41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
I wanted to assure we didn’t overlook these verses from yesterday’s devotion. Can you imagine doing this? Can you imagine rejoicing after a spiritual battle. Rejoicing after having family stripped from, your life threatened, or you lose everything you had? Can you imagine being so in love with Christ that you truly cherish the moments that He allows you to suffer for Him. Perhaps an even grander feat for some: can you imagine desiring to talk/learn about God every day?
The awesome thing is we don’t have to just imagine it. God will provide it! We can ask God to provide a heart that desires Him above other things! We can have access to this beautiful perspective. I pray this is desirable to you. I pray, above other things, you desire that deep fulfillment in Christ which can eclipse all other things. I pray we have a heart that burns so hot for God that everything else seems meaningless! You should be praying for God to prune your life, and tenderize your heart. He will do it. There’s such a beautiful opportunity for us to seek a significantly deeper relationship. Let’s pray that our love for God eclipses our desire for comfort.
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God help my desire to be only for You. Help me to count as a blessing those moments which I seem oppressed for Your sake. Help me to overlook any pain or discomfort and focus my eyes on You and Your purpose. Help me to not be overwhelmed by my flesh. Amen.
This is a hard one to relate, but you can easily remind a brother or sister about these truths! Remind someone (not while they are in the battle) that the disciples counted suffering as a blessing. Spur your friends and family to desire that shift in perspective BEFORE a battle. This is not a convenient or easily grasped truth in the midst of struggling… So don’t say this when they are being persecuted… maybe… lol