In Other Words
~ John Wenham ~
This quote really hits me this week. It seems that every way I turn, I'm learning something about identifying with the sufferings of Christ. Just yesterday I posted this verse from Philippians 3:10:
"10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
This past Friday night I was at Bible study. One of my objectives in going was actually to stay awake because I had just flown in from Mexico, and I knew that if I went home I would just crash. But I wanted to try to get back on my normal schedule. So I went to Bible study for that reason.
God however had a different reason for me to go. He had something that He wanted me to hear. Something He needed to get through my thick skull. Something that Paul wrote about many years ago.
In this verse Paul talks about walking in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings. Now to fellowship with someone means to take an ACTIVE part in whatever they are doing. If we are to fellowship in Christ's sufferings, it means that we WILL suffer. Evil will try to throw its worst at us, just like it threw its worst at Christ. The thing is that we KNOW we already have the victory.
Because, as Paul stated in the beginning of this verse, we KNOW the power of Christ's resurrection. No matter what evil tries to throw at us, we have already won. Christ DEFEATED evil when He rose from the grave. And through His victory, He gave us power to overcome it as well.
So if you are in a time of suffering, don't give up. You HAVE the victory. Just hold on to Christ, and He will see you through!
Thanks, Iris for hosting this today and for making me think about this wonderful quote!
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