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Bible Study: Suffering With Christ Means Reigning With Christ

Many people don’t like the idea of suffering or carrying their cross in their faith walk. It is easy to praise God when things are going well, but do we rejoice in the rejection of man or the trials that we face? I am not saying God wants us to suffer, but He does want to mold us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.

 

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. (2 Timothy 2:12)

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11)

 

We don’t enjoy the hardships and trials of life, of course, but the Lord reminds us we are not alone, to not give up, to take heart and to know Jesus Christ has overcome the world. In the Lord we are victors and we are daughters of the King who will rule and reign. We must know that certain seasons of testing, like in school, prepare us for future promotions. Let us have a revelation of not disregarding the hard times, for those times are when we can fully rely on God.

 

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

 

Many people of the faith in Biblical times were martyred (killed) for believing and preaching in Jesus as the Messiah. Even today the Bible is banned in certain countries and people can be hated or even beheaded for their faith. There are different levels of suffering—whether it is persecution, poverty, trafficking or abuse, we all have faced suffering to some degree—but there are people who have life-threatening trials. Look at Paul in the Bible, for example, who was abandoned and jailed for the sake of the Gospel, but kept his heart on thankfulness and joy in the Lord.

 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners. (Acts 16:25-26)

 

We may face a hard time or season, but praise God in it regardless, amen? Some people have it much worse than you do. One thing that really moves God is faith, and worship also touches the Lord and is what He seeks. We must not only worship the Lord when things are going well, but in all circumstances, like Job in the Bible, who lost everything but still praised God.

 

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised. (Job 1:21)

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matthew 5:11)

 

PI Girls, how do you handle trials? Do you worship through them or complain? Write down your comments below! We are praying for you! Know that if we do the right thing and are persecuted, we are blessed and God will reward us! Amen!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by e.robbins16 on July 6, 2017 at 05:56

    “Some people have it much worse than you do.” Although this is very true, you don’t know what people are going through and I think this is a very offensive comment to people who are deeply suffering, whether it be from a death of a family member, infidelity, sickness, depression, etc. People are allowed to suffer and we should not minimize their pain just because “someone has it worse than them.” This is not an encouraging comment at all. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but the Bible never tells us that we MUST appreciate our sufferings in anticipation of future growth. It tells us to have faith in God and he will comfort and strengthen us through our suffering. I think those sections of the post had great intentions but were not well thought out and were not helpful for people in deep seasons of grief and hurt. Other than that, I liked the post.

    • ringronies

      Posted by ringronies on July 8, 2017 at 09:40

      “Some people have it much worse than you do.”
      Upon first reading this, it stung my heart, as it seems to have stung yours. I thought along the lines of, “I’m going through a really hard time right now, and the author of this post obviously has no idea how offensive that comment is to me and my situation. It’s minimizing the pain I’m in and the trial I’m walking through.” But right after that I thought, “Wait, I may be in pain, but I’m completely taken care of. I have everything I need, and God is proving Himself faithful over and over and over again despite this difficult season. I have a lot to be grateful for, even in this time.” I believe the intention of the comment in the article was not to minimize someone’s pain, but to show someone that despite the pain, there is likely still something to be grateful for. I think it was an urge towards positivity and faith that God is good despite what may be terrible circumstances.
      As for what you’ve stated about the Bible not telling us to appreciate suffering in anticipation of future growth, there are, believe it or not, at least two sections of verses that address this exact topic:
      “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3, NKJV
      “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4, NKJV

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by sarahconner61 on July 4, 2017 at 12:47

    This is a great read. I praise God no matter what situation I am in..the harder the suffering the bigger the praise…I offer my thanksgiving because I know that my heavenly Father is always here for me. He will never leave me nor forsake me….I know that there isn’t anything that He wouldn’t do if I humbly come to Him… Thank you for your posts…
    God bless…

  3. jbac2641

    Posted by jbac2641 on July 4, 2017 at 11:13

    This is so true. It’s easy to forget and take our focus off of Christ when our circumstances turn bleak and dismal, but like you said, we need to constantly rely on God through the winter storms and keep our hearts meditated on the Lord’s goodness in our lives. By thanking Him and praising Him like Paul and Silas did.

    I wrote a post on how to keep our hearts joyful and thankful in the Lord which you can check out here, and there’s more posts on my blog to check out if you need encouragement and guidance:

    https://jenswalkwithgod.blogspot.com/2017/04/gratitude.html