Isa 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
We can benefit with affliction.
This is difficult for us to endure and it is difficult for us to understand, but it is true, nonetheless.
We suffer sometimes, and it is not fun. It is a lonely place, but if we look, we can sense the presence of God who helps us to overcome.
If we partake of God’s divine nature, then we can rejoice when we suffer because that is the time when certain temptations have no power.
As we suffer for Christ we are naturally drawn closer to Him, and we benefit from this.
But even when we don’t suffer we should achieve this closeness, this unity with God that changes our evil desires.
I praise God today for those faithful ones who are suffering and who are comforted by the Holy Spirit, and I pray for them.
What say you about God today?
You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.
Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.
So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!