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Written by: Leon Teamer
Two Sufferings: Suffering for God’s Righteousness and Suffering for Our Own Faults
There are two kinds of suffering: suffering for God’s will (by the cross), which produces His righteousness, or suffering for our own faults (self-will), which produces greater despair. Righteousness is God’s harmonious order in which He aligns His aim, purpose, and goal for all creation; that all things in heaven and all things on earth may work together as one, being interlinked together so that one affects the other.
When we are suffering for God’s righteousness sake, we are suffering for the trying of His Word, which is the truth; in Mark it is written that this type of persecution arises for the Word’s sake. For it is written, “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them were so used”. Therefore, the suffering of persecution and affliction that arises for the Word‘s sake, occurs in order to test the validity of the revelation of God’s Word that His Spirit delivered unto us; establishing the revelation as truth and not theory. In similar fashion, a teacher only gives a test on the materials that have been discussed in the classroom. Now when we are suffering for our own faults, we are suffering in order that God will put things back into their proper place. There can be no suffering for righteousness’ sake until there is a separation from the crooked path of our choices unto the enlighten path of God’s harmonious order. Suffering for God’s righteousness will always produce a greater, more defined understanding of His eternal plan for heaven and earth. Suffering for our own faults never brings us clarity; we are always left in dismay and always hoping and desiring for deliverance that never comes. When God brought the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, He brought them into the wilderness that He may teach them a more in-depth understanding of His ways. They were supposed to remain in the wilderness for no more than three and a half years and then enter into the Promised Land. Unfortunately, God was grieved with that generation and said, “They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My ways. So I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter into My rest”. This is why they remained in the wilderness for forty years, going around and around the same mountains and plains. Many died never receiving the promise. In like manner, many people today have been suffering for many years hoping that God will deliver them, not understanding the difference in suffering for God’s righteousness and suffering for our own faults, like the children of Israel did.
God’s righteousness comes before salvation. God’s righteousness comes before answered prayers. For instance, when we take our cars to the repair shop; doesn’t the repair man put the car on a diagnostic machine before he begins to fix it? At the doctor’s office, doesn’t the physician go through steps of examination to find out what is out of order before he prescribes a prescription? The physician’s examination is righteousness; the prescribed drug is salvation or answered prayers. Let us not seek God’s face for a resolution to our problems before we ask the Great Physician to examine us to see where we are out of alignment concerning His righteousness.
It is written, “For with the heart man believe unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. It is written, “BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and He shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts”. Again, it is written, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it”.
Behold God’s protocol, first righteousness then salvation; righteousness then God will answer us and reveal His glory. Whose ministry came first, John the Baptist or Jesus’s ministry? Was it not John’s ministry? God’s righteousness always precedes resolution; God’s righteousness even comes before His love (Jesus). Love and salvation will not have an everlasting impact if things are out of alignment or out of harmony. We must prepare the way for the Lord to come into our circumstances; as John the Baptist did for Jesus. We must make the “crooked way straight and the rough places smooth”, in other words, we must be open face and brutally honest with ourselves and with God. We must take the mask off and be real with ourselves and with God. The most difficult thing for any man/woman to do is to face their selves; to let God reveal unto them the negative part of their selves. As long as we seek to cover our nakedness with fig leaves and hide behind our self-righteousness then we cannot be helped by God or anyone else. We must allow the Great Surgeon to probe us; to search out the hidden motives of our heart, as Jesus did the rich young ruler. The rich young ruler stated that he kept all the commandments that Jesus stated to him. So, the young ruler asked Jesus what he was lacking in order that he may receive eternal life. Then, the Great Surgeon’s eyes probed a little bit deeper into that young man’s heart and discovered his hidden motives; and when the young man’s motives were revealed to him, he bowed his head in sadness and went away.
When the Roman soldier pierced Jesus in His side, what came out, blood only? Did not water and blood flow out of his side? His blood is for salvation; His water is for God’s righteousness. Then why does mankind preach the blood of salvation and omit the water of righteousness? There will be no restoration for mankind and creation until God’s righteousness is restored. Have we not read that “the heaven must receive Christ until the times of restitution of all things”. How blind we have been and slow of understanding!
 Proven reality
 Mark 4:17
 Received revelation by the Holy Spirit; which
lines up with the Word and will benefit all of God's creation
 Hebrew 10:32-33
 Hebrew 10:36
 Hebrews 3:10–11
 Repeated circumstances
 Unanswered prayers
 To find out what is out of order in our bodies
 Romans 10:10
 Answered prayers
 Malachi 3:1
 To straighten crooked motives and
transform bad attitudes
 Answered prayers
 Isaiah 40:3–5
 As Adam and Eve did
 The rich young ruler loved money and his position and his reputation more than the Kingdom of God
 Luke 18:20–26
 Setting things back into order
 Acts 3: 21
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