Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
Psalm 119 67. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
God is working on two goals or areas with us as human beings and believers.
1) That we should be saved and the eternal city, to be saved for eternity.
2) The second is to be conformed to the Son of God image to anyone who has a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ. This is progress and success when it happens.
But for this to happen we need as humans to first be humbled very often, be set aside a time or lose your footing. We are far too clever and proud of ourselves, very often the will of God and the Lord's work will be done in our lives. What does humility? That means the message (which is quiet and shy by nature, relatively small, simple, sober) and submissive (overly reverent).
It tells us that God will not only lead us up, but down to people, because that's the way he has shaped and formed. It is not only very many examples of this in writing, but it's really just examples of this in scripture that God allows and leads us into situations, trials, and in things where we fall short, be humble and inadequate in own power. But this is the way of the Lord and God. Not because we should remain there and be concerned with everything that went wrong, where we are not stretched or our shortcomings, but because we should be conformed to the Son of God and keeps us only to the Lord and his word as the Psalmist says: "Now I'm me your word "!
Today, we can stop some of the people we meet in the Bible, yes, almost all of them. All we will see that they were not brought only on the red carpet, even if they believed in God. But down in the valley and the thorns and thistles.
Want to mention Joseph, Joshua, Job, Daniel and the apostle John, who were humiliated and then "exalted" as the real exaltation is when we get home we get that has been faithful receive the Lord and His word.
1. Genesis 37 2 This is the story of Jacob.
When Joseph was seventeen years old, guess his flock with his brothers. Young as he was, he followed with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. All the evil he heard about them, he went to his father. 3 Israel was more fond of Joseph than all the other sons, because he had been given him in his old age. He made a robe with long sleeves for him. 4 But when his brothers saw that his father was more of him than of all the other sons, they hated him and could not say a kind word to him.
5 Once Joseph had a dream, as he told his brothers, and when they began to hate him even more. 6 He said to them: "Now you shall hear what I have dreamed! 7 I thought we were out on the field and tied the grain bands. With a raised my corn band up and remained standing, while the sheaves their stood around and bowed down to mine. "8 Then said the brothers to him," You will perhaps be our king and rule over us? "And they hated him yet more for his dreams and his stories. 9 Then he had another dream, which he told to his brothers. "Now I had another dream," he said. "The sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me." 10 When he told his father and brothers, his father scolded him and said, "What is it now that you have dreamed? To be fair I and thy mother and thy brethren come and bow down to earth for you? "11 brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept it in his memory.
In many ways, Joseph, an unknown 17 year old who did what he did in good faith. This was obviously a dream from God, and it made a powerful impression on Joseph himself. But he could and should have kept it for himself when the dream resulted in the fact that his brothers were jealous of him, it was not really worth telling them to them. His brothers betrayed him and sold him to some traders who in turn sold him in Egypt, where he first landed in prison, since he was raised and was the second to the Pharaoh. It was through the great humiliation Joseph experienced both to their brothers and when he came to Egypt, which laid the foundation for Joseph's character and personal development. We notice that Joseph never looked back in life and had the attention directed against all the humiliation and the humiliation he went through. But he always looked upward and forward, and God used him to become the world's savior and rescuer when famine spread throughout the Middle East, Hallelujah!
4. Genesis 14 36 When the men which Moses sent to spy out the land, turned back, they put all the people up against him by giving discouraging messages about the country. 37 The men who had been involved in this, died of plague after the Lord's will. 38 The only people who were alive of those who went off to scout out the land, was Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh.
Joshua and 11 other spedere to explore the land - the land of Canaan - that they would later adopt, the land that God had given them. But there was NOK very prøvsom for Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit than the other. It is very difficult to associate with people with a different spirit than the one itself, but this is where the Lord shapes and forms us after their own image. The world and the name of Christians will never understand and want to understand a man of God, they will create more trouble and problems that they often realize. They have a spiritual darkness over them, but it is when opposites meet each other that one can see the caliber of a self is constructed and laid off. When all the pats on the shoulder and just reap praise to you, then can anyone be happy to smile, but not at all bytes received and are being challenged on what faith and stand for. So also with Joshua, his path test and he and Caleb that they only had to enter the promised land of the generation that went out of Egypt. Joshua himself was even the leader after Moses, speaking about the reward to be true against the Lord and His word!
