Bible Study: Suffering With Christ Means Reigning With Christ
Written by Christi Given | July 4, 2017
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!