• Bishop Keith Butler

Suffering is not Permanent

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. (Philippians 1:29)

The Apostle Paul knew a lot about suffering. Some Christians have the idea that they should never experience any attacks, troubles, or issues in life, but this is simply not what the Bible teaches.

Yes, you will have trouble, but the good news is that the end result will always be your victory.

We live on a planet that is strongly influenced by the enemy, and sin is still affecting the systems of this world.

God’s Word tells us that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17); it never says no weapon will ever be formed against you.

God promised that no matter how difficult or strenuous any test or trial is, there is a way of escape that He has already mapped and planned out.

You may be going through a severe trial or struggle right now and ask, “How can I get out of this mess?”

The doorway out is always found through consistent prayer and confession of God’s Word.

Don’t pray to complain or inform God; pray to gain His perspective about what you are facing. Don’t speak negative confessions about what you feel or the frustrations concerning the situations you’re facing. Instead, decide to confess the Word only.

Your confession determines your outcome.

Practical Application – Suffering for Jesus does not mean being sick or impoverished. Jesus died for your healing (1 Peter 2:24), and He became poor so you could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). Still, Christians suffer affliction and persecution in this world. Regardless of what you may be enduring, look to God. He has made a way out of every trial, temptation, and tribulation!

1 Corinthians 10:13; Romans 8:21



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