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Jeremiah 12:5
"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with the horses? or if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?"
God ask the prophet we know as Jeremiah, and asks the saints today this same question.  Some do not want to answer this question.  Why do some seem able to be deceived by evil, corrupt, ungodly politicians?  Is the devil practicing on them, to see how to deceive the world when he brings the antichrist to power?
Some Christians are in shock, some are under burdens, some are fearful and in doubt, some have circumstances of life that have brought them to despair, some have very low faith.  Due to those things, some are willing to give up, fail, and cease.  The politically correct, the lies of the devils in the mouths of a corrupt politician, deceives some who have no excuse to ever be so deceived.  Like Eve in the garden, the serpent finds it easy to deceive some Christians.
God asks them: ‘if this is all you can take, what will you do when the trials are really great???”
We need to learn to abide, remain, hold fast, in the midst of trials and tribulations.   When quitting would be so easy, we need to hold on, keep fighting, refuse to give up.  We are to seek the counsel of the Bible for what is right and what is wrong, not ask the politically correct, immoral, ungodly politicians.
John 15:4
"Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me."
Many Christians desire to be fruitful, and to have a joyful, victorious Christian life, but how?  The Bible tells us, but we have ignored, or passed over it without really understanding what we are being told. Many come to Christ, many attend a church, many will claim to have been saved sometime, somewhere, but how many "ABIDE"?  Abiding is the hard part. Consistently, constantly, un-hesitantly, through thick or thin, in blessing or in trial, in victory or in defeat, in sickness or in health, -- to "abide" in the Lord -- is the part many fail.
Matthew 20:16
"...many are called, but few are chosen."
The Lord calls many, many people to come, and many do accept. Then come the tests, the trials, the persecutions from the world. Few  will stand the tests.
It is sometimes like the story of the 100 birds on a fence, and if you shoot one, how many are left?  The answer is "NONE", for the rest all fly away.  In Christianity, it is sometimes the same. Perhaps this is what Jesus had in mind when He spoke the parable in Matthew 13:31-32:
"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:  which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
The church is the small seed that was planted, as it grows it becomes a great tree.  This tree has many branches attached to the trunk and root, its source of life, but it becomes so big that many birds begin to lodge within it.  The church is like that for many come to the church, that are not the branches that bear fruit, but are like "birds".  Birds within the church are like the ones who with the least trouble fly away from the source of life.  Branches stay attached to the tree.   The Lord wants us to "abide" and stay with him through the wind, the storms, the rains of life. The birds will fly away, and not remain as will the real branches.  The branches of the tree bear fruit, but the birds of the tree devour the fruit, and so it is in the church described by our Lord in Matthew 13.
Too often in the church of the last days, many will accept the salvation of the Lord for a time, and promise to live for the Lord "no matter what", but then they do not stay to be disciples.  Many enter the classroom of the Lord, but few stay to go through the tests. Sometimes the tests are hard, like the test of learning to "shout-through-our-tears". That test is hard, and many have ceased to "abide" in the Lord when that test comes their way. You cannot bear fruit, unless you learn to "abide" through the tests.
Therefore, the Lord is looking for saints who can abide the tests and trials of life. 
Jeremiah 12:5
"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with the horses? or if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?"
Jeremiah had just come to a test. The Lord had spoken to him as he traveled back to Anathoth (his home town) from  great traveling revival meetings in towns about the country-side.  The message from the Lord was informing Jeremiah that some of his fellow priests, his hometown "buddies", were plotting to kill him.  This news devastated a confident-victorious-revival-filled Jeremiah.  How could this happen, he questioned???!!! 
Then the Lord tells him, that if he cannot take this test, how will he take the harder ones to come!!!  If he cannot run with footmen, how would he ever be able to run with the horses, God asks!!! 
Then God tells Jeremiah the next part of the test. God informs Jeremiah that his own family were the ones who instigated the plot against him. This again devastated Jeremiah.  The test was almost too hard for Jeremiah.  He was tempted to give up, but he chose to "abide".  Therefore God could use him to be one of the greatest prophets of all time.  He could use Jeremiah to preach a message that no one (not even Jeremiah) wanted to believe.
This prophet was one who would "abide" no matter what trial came. He was later physically abused, put in stocks and mocked, embarrassed by colleagues, put into prison, thrown into the sewer of the prison, etc, and still Jeremiah would "abide." 
This same Jeremiah had been chosen from the womb to be used of God, and his ministry was to announce judgment from Babylon upon Jerusalem and the Temple. He was rejected, persecuted, called the 'weeping prophet', and still he could "abide."
Zechariah gave prophecies of restoration, and yet was killed by another priest near the holy place of the Temple. 
John the Baptist was blessed to be the forerunner of the first coming of Jesus, and was beheaded. 
John, the apostle, was given the prophecies of the last days while suffering imprisonment on the isle of Patmos.
Yet, many today think they are to be the only blessed, never-troubled, prosperous, well-beloved disciple of the Lord.  NO!  All will be tested, tried, disciplined by the Lord, persecuted by the world, and attacked by the devil.  Will they "abide"?
John 15:6
"If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."
If one chooses to flee the tests, if one chooses to forsake the Lord because the test is too hard, if one ceases to abide during the hard times, he is worthless as a broken branch, and is cast aside to be burnt. This certainly does not teach "once saved always saved."  Therefore, the penalty of not abiding is great.
Likewise, the reward for abiding is also great.  Notice the promise of the Lord in John 15:7-8:
"If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be My disciples."
The reward mentioned here is threefold:
 1. Asking what one desires, and it shall be given...
 2. Much fruitfulness...
 3. Being the "disciple" of the Lord...
How wonderful for a Christian life, to have these blessings. We all want them, but not all are willing to "abide", to receive them! We have thought that Jesus meant to just "stay saved", but to "abide" means much more, as Jesus explains in this sermon. To abide means to have to bear the consequences of abiding, and Jesus points out what these consequences are. 
Everyone wants to be anointed, but few want to be offended.  Many want to be fruitful, but the Lord has taught that to be fruitful, one must be purged.
John 15:2
"...every branch that beareth not fruit, He purgeth."
Many want to be clean and pure, but God has to scold, and correct us first.
John 15:3
"Now are ye clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you."
Many want to be joyful, but few know that joy is dependent on obedience first.
John 15:11
"These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might remain in you."
Many want to be a friend of God, but it is required that they get involved in the difficult works of God.
John 15:14-15
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth, I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you."
Many want to be chosen of God, but they soon learn, that this means they will be hated. 
John 15:19
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
Many want to be Christ-like, but we learn that this will require that they are persecuted.
John 15:20
"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord.  If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also."
Many want to be spoken to personally by God, but do not know that this means they must be humbled.
John 15:22
"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloke for their sin."
Many want to be a blessing to others, but they find out this will mean that they will be hated without cause.
John 15:24-25
"If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father.  But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in the law, They hated Me without a cause."
Have you come to a dead end?  Have you found the trial too shocking and too horrible for you to continue standing?  Have you looked for any door to escape.  If you cannot take this trial, how are you going to take further, truly hard trials? 
The election process is one where the media is filling the decision making with lies and coverups.  The true Christians have sources of truth.  We have the Written Word of God, we have the Holy Spirit of Truth, we have no excuse to not recognize the evil of those condoning killing the unborn, supporting perversion and violence.  We have no excuse not to recognize evil, and strengthen ourselves in this fight against the devils.   If we cannot do such now, how will we do in the final days of this age, when deceivers and liars will be even more rampant???

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