The Lord's Army - Sunday, November 20th 2016
"Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus."
Some believe that when you become a Christian, all your troubles are over. They think that in some magical way you won't struggle with anything. Friend, that thinking is wrong. In many cases throughout scripture, the Christian walk is seen as a battle. We fight a real enemy. By putting on our spiritual armor, we can endure the hardships. This is part of our life, but there is more to it than simply suffering for sufferings sake. We are children of God, and we get to play a part in destroying the darkness and shining the light.
There is good news in this battle. You see, we are not alone. Our weapons are far greater than anything our enemy has, because ours come straight from God. He is on our side and will be with us every step of the way. Even more than that, Jesus Himself suffered like we suffer. He knew pain. He understood heartache. He endured the battle and can relate to our struggle. With this understanding, He has compassion. With His divine nature, He has all the power of the universe at His disposal. One day, He will declare the ultimate victory but until then, we will endure suffering on His behalf so that more and more people can come to know the Truth of God's love.
Life Lesson: Our Savior and Lord stands ready to defend those who are His own.
Thank You for Your loving hand of grace. While I may endure suffering, I know that I will never be fully crushed under the weight of it. Empower me with Your Spirit and equip me through Your Word so that I can be a soldier fully prepared to fight the good fight for my King. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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