Friday, June 11, 2010

Daily devotional: Believe and suffer

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him...
Philippians 1:29 NIV

Christian life is not supposed to be lived in a wall of protection without hardship. The evil one is here to thwart the gospel and make us ineffective. It is hard to understand or want to suffer, even for Christ, but when we do, we are blessed. It develops perseverance (James 1:3-4), our character, and our reliance on God. It builds a reward in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12).

Do not let the evil one discourage me or inactivate my life for Christ. Don't be salt that has lost its saltiness (Matthew 5:13)! Shine for Christ, and rejoice to be counted worthy of suffering for Him when trials come.

Heavenly Father, please grant me strength and perspective. Help me to follow You completely and not shy away from suffering. Please show me when I am choosing the wrong route in attempt to avoid suffering for You. Help me to be a blessing adn encouragement to everyone. Please grow me and lead me to be the man of God You desire me to be. I worship You, submit to You, and love You!

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