Acts 9:16 “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Anyone up for suffering? This is NOT my idea of a good time. I generally choose to go right on by this sign up table. I take a pass on this one! What vacation time? I’m outta here!
Yet, ALL of us will suffer in this life. It’s a guarantee! It’s one thing when the suffering I experience suffering by the hands of my enemies, it’ yet another thing when the suffering comes from the hands or lips of those who say they ‘love me.’ But when the suffering comes from the hand of God…that is a hard pill to swallow. It is here I must trust that God has a plan. That His ways are higher than mine. That His promise to not give me more than I can handle will in fact be the reality in my suffering time. Most importantly that He has a reason that I am going through whatever He is allowing me to go through and His purpose for the suffering will be revealed….usually later than sooner!
Saul/Paul sat in blindness for three days, he was ridiculed by the believers who would not believe in his conversion, his message was not popular by those he ‘used’ to hang with, of course imprisoned and stoned, Paul took his lumps of suffering! He was pressed, but not crushed! Persecuted but no abandoned! Hold on my child during your suffering, joy comes in the morning, weeping only lasts for the night!
Great message so many people do not understand this.I am waiting for God’s victory to be revealed. God Bless you.
This was a awesome WORD! God bless you 4 being real. Just today I shared on FB someone wrote “a friend fiancee suffered a unexpected Death” well I posted that death was not unexpected. The only thing eternal is Heaven, death is a tragic Suffering 2 our natural state but 2 our Spiritual state it is a time of rejoicing another Sis/Bro home to be with God. We must all be ready to be partakers in Suffering if we are one with Christ that why we should encourage/pray/uplift each other like you have with confirmation of your post! Be Blessed/keep posting!
I trust God’s victory will soon be revealed for you Bridgett.
WOW Calandra…thanks for your thots on death as suffering and also as temporary for the believer.
Blessings to you both!