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Monday, April 23, 2018

Suffering...

Why does God allow suffering or even causes it?
Written by Author Jennifer Quetant, April 23rd, 2018

     Suffering is a result of the fall of mankind. God’s creation was not created to suffer. In fact, mankind was created to live and serve God, on earth, for eternity. When we sinned, Satan hijacked the God-given authority that was given to man. Therefore, Satan is now the “god of this earth,” who steals, kills, and destroys.

     Satan, the enemy of God, is evil. He takes pride and joy in seeing God’s people suffer. He’s jealous of man being created in the image of God. Despite receiving power from the believer, (who gives it to him), he still isn’t satisfied. He craves on God’s people. He prowls around like a lion, seeking to devour someone. Satan accused Job of being a user. He assumed that Job only served God because of his blessings. He was only able to severely attack Job because of God’s “say-so.” This story in the Bible intrigues me because it’s very difficult to understand God’s wisdom. His ways are not like mine. It’s even more challenging to believe that God even causes suffering.

     I think that God allows suffering because He is not a man that can lie. God told man not to sin because we would suffer the consequences. Every Word of God is a promise! God cannot be mocked. So when Adam sinned, the world fell into chaos. This cannot be undone. Jesus came and reversed the curse. However, man must still “go through the motions,” because we dwell in this world. However, Christians have hope. Our faith and trust in God’s Word can shelter us through the storms of life.

     Though, I don’t believe that God causes suffering. God is love. In the Old Testament, God did indeed rebuke and correct His people. He set-apart the Israelites, and commanded that they obey His laws. When they disobeyed, God caused harm on them in order to give them the punishment that they so deserved. In the New Testament, God punished man for the punishment that we rightfully deserved too. But, He placed all of the blame on His One and Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. By His Stripes we’re healed, and by the outpouring of His blood on Calvary, we’re saved. So because Christ suffered for us, God doesn’t cause us to suffer. Otherwise, that’ll be considered “double jeopardy” in the holy courts. My God is perfectly just!

     I’m incredibly thankful for Jesus’ finished work on the cross. He bore my cross and laid down His life for me. I will not live in sin, and suffer the consequences because I know the cost that my Savior paid for me. Why would I be in bondage to sin when Jesus set me free?

     I believe that because of the work of the enemy in this fallen world, Christians sometimes suffer. I do not believe that God causes suffering on His people, because He loves us and finished His wrath on Jesus. When I suffer, I do as Jesus did by saturating myself in the truth of the Bible. I choose to cling to God. I choose joy over worry. I choose to confuse the enemy with my praise. I choose to stand on God’s Word because His Word is true.

     God promised to never leave or forsake me. He promised a way out for me. He promised that He wouldn’t allow me to be tempted more than I could bear. He told me that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. Sometimes, I feel as if the only way out is through. The Bible states in Romans 12:12 (New King James Version), that we must always be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in this world. The only way that I can get through suffering is acting on the Word of God. I must put on the full armor of God. I must constantly pray because the enemy is busy!

     The story of Job’s suffering, teaches me to not judge anyone, because I am not God. I have a finite mind. In other words, my wisdom is extremely limited. God is the maker of heaven and earth. He’s omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Though, I may see people’s lives, I cannot see their hearts. Only God can judge. I admit that I don’t know everything. I really don’t know anything besides what the all-knowing God allows me to know. All I know is that God is love. He has a purpose for everything. His wisdom is far greater than every human brain combined. He’s knows best. All I can do is encourage others, uplift them in prayer, and grieve alongside them. I can only walk in my shoes. I cannot make people see the light at the end of the tunnel. All I can do is be the light in this world.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Prophetic Dream: Be Watchful (1 Peter 1)



Dream I had on April 6, 2018. ( I woke up around 5 a.m. to write down my vision). My dreams often have several different scenes.


I saw the event surrounding Noah’s ark. The waters were extreme. There were no windows on the side of the ark, which was good because it was a frightening sight with very loud sounds! 
Interpretation: God is going to judge the earth again (destroy it) and only the righteous (saved by faith) will be saved. CHURCH GET READY! Evangelize with your holy life and with your testimony and knowledge of the Word of God. Jesus is coming!

A small airplane doing tricks in the air for about an hour- people riding on it having fun. It seems as if they were playing games with God. I was outraged looking at them because I couldn't understand why they chose to do something so foolish with their lives.
Interpretation: Don’t play with God by putting your life at risk and living as if He doesn’t exist, or as if you'll forever live a wicked life. Use your life as a vessel for God. Choose life! Choose Jesus Christ- the only way of salvation (John 14:6). Let your life count. Don't live on the edge. Live confidently knowing that you will live with Jesus when you die (Romans 10:9; John 3:16). There's hope with Jesus!

