For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it (Phil. 1:29-30).
That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me (Col. 1:29).
These Scriptures say it all. I am trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and His mighty power that works within [Colossians 1:29].
I am not only trusting Him, but suffering for Him – as others cut off friendships… because I am a Christian.
I am a Christian, so I may get lied to, mocked, or hurt.
In America, I am not persecuted like others in third world countries. I may suffer for Him, but it is in a different way. My suffering… Your suffering… It still counts. It is still worship, as we choose Jesus – even when life does not go our way!
This is what my focus will be, as I think on these Scriptures. I am choosing to worship my Jesus, as I live and suffer for Him! Because He is absolutely worth it! He is our Prince of Peace and Savior, who wants to give us every ounce of strength needed to suffer for Him.
We get the privilege of seeking His face, proclaiming His Gospel – Good News of how He wants to save us, and to suffer for Him. The key is to do it in His strength. We do not need to try and present this gift of handling persecution in our own strength. We need to rely on Christ, our King! That’s where the joy, peace, and treasures are. It is all about Christ and our intimate relationship with Him!
Question of the Day: How can you depend on Christ’s mighty power during life’s adversities?
NKJV: “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.”
NIV: “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”
Memory Verse: Philippians 1:27