James 5 10 My brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, for example, they were patient when they had to suffer pain. 11 There are those who persevere, we praise the blessed. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen how the Lord took it to him in the end. For the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
We know the story of Job. But not all the details, he was really put to the test and the way to show what was in itself, both to themselves, their fellow man and God. He was rich but had no children that was as pious as him if they were saved. They were tried and resulted in verse imaging output, all died. But the trials did not end up here, when Satan was testing him once, when he himself was hit by the disease.
Job 2 4 And Satan answered, "Skin for skin! A man gives the happy everything he owns for his life. 5 But just reaching her hand out and touch his bone and flesh, you shall surely see that he mocks you to your face. "6 The LORD said to Satan:" He is in your power. Save only his life! "
7 So Satan went forth from the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from head to heel. 8 Job took a potsherd and scraped himself with which he set out on the waste heap.
This was a trial and test on top of the other tests and trials, they are often the most difficult and worst, those who come after all other trials and tests. Then when to get in and digested what you have been through so there is not a rally but a letdown. Job composed the trials and tests and he got everything back just double up, Hallelujah, Amen!
Daniel 1 2 The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, and also part of the holy vessels of God's house. Nebuchadnezzar took the vessels to the land of Shinar, to the house of his gods, and put them in the treasury there.
3 The king said to Aspen, the supreme court of her husband, that he should take some of the Israelites, both of the royal family and the nobles, 4 young boys who were without blemish, and beautiful to look at, skilled in all manner of wisdom, knowledge-rich and lærenemme, fit to serve in the king's palace. Them he would teach the Chaldean writing and language. 5 The king decided that the day was to eat the same fine food as he drinks the same kind of wine. For three years they should be trained, and by the time they were to serve the king. 6 Among them was Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names. Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah Shadrach, Meshach, Mishael and Azariah Abed-nego.
8 Daniel set out that he would not defile himself this way with food and wine from the king. He asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 God made it so that the chief eunuch was benevolence and kindness of Daniel. 10 But he said to Daniel: "I am afraid that my lord the king, who has decided what to eat and drink, will find that you do not look as healthy as the other boys of their age, and that the king for their sake to draw me accountable. "11 Daniel then said to the overseer as the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 12" Please test your servants for ten days! Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink! 13 Then you notice how we look, we and the boys who eat the food from the king. Do as your servants for what you then get to see! "14 He did what they wanted, and tried them for ten days. 15 When the ten days had passed, it turned out that they looked better and was in better condition than those boys who had eaten food from the king. 16 So the overseer them drop the fine food and wine and gave them vegetables.
17 God gave these four boys knowledge and skill in all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel saw in all sorts of visions and dreams.
18 When that time the king had determined, was to end, and they should be brought before him, led the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and there were none among the young boys who could compete with Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. And they got the service of the king. 20 Whenever the king asked them for advice in matters of wisdom and understanding, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in the kingdom. 21 Daniel was there until King Cyrus' reign.
We had studied the whole book of Daniel and his whole life, it is an unusual whole-hearted and strong man we meet here, one that served God throughout his life from childhood, youth, manhood and old age. Daniel met the challenges it is possible both to meet throughout life. It was like 60 years old he was thrown to the lions, and as a teenager he was taken to Babylon. Job says something supposedly true.
Job. 7. 1. Norwegian (1930)
Is not human life on earth a war, and his days as a hired day?
A violation mans life living ju människan on earth, och her days aro such as dagakarlens days.
Danish (1917 / 1931)
Has man on earth ej Krigerkaar? As a Daglejers his Dagh.
We as believers who will and desire to serve the Lord, not the least we were saved from a young age. Our whole life here on this earth is a war. Think of me that was saved when I was 16 and if I be 85 years if the Lord wants. It then becomes a continuous Christian service of 70 years approx. nothing short war there? My youngest daughter has been in the army for 1 1 \ 2 years and am now in command school. How are our lives as believers. We started as meaningful and can proceed as corporal, on which as a sergeant, lieutenant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier, major general, lieutenant general and general. This was a short ladder in the military but it is so also in God's kingdom, where one goes ahead after each as a show fidelity and ability. They both belong to and are two sides of the same to and be able to serve the Lord.
