The Heart Of A Sufferer

It Can Take More Faith Not to Get A Miracle

 

After church yesterday I flipped on Joyce Meyers program and was renewed by something she said, something that I have found true in my life, she reminded us that perhaps the people that got the miracles were not the ones with the most fait, but perhaps it was the ones who struggled and learn to lean on God that had more faith, because it takes more faith to go through suffering than it does to receive a miracle.

Some of the people I admire the most are those that continue to lean on God, as they face the valleys in their lives, blindness, paraylsis, Cancer, Lyme Disease, Kidney Failure, whatever it may be, they are the ones who continue to lean on the Lord, and praise him even in the midst of their weakness.

In 1st Peter 4:1-11 it speaks of the suffering Christ went through, and if Christ suffered in life, what makes us sense that we are not going to suffer:
1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do?living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 
7The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I have faced suffering in my life, and have found that in my suffering I have come closer to Christ, I have learned things I might not have learned had I not been through the battles;

There is a quote from Joni Eacerson Tada that seems to sum my feelings up well

If you had never known physical pain in your life, how could you appreciate the nail scarred hands with which Jesus Christ will meet you?” Joni Eareckson Tada 

Another words we can not fully appreciate the sacrifice of Christ, until we have experienced some pain in our own lives, until we have learned what it means to get an understanding perhaps a glimpse at what Christ went through, or at least some kind of idea, because our pain could in no way shape or form equal to Christ sufferings, because the sins of the world rested on his shoulder.

And we think we have pressure.

Copyright Michelle R Kidwell
July.14.2008

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