps 119:71

People who are truly saved will grow up in the Lord during trials and temptations. Others will fall away. This is a true sign of genuine repentance and true salvation. The word of God & what Jesus did will change ones life. You will not be the same after salvation. Some fall away because of tribulations & trials, because they are not rooted & grounded in HIM.

A righteous person says:

“though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down” Ps 37:24

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I WILL ARISE” Mich 7:8

Just as Paul said: “we commend ourselves in every way as [true] servants of God; THROUGH great endurance, in tribulation and suffering, in hardships and privations, in sore straits and calamities, in beatings, imprisonment, riots, labors, sleepless watching, hunger…”

There are many other scriptures that talk about tribulation, trials(count it all Joy), and rough times for the believer.

Yes God blesses. Yes He will take care of us. BUT He has not promised a “Rose Garden” in this life.

Why do we feel we must have the best cars, the best clothes, and the best of THINGS, when there is a lost and dying world. A hungry world. A hurting world.

DON’T fall away because you have troubles and difficulties. HE WILL deliver you and be with you.

He does promise I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.

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