Living for self is easy. Dying to self is a classroom I seem to spend all my time in.
Another lesson this morning from 1 Peter 4:1-2.
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourself likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."
The hard discipline, tougher than rolling out of bed to pray, is to number our griefs as grace.
Grief is used by God to cut into
our ungrateful heart to make us whole.
Suffering is a means of obedience. When we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, we sin less.
The reason trials are "much more precious than gold that perishes" is because trials, when responded to properly, cause sin to lose its power over our lives and leads us to focus on the truly important things in life - the Eternal perspective.
Are you suffering today; physically, financially, spiritually, socially, mentally, relational? Allow your suffering to humble you and lead you to obey Him more than you ever have. Don't let the world define suffering for you.
According to God, suffering is a deep blessing if it produces humility and obedience.
"Lord of Life, cause us to know and believe, right in the midst of hard things, that you are patiently transforming all the notes in our life to the song of Your Son." Amen
Are you in the midst of a trial? Do you suffer silently? Then you have the power of prayer instantly. Prayer will change your life! Remember that God is never wrong and never late. Prayer releases anxiety.
Getting God each day is never the issue. God does business with those who mean business.
From the Heart of Deborah Choma
The Open Doors Institute
Corporate Trainer | Conference Speaker