Biblical wisdom laid out in plain English by Elect Lady Owens
It is with great joy that we embrace the knowledge of how God loves us and He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) It’s blessed to know that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17) What confidence we have to know we can do all things through Christ because He will give us strength to do it. (Philippians 4:13) It is with great assurance to know that if God is for us it doesn’t matter who is against us. (Romans 8:31)
How rewarding to know, at the end of our labor in this life, there is a crown of righteousness which the Lord Jesus will award to all of us who long for His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8) However, we have to deal with the fact that there will be struggle in this life! So, what is struggle? Struggle is defined as: “striving to achieve something in the face of difficulty or resistance.” Jesus Christ is our ultimate example!
I Peter 4:1-2 says: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he should no longer live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” So, our works as believers should be to do the will of God and to suffer with pleasure. Just as Christ suffered for us in the flesh or in His human nature as a man, we should make our corrupt nature suffer by putting to death the body of sin by self-denial and mortification.
Since Christ suffered physical pain for us, we should arm ourselves with the same attitude and be willing to suffer. When your mind is made up to suffer for Christ, that means you have made up your mind to stop sinning. It is the process of “enduring struggle!” This equips you so you don’t spend the rest of your life chasing after human desires, but instead you will anxiously pursue the will of God. Jesus encourages us in St John 16:33: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
We also have the assurance of Psalms 34:19 that says: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Struggle can bring us closer to God. Psalms 34:17-18 says: “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
Apostle Paul encourages us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
James 1:2 encourages us: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” Also, I Peter 1:6-7 says: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trying of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Lastly, Romans 8:18 says: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” It has been said: “You will never know God is all you need until God is all you got! Think of the worst thing in life you ever had to suffer or endure struggle. Hold it in your mind! Now, it didn’t kill you because you survived. You are now a survivor of struggle! So, I encourage you to endure the struggle and not only reap the benefits in this life but Eternal Life as well.
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