1. Kor. 4. 2 Now it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
2. Tim. 2. 2 What you have heard me many witnesses, you should surrender to reliable people who are able to teach others.
5) The Apostle John
Joh. e. 21 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following. It was he who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, "Lord, who is it who will betray you?" 21 So when Peter saw him, he said to Jesus: "Lord, what will then happen to him? "22 Jesus answered," If I will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me! "23 The word later came out among the brethren:" The disciple should not die. "But Jesus had not said that he would not die, but he said:" If I will that he remain until I come, what concerns that you? "24 It is this disciple who testifies of these things and who wrote this, and we know that his testimony is true.
From janchristensen.net: The Apostle John (died circumference. Year 100) was one of the twelve chosen disciples of Jesus.
John and his brother James were sons of Zebedee and Salome, the latter was sister to the Virgin Mary. They worked as fishermen in Galilee together with Andrew and Peter, when Jesus called them to seg.Johannes said to be the disciple whom Jesus loved.  Together with Peter and James followed him Jesus to the mountain when he met Moses and Elijah and the same circle of disciples followed Jesus to pray with him in Gethsemane. 
After the first Pentecost, were John, James and Peter leaders of the Jewish Christian authorities in Jerusalem. John was later exiled to the island of Patmos. Here he is following the tradition have to write down John's revelation. The last years of his life he lived in Ephesus in Vesleasisa. Following tradition, he wrote in the Gospel of Jesus.
John will be the only one of the apostles who are not a martyr, but had a natural death. Evangelist John, the host symbolized by an eagle as he opens his gospel with a ørneflukt. There appear also often that John is that of evangelists who has an overview, and that is not concerned with details.
The apostle was called when he was safe last n 17 \ 18 and died when he was about. 100, his war service here on earth was then over 80 years.
This is from my commentaries from John the gospel to come:
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
John was not afraid that some of his disciples to be with Jesus, he showed that he was the precursor to him was to come. There is something unselfish of John that is attractive.
36 When he saw Jesus walking by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God."
Now he mentions that Jesus is the Lamb of God again, without including that he carries the sin of the world as in v. 29 Jesus' sacrifice was different from all the sacrifice in the Old Testament and the Old Covenant had to be repeated many times. Jesus' sacrifice was perfect and once he gave himself was NOK.
37 The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
One is of course John himself. The second is Andreas the first to be called an Apostle, and he is therefore in Greek known as protokletos, "it was called first." He met Jesus in the tenth hour, two hours before sunset (John 1.39). Andreas recognized immediately Jesus as the Messiah (Jn 1.41), and he ran off and brought his brother Simon, whom Jesus later gave surnamed Peter. Thus, Andreas is also the first Christian missionary. The brothers were the first disciples, and they left everything to follow him (Luke 5.11, Matthew 4.19 to 20; Mark 1.17 to 18). For these fishermen, Jesus said that they would go out and preach the gospel, he would make them fishers of men (gr: ἁλιείς ἀνθρώπων, halieis anthropon).
The apostles Andrew and Peter are mentioned several times in the Gospels and the Apostle lists mentioned he was always among the first four (along with Peter, James and John). He is present at some important occasions as one of the disciples who were most attached to Jesus (Mark 13.3; John 6.8; 12:22). The Gospels show how he sits humbly at the Master's feet and asking questions on behalf of the other. He mentioned in particular for his contribution when Jesus fed five thousand (John 6.1 to 9), when he wondered how they would provide food for the crowd, and in an episode of Greeks who wanted to meet Jesus (John 12.20 - 22). Although he stays in the background, it's Jesus people to meet, not himself. Acts mentioned him only once (1.13).
38 Jesus turned and saw that they followed him, and he said: "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi, where do you live?" Rabbi means teacher.
It's like they were already prepared to be Jesus' followers. They recognized Jesus as Rabbi at once, there is little to recognize Jesus as a great teacher, but also something far more than that.
39 "Come and see," said Jesus. They went with him and saw how he lived, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.
Jesus did not have a great need to promote himself, he was pleased that they listened to what he said. He let the words and teachings's always crucial.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John speak, and who had followed Jesus.
Have already described Andrew, Peter's brother well. But there were two brothers, couples should have as much to do with Christianity, is more a strength a weakness. Strong and loving families are more a strength a weakness for the gospel.
41 He struck the first now his brother Simon and said to him: "We have found the Messiah." Messiah means the anointed one.
Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed. Kristis became flesh and blood like us. The front of heaven was human, one of us and was no longer one of them. It was not an intellectual exchange, first and foremost, but that Jesus no longer was a spiritual person, but was a man. A body made you for me it is written.
42 Then he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You shall be called Cephas. "Cephas is the same as Peter.
Jesus was indeed a prophet. The fact that Peter was to be the foremost of the disciples, I think none of the others could be imagined, but Jesus so long. I think there is something more here. It was Peter who always kept the most important speeches and the most important things that were said by the disciples. Think about it!
43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee. When he found Philip and said to him: "Follow me!"
Here again we see Jesus hunted disciples. They were from Galilee, a large set. Galilee, Samaria and Judah was Israel at the time of Jesus, where Galilee was seen as the most "primitive" and unschooled. But it was there from Isaiah himself came and he brought his disciples. This also allows Paul's get some in. 1 Kor. 1. 26 Brothers, think of who you are, you called: not many wise, humanly, and not a lot of power or of a distinguished family. 27 But it is going to be foolish in the world, God chose to do the show to shame. It is considered weak in the world, God chose to make it strong to shame. 28 That which is low in the world, that which is despised, it is nothing, that God chose to destroy it is something, 29 that no flesh should boast before God.
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter were from.
Philip was from the neighboring town of Capernaum that Peter now lived in and ran with fishing. Peter was a "handy" man who had at least confident school of disciples. But it was he who stood forth as the leader of the disciples. God sees the heart and get the most out of anyone who would put his life on his altar.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him: "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets wrote about: It is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
This was not small, think that God's son and who all have written about, even Moses has come. Jesus was the person who everyone had written about and that the entire Old Testament and all the writers point out the contrary. Even Moses said the following. A prophet from your midst, of thy brethren, like unto me will the Lord your God raise up for you. On him shall ye hear - 5M 18:15.
46 "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Said Nathanael. Philip replied: "Come and see!"
Nazareth was a small insignificant village that lay in the mountains behind the sea also Tiberias on the west side closer to the Mediterranean Sea. Nazareth was a small village. Reference section of the NT05 says that it probably lived from 120 to 150 people here. Fartein Valen Sendstad estimates that there lived about 200-400 people here, that some large families (Palestine at the time of Jesus, p. 202). The village lay 6-7 km from the capital Tsippori, where it is guessed that Joseph (and thus probably also Jesus while growing up) worked as a construction worker. It is shown that Nazareth had a Jewish population, in that archaeologists have documented evidence of four key indicators of Jewish settlement (reinsingsbad, Steinke, Jewish burial practices and the lack of traces of the pig). Nazareth was seen as a "file" village, where one was not highly educated or trained at all!
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming and said, "Behold an Israelite indeed, a man without guile."
Being an Israelite without guile speaks about being sincere and truthful. Jesus by the Spirit of knowledge as this, and spite against this on Nathanael. Nathanael, or Bartholomew, was one of Jesus' twelve disciples in the New Testament in the Bible, and is often identified with Philip's companion Nathanael (John 1:45-51). He is hardly described in the Bible, only four names lists, and the main person in the apocryphal Gospel of Bartholomew. According to legend, converted Bartholomew king of Armenia. But when it was discovered by the king's pagan brother, he Bartholomew being flayed alive and then beheaded.
48 "How do you know me?" Said Nathanael. Jesus replied: "I saw you before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree."
Jesus had an impact in the spirit like no other and an accuracy like no other. He had the Spirit without measure, and could see things prophetically both past, present and future!
49 Then said Nathanael: "Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel."
Jesus was not just a Rabbi, a teacher. But the Son of God, with all that it implies. The fact that Jesus was the Son of God made him to be in a unique position. It implies that he had his qualities and his envoy.