A small yellow bird that said my name. I think it was saying “coco” (my old nickname) and also “Jennifer.” I was thinking about taking it home as a pet but didn't have a cage. I left it alone and allowed it to fly around. 
Interpretation: I’m called by God. I often go back and forth with wondering if I'm really called by God as a prophet (seer: having spiritual dreams to hear from God and tell others). It's an overwhelming gift and the enemy always attacks me in my mind. I'm always asking for confirmation. I'm very stubborn. Still, God is ever so patient with me- His servant. He sends me confirmation after confirmation. Though, I really don't need it because I can hear clearly from God. It doesn't matter what people think or feel about me. It doesn't matter if people are jealous, upset or intimidated. It doesn't matter who thinks I'm not qualified because of my past, age, status or personality. God made me who I am. God set me apart to use me (Jeremiah 1:5). When I let go of my past and fully submitted myself to Jesus Christ, I became a new creation. The past is gone, the NEW has come (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 5:17)! I am called for God's purposes. I must do what the Spirit says (sound the alarm) so that people can WAKE UP! 

It was a thunderstorm and I was wanting to take an airplane to get somewhere. People were scared to board the plane. I was telling them how it’s necessary to take an airplane and that we would be okay. 
Interpretation: Don’t be afraid because God is with you. Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will be protected. With long life He’ll satisfy you and show you His salvation. (Read Psalm 91). 
Click here for my Psalm 91 Testimony: https://youtu.be/3WnRtoWtI5s

Even though storms rage against you, be encouraged that God is with you. He will never forsake you. He brings peace in the midst of chaos. Don't give up or seek an escape. God's wisdom is above yours. He often does things through us that may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable. God tests your faith and tries you in the fire (1 Peter 1:3-9) so that you can produce perseverance for your next trials. God is not going to allow you to be taken out. He will see you through because you’ve been called for His purposes. He will provide the way out in His way and timing. God wants to fulfill His promises for your life, so have faith. He has a good plan for your life. Keep pushing through this Christian journey with prayer, praise, worship, holiness, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. We will face persecution. But God considers us blessed. Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in this world. 

We have hope. We're winning souls and looking forward to the return of our Savior and our heavenly rewards!


Encouraging Bible Verses:

Psalm 91 NKJV

1 Peter 1 NIRV

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28, NLT).

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

Romans 12 NLT

"When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray. be faithful" (Romans 12:12, NIRV).

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB).

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 3:16, NIV).

"Study this Book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your god is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:8-9, NLT).

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV).



Here's a snapshot of 1 Peter 1 NIRV from my Bible.


Please Please PLEASE READ 1 PETER 1 (the whole chapter)! I was amazed at the way God provided that whole section of scripture for me to read as He gave me the interpretation of this dream. I was blown away! Each verse lined up with every thing in this dream and the whole reason for this #BibleJourneymovement. We're called to be holy, love God, act on His Word, and prepare for His return. =)

*(See my video on holiness). Click here: https://youtu.be/6cPcbPnO1Gg





Author Jennifer Quetant

#BibleJourney #Jointhemovment

Monday, April 2, 2018

Love God Because He Loves You


God has been pouring revelation into my spirit as I study for my B.A. in Biblical Studies, and, it’s been so edifying. He repeatedly gives me confirmation. I know that what I feel in my heart is from God. 

I’m currently studying the Old Testament. It's important to read the entire Bible so that you may get a better understanding of Jesus Christ. He's hidden in the OT and revealed in the NT. The entire Bible is God's written love letter to us. 

This week’s focus is on the book of Exodus. 

“Exodus describes these two main events: Israel’s departure from Egypt (rescue) and Israel’s newly established alliance with God (relationship)” (Arnold & Beyer, 2015, p. 78).

“The 10 commandments and the other commands were a result of God’s grace and love for his people. He issued his laws to the nation after he had redeemed his people and established his bond of intimate relationship with him. The law served as a seal on that relationship. Throughout the Old Testament the law is a positive expression of God’s Will for his people. Laws are a part of life. Breaking them only hurts us and proves that God’s laws are just and true.”

“Obeying his law is the right response to God’s grace, not as a means of salvation but as the response to salvation” (Arnold & Beyer, 2015, pp. 86-87).

“God’s desire was for a “priestly kingdom and a holy nation” that he could indwell (Exodus 19:6 NRSV). The exodus from Egypt took place so that God could dwell in the midst of his people. The coming of God’s glorious presence into the newly constructed tabernacle forms the climax of the book of exodus” (40:34). 

