From Daniel's Desk on 1/2/20
My Title: Suffering - The Invitation to Experience the POWER of the LIVING God
My Verse: 12
"12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me."
What is YOUR calling and will you have the stones to answer the call? - Many will not. Many will start and turn away from fear. - You can't have FAITH without first facing FEAR. It's impossible. God's currency is faith. HAVE FAITH, He's not given you a spirit of fear but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL. < Never forget that.
God has always been telling ONE story. The story of Jesus, sent to save sinners. He abolished death and brought life at the cost of Himself. A story of GREAT love. He has planned for YOU to be apart of that story from before it began! A HOLY calling... not because you deserve it in any way but because of HIS OWN PURPOSE and GRACE! NOW, Christ has been made manifest. The promise to send us a Messiah HAS COME and He fulfilled EVERY prophecy required. We CAN HAVE CONFIDENT ASSURANCE in WHOM WE HAVE BELIEVED just as Paul did. If God can hold all of these things together, be convinced that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to you until the day He fulfills His promise to return!
Suffering for the gospel has always been apart of God's plan for those who truly follow Christ. You HAVE to know that. JESUS, His own Son, was subject to the most brutal suffering. Why would we not be called to share in His suffering? There is SO much to learn about your dependency on God from the times that He holds your heart.
"8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the POWER OF GOD." - Don't miss that submitting to God and answering the call He has on your life is going to be an adventure that will require you to endure great danger, fear and suffering (that's the squeeze) to experience great feats of strength, faith and love (that's the juice) that can only be accomplished by the POWER of THE LIVING GOD! (You'll find that when you're walking with the Lord, without exception, the juice is ALWAYS worth the squeeze)
You can't have the story of Moses parting the Red Sea without Pharaoh and the RED SEA. You can't have David and Goliath without Goliath. You can't have Jericho without the mighty walls. You can't have a mighty victory without a mighty adversary and you can't overcome a mighty adversary without an even bigger God. - Ultimately, SIN is our mighty adversary and Jesus is our mighty overcomer. - Let the walk that the Lord has called you to show off faith and watch Him use that to flex His muscles and bring glory to Himself. You'll get to experience the LIVING GOD move in you and through you to call others to Himself. The suffering is just the opportunity provider. Press into that with a spirit of power, love and self control.
"1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus," - STOP and think about that for a minute. - What a way to start a letter!
PRAY for the ones you do REAL life with. Ministry life. You will need to encourage and be encouraged by them!
Faith is more often caught than taught. Your faith actions will stand as testimony and encouragement to other believers.
"Fan into flame the gift OF GOD, which is in you through the laying on of my hands." < How are your PURSUING, molding, crafting the gift that God GAVE you?
God did NOT give us a spirit of fear but of POWER and LOVE and SELF-CONTROL.
Do NOT be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. - SHARE IN SUFFERING FOR THE GOSPEL BY THE POWER OF GOD.
Suffering for the gospel means you will experience the power of God!
The God who saved us and called us to a holy calling. (Not because of our work but BECAUSE of HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE.)
Do you KNOW WHOM you've believed? Do your actions say the same? - Are you SURE in your calling? Do you KNOW the GIFT that you've been given? Are you pursuing God's voice and hand in your life? Your life isn't long enough to let these answers go unanswered!