50 "Do you believe because I said I saw you under the fig tree?" Said Jesus. "You shall see greater things than this."
Nathanael became convinced of Jesus. But he would see greater things. What are the major things? It is that he should go in the Master's footsteps and do the same thing as him. It is always God's will for us, that we shall be like him and do the same works EVEN!
51 Then he said: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
"Then he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. The angels of God ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said:
"I am the Lord, your father Abraham and the God of Isaac, God. The country where you are, I will give you and your descendants. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth. You should spread to the west and east, to the north and south. And in you and in your seed shall all the kindreds and peoples be blessed-net. See, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this country. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have told you. "
When Jacob awoke from his sleep and said: "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it."
Then he was afraid and said, "Where fear instill this places! This can not be anything other than God's house, and here is the gate of heaven. "(Gen. 1. 28, 12-17).
This was known for Nathanael, he had an experience like Jacob. The fact that here was God and he showed it. We can not put ourselves above God, he is seeking, attracting and set off for us. Not vice versa as we guardianship to believe and think. There is nothing in us that is drawn against him, but he pulled against us with an everlasting love. Rooms. 5. 10 When we were still God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through His Son's death. Now that we are reconciled, how much more shall we be saved by his life. This is what is the gospel, that we are loved by God himself as his enemies (end of quote)!
John was one of the two disciples who had been with John the Baptist who later became Jesus. What was the "secret" to the apostle John, that he passed all of the Spirit School and was the foremost and as a day sure to sit closest to Jesus in his kingdom?
Matt. 20. 20 Later, the mother of Zebedee's sons to him with her sons, kneeling down and wanted to ask him about anything. 21 "What do you want?" He asked. She replied: "Say that these my two sons may sit by your side in your kingdom, the one on the right and the other on the left side." 22 But Jesus said, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I shall drink? '"We can," they replied. 23 Jesus said, "My cup you shall drink, but who should sit at my right or left is not mine to decide. There, they must sit as my Father has given to it. "
What was the "secret"? We read in the introduction here in v. 20: "the disciple whom Jesus loved." Do you feel loved by Jesus? So did the Apostle John, and became the greatest of all and will be sure almost all of Jesus in the coming Kingdom of God, or 1000 years of kingdom, great! Go around now for yourself and know these words: "you are loved by Jesus." You are "loved by God." Become a worshiper of God and thank Jesus for all he has continued to you and that He loves you anyway.
It is perhaps not quite correct to say that worship is one of the angels most important tasks for the word task contains an element of duty and are often the reason a slightly negative tone. It is more correct to say that the angels greatest joy and privilege is to worship God. In Revelation chapter 4 and 5, we get glimpses into the heavenly throne room where God sits on the throne of the universe:
"And I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the four living creatures and the elders - there were tens of thousands of ten thousands, thousands and thousands" (Revelation 5.11). This mighty throng worship God and the Lamb, who is Jesus Christ. In the same mansions are four beings who stand around God's throne: "Each of the four living creatures had six wings, and everywhere they had eyes, both around and under the wings. Night and day they cry without ceasing: Holy, holy, holy the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come "(Rev. 4.8).
Main pursuit in heaven is to worship Jesus and God the Father, it is, and should have been our most important task as believers here on earth, because we are loved! The Apostle John both showed and felt that he was loved, do you? I do it and God has no favorites and no one has precedence with him or he is looking down on someone, all are equally loved whether one is white, black, yellow or red. Jesus died equally for all and in heaven there will be no room for hatred or racism, as all are equally and gloriously saved and there will of all nations and ethnic groups complement and enrich each other filled out, hallelujah!
Psalm 150 1. Hallelujah!
Praise God in his sanctuary,
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him for his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him the resounding horn,
praise him with harp and lyre!
4 Praise him with the kettledrum and dance,
praise him with stringed instrument and flute!
5 Praise him with cymbals toning,
praise him with sounding cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
When we are humiliated, which is God's will, so we praise the Lord like never before and more than the humiliation that would result in an exaltation and recovery afterwards! As long as we have been humbled by the Lord.
2. Kor. 7. 10 For when the grief is so God willing, it leads to repentance and salvation and leaves no regret. But the world's sorrow leads to death.