“Eventually the temple in Jerusalem would replace the tabernacle as the habitation of God’s glory. Likewise, Christ came to “tabernacle” among us (John 1:14; Heb. 8:1-9:15). Now the Holy Spirit dwells within the church and has therefore fulfilled the ultimate purpose for both tabernacle and temple.”

“Exodus is about the salvation and preparing of the Israelites for life in the promised land. The gift of God’s presence is a prefulfillment reality.”

“The Sinai covenant became the principal symbol of an enduring relationship with God. The exodus and Sinai events are thus as central for the Old Testament as the cross is for the New” (Arnold & Beyer, 2015, p. 88).

*Reference: Arnold, B. T. & Beyer, B. E. (2015). Encountering the old testament: A christian survey. Grand Rapids, MI: BakerAcademic—a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Having a relationship with God is so important to me. As a Christian, I need to be led daily by the Holy Spirit, hearing God’s Voice and acting on His Word. It’s not about works. By grace we’ve been saved (Ephesians 2:8). However, I believe that obedience to God is how the motives of our hearts are seen (Matthew 12:33; James 2:14-26). If we really love God, Jesus said, “keep his commandments (John 14:15).” 

I’m not judging those Christians who don’t have a full understating of God’s grace. I used to be one of those lukewarm Christians that was plagued with God’s judgement and anger. I wasn’t sure if I was going to heaven or if God even loved me. I let people dictate the truth about Christianity and what I should believe. 

Right believing results in right living. (Read my blog posts: “His Love Makes Us Want to Do Right," and "Biblical Life Application").

It wasn’t until I read the Bible for myself and sought the truth that I became lavished with God’s love. 

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV

“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:5-7 NKJV

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

I’m so thankful for Jesus. I’m incredibly grateful for having a Savior. I’m so happy that it was Jesus who died for me because He is LOVE! There’s no flaw in Him. He’s altogether lovely! He does no harm to me. And God is a good, good Father. He’s perfect in all of His ways. He’s just, loving and true. He’s king, tender and merciful. He’s all that He says that He is. He’s not a liar. He’s not upset with me. He doesn’t condemn me. He corrects me, but He never scorns me. He’s...indescribable! There’s no words to fully express the fullness of His goodness. 

So I feel completely obligated to give my life away to Him. It’s a privilege to serve the Lord! I could be dead in my grave-in a burning hell. My soul could be lost. I could be depressed, confused, full of worry and fear. But, God...

So it’s my purpose to live for God. I LIVE TO WORSHIP HIM! #BibleJourney is my greatest desire. There’s nothing more satisfying then growing closer to God. There’s nothing else I rather do than to help people get to know God for themselves. 

“Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know him better. Give him glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

My God... I am burning with passion to see God’s glory. I just can’t understand why anyone who would receive God’s grace would continue to live apart from Him. How in the world did the Israelites see the greatest miracle ever and still doubt and ultimately deny God? He rescued them from their enemies, opened up the sea for them, allowed them to see their enemies defeated and miraculously provided for them on their journey to their own land. Still, they wanted to live in sin and out of His presence. That’s not right. The right response for salvation, is to know and love God. 

We were created by a loving God for His purposes. We were created to know Him by walking with Him on a daily basis. Being in His presence is not just a blessing, it is a necessity of everyday life. How amazingly blessed are Christians today to be recognized at God's Church?! The Israelites had to build places for God's presence to dwell. Today, our bodies are the Lord's temple and His Holy Spirit lives inside of us (Ezk. 36:27; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Col. 1:27)! Jesus' death ushered in the Holy Spirit so that we can come boldly to God (Heb. 4:16). He's wiped away our sins so that we can be able to walk with God as Adam and Eve did before sin entered into the world (Rom. 5:11-12).

Exodus means "departure." Yahweh saved His people (the Israelites) when He provided a way of escape out of Egypt (a land of sin and bondage). Jesus departed when He died on the cross to rescue us from the consequences of sin-bondage and death. God commanded the Israelites to have a relationship with Him. Today, the same God is still wanting an intimate relationship with His people (the Church).

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23 KJV

"Now this is enteral life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3 NIV

Don't merely accept salvation as a means to escape eternal death in hell. Accept Jesus because He loves you and wants you to love Him back. Accept Jesus' love, and in return, let God's love penetrate your heart and soul so that you may walk in love through the Spirit. Renew your mind. Live a transformed life. Be converted. Come out of the world and live out the holiness that God has given you. Let your life glorify God. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Be like Christ.

God gave the Israelites commandments to teach them how to love Him. Today, we look to the cross where Jesus hung to see how much God loves us. Friends, the right response is to love Him with your whole life. He laid down His life for you. Lay down yours and become like Him. 

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13 NIV

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

“We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NASB

“Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'” Matthew 22:37 NLT

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 ESV




Author Jennifer Quetant