Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I hope that your day is going well…and that you will truly come to see and experience Christ in a greater way…no matter what you may be facing at this time.
How many times have we felt like nothing in this life…and how many times have we wondered why we suffer so much as Christians, when we have become deeply connected with the One who could make all things instantly right? There have been many times in my own life, when I have asked myself these questions…plus many more; but what I have come to see through it all; is that these circumstances we face, are not meant to be used in the way we see them being used; but rather, in the way God longs to use them…in a way that can refine us from the world we were born into…to a new life that we will one day experience with Him.
This morning, as we begin our time together, I would like to gradually share 3 different Bible references with you; that I believe will help us to understand why we suffer as Christians…and the first one is found in I Peter 4:12-13, and we read… "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
How many times do we jump to the conclusion that God isn't at work in our lives, while facing a difficult circumstance? Could it be that we feel this way; because we have placed expectations on how we feel God should be handling our lives? One thing that God is reminding me of today; is that these circumstances we face are not meant to torture us and make us suffer for nothing; but rather, these circumstances are being allowed within our lives, as a time of spiritual refinement…one that slowly chisels away imperfection…to prepare us for a perfect life in Heaven…one where we will be just like Christ…so be happy; for what you thought was meant to bring you to destruction; is actually preparing you for something even greater.
As we continue…there are a few more Bible verses that I would like to encourage you with you today and they are found in Philippians 3:8-11, and we read… "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." Verse 8 has always been a very favorite of mine! Through much loss in my life, I have learned that these also become the moments when we gain even more of Christ, which is another form of the spiritual refinement that I was just speaking of. In other words…the more loss we experience in this life…and the more we endure in this life; is not meant to make us feel defeated; but rather, moments such as these have been meant to empty out the clutter of this life; so that we would have more room for Christ to reside. In other words…we gain more of Him…and less of ourselves, which becomes another way of preparing us for the new life to come.
One thing I know for sure; is that moments of intense suffering have a way of controlling us…to a place that can convince us of defeat. Every symptom of the problem seems to beat at our hearts and minds…revealing that nothing good will ever come out of these moments; but God is once more reminding me of something in Romans 8:15-17, which says… "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
One thing that we definitely need to remember; is to never allow ourselves to become a fearful slave to these circumstances we face; but rather, we should behave like God's very own children. It's God's spirit that touches our spirits and tells us who we really are…not a circumstance. You know…if we could only let go of ourselves and this world and look through our Father's eyes; that is when I believe that we will get a completely different view of all that is taking place in our lives…and from there, we will come to truly see that these circumstances we face aren't meant to defeat and destroy us; but rather, they are meant to draw us even closer to Him, until one day we enter a place, where we will share in His glory, rather than the sufferings of this world.
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that what God may be allowing in your life right now; is meant to make you less like yourself and more like Him…so rejoice!
God bless & I'll see ya soon!
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