Romans 5:3–4 (3) – We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (NLT)
There are three general schools of thought that I have observed: “Because I’m born again, I shouldn’t suffer.” “My present suffering is because of my past sins.” “I’m suffering now so I can enjoy life later.” All these might sound true, but regardless of the opinion you hold, the fact is that trials are part of human existence. The experience of Paul presents a good example for us to learn from.
In Acts 24, Paul was imprisoned again. This time, it seemed that Felix (the governor) liked him because he relaxed the rules and even brought his wife to listen to his teaching (vs 23–24). I could imagine what Paul would be thinking—that God had sent a man to free him. Instead, Felix was only interested in collecting bribes, and since he couldn’t achieve his aims, he left Paul in jail for another two years. Paul persevered and later said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
Beloved, can you persevere as Paul did, even when you are faced with troubles and have prayed, and it seems a breakthrough is about to happen, only to crumble? As seen in today’s Bible reading, persecution and challenges are part of the Christian journey because they help develop endurance, character, and hope in God. Know that your situation is to bring out the best in you. Be ready. Keep on praying and holding on. No matter the condition, God is good! He’ll never leave you comfortless. Rely on the Holy Spirit, and He will guide you on the path of destiny.
Hymn: Jesus Saves – Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
1. Father, help me carry my cross and to stay active irrespective of the situation.
1. Every consequence of past sins and ungodly sexual relationships battling my life. The mercy of God! Speak deliverance for me.
2. Father, set me free from the satanic yoke, family curses and the obstacles to my divine purpose (mention).
3. Father, this week, let my head fit into where You want me to be.
WAIT ON THE LORD!
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