But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. [1 Peter 4:13]
To be beset with trials and temptations because we are numbered among the members of Christ is cause for joy! It is one telltale sign that speaks volumes declaring our union in oneness with the Lord of Lords and our fellowship with His purposes, life, power and sufferings!
We should not claim the one and tease out the other. Indeed, the one automatically guarantees the other…as long as this dispensation remains. For the servant is not above the master in this regard; if they persecuted the Lord…the faithful in Him today will dance to a similar tune. Selah
Therefore we glory in our sufferings for the cause of the kingdom and Lordship of Jesus Christ! We make the distinction in Wisdom…the sufferings He has already borne for us that we should never carry again; and then the glorious sufferings of persecution, trials, temptations, rejections, slander…that we share with Him for our commitment to the glorious gospel of Grace.
O Dear Reader, May His light fill your heart and bring in the flood of understanding to deluge away all deception and devices of darkness. Selah
Let us remain in His Light.
Let us work in His Light.
When the henchmen and elements of darkness make encounter with us, let us stay true and faithful to His Word.
Let us not yield even an iota of conviction to their trials.
Let us endure affliction for His sake, as good stewards of His Grace…as hardened soldiers in His cause…as skillful swordsmen holding high His banners.
For we who partake of His sufferings have the true testimony of His Word… “that when His glory shall be revealed, we may be glad also with exceeding joy”