As the Memorial Day passed, I thought about how we as Christians are in God’s army. We are to be solders for Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Like other soldiers, we will have to endure some things in this life that may come against us. Our adversary doesn’t want us to do the service of the Lord, and often throws things at us to try to discourage us. Lately I have had one thing after another come my way. As I sit here at my desk, I realize that it is not what we endure but our focus should be on our service for Jesus Christ. If we look to ourselves we become vain and try to glory in ourselves. We must always remember that we have a service to live for others and quit worrying about ourselves. We should do everything to the glory of God, because he is the one who gives us our abundant grace. Satan wants to take our victory from us, but no one can pluck us out of God’s hands. We are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus out of every nation (Revelation 5:9).
Paul teaches a lot about persecutions, trials and hardships that come, but he said we will have an eternal home in Heaven that we can look forward to. Sometimes when you go through a trial in your life, it helps to know that you are not alone. Jesus Christ suffered on this earth; persecuted, whipped, crucified and killed. Then he was raised up from death the third day, which God promises that he will raise us up into glory too. 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, “….to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” Paul suffered many things such as he was whipped, snake bitten, ship-wrecked, almost drowned, but he endured. He said that though our outward man perish, our inward man is renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Paul said we may be persecuted by not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed; perplexed but not in despair; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body (2 Corinthians 4:9-10). 2 Corinthians 5:1 says, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” If we suffer in this life we should rejoice, because we are partakers of Christ’s sufferings. 1 Peter 4:13 says, “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 John 1:7-But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Revelation 1:5-And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
Isaiah 54:17-No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
James 5:11-Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.