“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”. Philippians 3:10
To be honest, I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection; the idea of sharing in his suffering and death that’s not as appealing.like most, I want to the benefit without any of the negative. That’s how the gospel used to be preached. All of the good and avoid the bad. heaven versus hell. Good versus evil. God versus Satan. And there is truth in that but it is not the whole truth.
I realized as I surrendered my life to God that the attacks from the enemy are not just reserved for the gospel leads. They are real. More than once I considered quitting just so the attacks could stop. I even did quite a few times.
Then I realized that I may get a temporary relief from the attacks but the consequences will last for eternity. The sufferings of this world, regardless of how bad they are, well come to an end. Jesus’s suffering did. Eternity is forever. Hell is forever.
In death, Christ overcame the enemy. When I die to my flash, I also overcome. The more I crucify my flesh the less power the enemy has in me. It is in the power of the Resurrection that I am able to face the suffering and even eventual death that will come to my flesh and this earthly body.
Understanding the power of the resurrection that lives within me.
Understanding that this suffering in this life is temporal.
Understanding that the death of my flesh has a purpose.
Those things give me hope and joy. They make knowing and sharing worth the cost.
Prayer – Lord I am thankful that you use both good and bad to teach and grooming. I am thankful that even the attacks of the enemy can be used for your glory and honor. I know in my flash I just want the power of the Resurrection that comes from knowing you. I also can see the benefit of sharing your suffering and death. I am with you and all the hard because I know you are with me and it all.
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