Greetings fellow sojourners! As I was reading through bible study this week a few scriptures “sharpened me”. I LOVE how the Word is living and effective and sharper than any two-edge sword! Wouldn’t you agree that the sharpening truth we require has a way of painfully piercing, resembling a two-edge sword at times? Ouch! Even still, I am eager for some truth from the Word. How about you?
Philippians 3:10, “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings…”. Fellowship of His sufferings? Let’s look at some things He suffered while cloaked as a man. Lack of material excess (Luke 9:58), rejection (Matthew 13:57), misery (Matthew 16:21), loneliness (Luke 5:16), wrath (Isaiah 50:6), sorrow (Mark 13:34), the desire for different circumstances (Mark 13:35-36), lack of compassion (Isaiah 53:3), judgement from others (Isaiah 53:8), grieved by others words or actions (Isaiah 53:10), betrayal (Mark 14:44 , Matthew 26:75), plus others. Are you currently suffering from something similar? You are valuable and the Lord loves you! Be encouraged when trials come. We can consider it as walking in step with Jesus and we can expect comfort from the Father. Can we pause for a moment during the hardship and rejoice in the knowledge that as we walk through the trial we are getting closer to Him? In our weakness we are made strong! If we lived life without enduring hardship why would there ever be a need to cry out for Him like the times when we suffer? Wouldn’t you agree the relationship grows in leaps and bounds as we meet Him on our path of thorns? Praise you Lord. As Jesus often had quiet sufferings, we can be encouraged to do the same. But when comfort comes, the time for quietness is over – rejoice and proclaim the praises of our God (Psalm 26:7)!
If we fellowship with our Lord in His sufferings we should receive a twofold exchange. The first is receiving healing from our trial by way of a never-failing source of comfort. The second is acting from the overflow and pouring out comfort to others. Here are some bullet points from 2 Corinthians 1:4-7. (1) He comforts us in ALL our affliction, (2) We are comforted SO THAT we can provide comfort to others (this is a life poured out, this is life with a purpose, this is a life of witness). As you experience the sufferings of Christ you can expect ministry to be multiplied to you. And (3) as you share in the sufferings, you WILL share in the comfort.
“Therefore My people will know My name, therefore they will know on that day that I am He who says: Here I am.” (Isaiah 52:6) Listen as He calls to you saying, “Here I am.” Go to Him. He is waiting to comfort you. Will you let Him?
Father of all comfort, sharpen us by Your word, strengthen us during our trials, and encourage us to pour out to others what You have poured in. We ask and believe in the name that makes it all possible…Jesus.
You ARE Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed!