The Positive Purpose of Suffering in Christ

The bad things that come into our lives have different intended purposes, depending upon whose point of view we identify with and adopt.

 Satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy, whereas God wants us to experience His abundant life (John 10:10). There is a choice we have to make when we are confronted with trials and temptations. Satan’s plan is that we will cave into fear, depression and pressure, whereas God wants us to turn to Him for wisdom, comfort and grace. When David wrote, “He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3), he was saying, ‘The Lord helps me to live according to what He says is right and correct, so others can see that He is real, faithful and true. By God’s grace, I will not bring shame or reproach to His Holy name!’

 Our loving, Heavenly Father wants us to have a testimony that we can share to encourage others. Satan wants to destroy our witness for Christ and cause us to be ineffective in God’s kingdom.

 If we grumble and complain when things don’t go our way, we sound no different than the rest of the world. If we lie, cheat and steal when things get tight, we fit in with the enemy’s plan, not God’s.  When we are suffering with pain, sickness or fear, God does not intend for these things to take us down. His intention is that we will be victorious in these battles through His power, strength, wisdom and love.

 When you are going through difficult or painful circumstances, who would you rather speak with– someone who has never experienced what you are dealing with or someone whom God has brought through difficult times and can share the wisdom they gained? Someone who can only offer cliches and sympathy or someone who can speak words of life and truth, encouraging you to hang on to God because He is faithful—and their lives can prove it by their testimony.

 It’s a no brainer.

 When you come up against a wall, go to God and ask Him for help. Cry out to Him for wisdom, insight and grace. Seek Him in the word and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and strengthen you. Sometimes the battles are so intense you need constant help throughout the day just to stay focused and functioning…but it’s ok. He doesn’t mind our repeated requests for help. He knows we can’t make it without Him.

 Trust God to bring you through, whether you are dealing with a rebellious, strung-out child, a failing marriage or facing foreclosure on your home. God has your answer. He is your answer. He will strengthen you and help you. And when He does, then you will be able to turn around and help someone else in a similar situation.

 Blessings and strength for the battle!

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

strength for the battle

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