Shame shall not become your friend in Jesus’ name.
As Christians, we are to bear fruits of the Spirit as we get rooted and built up in Christ. One of the fruits of the Spirit highlighted in Galatians 5 is Longsuffering. What does this word mean? It means the capability to suffer for long.
Many Christian’s dont like this word or this fruit of the Spirit? Some will even say ‘I reject it in the name of Jesus. Or suffering is not my portion’.
It’s good to reject suffering. Ultimately, it’s not the will of God for us but partially it is the will of God for us.
We are expected to suffer for His name sake.
We are expected to suffer for God.
We are expected to suffer for Christ.
“FOR ONTO YOU IT IS GIVEN ON BEHALF OF CHRIST, NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE ON HIM BUT TO SUFFER FOR HIM – PHILLIPIANS 1:29.
Suffering could mean physical or mental pain, stress or discomfort that a person feels.
If we truly follow God through Jesus Christ, we will go through some pains and discomforts.
Some missionaries suffer hunger and sickness far away from home to preach the gospel.
Some suffer abuse, rejection, hunger, shame to advance the gospel.
Some are beaten, jailed and killed standing for Jesus.
Some leave comfortable homes, careers or go hungry by fasting and praying often so the will of God may be done.
We won’t suffer or sacrifice at the same level. But we are expected to do it at some levels.
Life is not always about comforts and luxuries. It is not all about ‘take it’ ‘receive it’ be great’…these cliches are not very real.
If you truly obey God through Jesus Christ, there may be suffering, challenges and discomfort but it shall end in glory here and in heaven.
But rather suffer for God than for worldly pleasure, sin and satan. The end of such route is full of regrets.
“After you have suffered a little, the God of all Grace, who has called you to His eternal glory, will restore, settle, strengthen and establish you” 1 Peter 5:10
PROPHET FEMI OSHIN
WALL OF FIRE MINISTRY