Suffering With Christ


From Pastor’s Desk: 12-13-15

Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV) I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

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I suppose it can attributed to human nature, but it seems we all want to identify with Christ in the resurrection (or the hope thereof) but we shy away from the fellowship of sharing in His suffering, especially when it reaches into the arena of sorrow, grief, trials, etc. However, we must realize that if don’t know Him in His suffering we will not know Him in His resurrection.

If we don’t know Him enough to trust Him explicitly with every facet of our lives, then how can we hope to overcome all the strategies the devil throws in our way?

Paul, the apostle, said in 2 Timothy 1:12, “…I am suffering here in prison…I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.” Further, in Philippians 1:6 he wrote, “I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.”

Often, even frequently, we are led through adverse circumstances, of which we would just as soon not go through. Suffering in the middle of a bad situation is not that of which we have dreamed. On that point we can consider Joseph, who had all those dreams that resulted him being sold into slavery. Who knew that his situation, certainly in the realm of suffering and even potential death, would be the road to becoming the second in command of all of Egypt? It most likely was not what he dreamed, but God had a different plan. God chose to take Joseph through some adverse “stuff” that result in preserving His people, and thus his promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel).

The lesson? Though it is hard to understand adverse circumstances and situations, trust God that it may just be His way of moving you to a higher position in ministry. Sure it’s hard! He did not promise that it would not be. But He did promise that He will walk with you every step of the way. He goes before you, so He’s there with you, always.

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