Sharing in His Sufferings 4
Sharing in His Sufferings 4
And saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:40—NIV)
Satan was continually seeking to call Christ down from His high place in God. People will accuse you of all sorts of things and seek to call you down from your high place in God. Continue peaceably on your way. No weapon that is formed against you will be successful. Trust in God.
We have been called to walk in the resurrection power of Christ and to share in His sufferings. Only by so doing can we attain the first resurrection, the resurrection of the royal priesthood, the resurrection and ascension that will take place when the Lord appears from Heaven with His holy angels.
Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:10—NIV)
As I said, we do not become a guilt offering. But the other aspects of this verse are true of each member of the Body of Christ, each person destined to appear with Him and rule with Him in His glory.
The Lord will crush us until our natural strength is greatly weakened.
The Lord will cause us to suffer. There is too much rebuking of the devil among American Christians. Our problem is not the devil, it is Jesus Christ. When we please Christ, He will take care of the devil. It is God who is causing us to suffer even though God may use Satan as an instrument, just as Christ did in the case of the Apostle Paul.
Please Christ and let Him take care of the devil!
Who do you think you are—God's conquering hero? Let God bring you down into the dust so He may raise you and use you according to His desires. He is not your servant. You are His servant!
If we are willing to let the Lord crush us, then the will of the Lord shall prosper in our hand. We shall see the children who will be brought forth because we were faithful to God. If we give our best to God, God will give His best to us. You can count on this!
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11—NIV)
God may call on you to labor for many years with apparently meager results. All that matters is faithfulness. Let others brag about their great success in the Kingdom. Know that God is not impressed with great success, as measured by the opinions of people. God honors one virtue above all, and that is faithfulness. Be utterly faithful to that to which God has called you, and you will be part of the appearing of Christ.
God is looking for faithful people to follow Him whose very name is Faithful!
If you are faithful to God, you can be certain one day you will come forth into the light. Then you will be satisfied when you see what God has done through your faithful obedience.
To be continued. 2 Sharing in His Sufferings 5