Tag: Suffered

A wonderful example of faith in adversity

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, he was being held in a Roman prison, his feet chained to a soldier on either side. The conditions were horrible and Paul suffered great indignities, with no time alone and no freedoms.

Think about it. Here was a man who had been very active, traveling the open road and high seas to meet and fellowship with God’s people. Paul drew his greatest joy from visiting the churches he had established throughout that region of the world. But now he was chained down, literally bound to the hardest, most profane men alive.

Some of the Christians who knew Paul began to murmur that he was bringing disgrace on the gospel because of his situation. But Paul was intent on finding God’s purpose for allowing him to come to this point. Instead of asking, “Why did this happen to me?” he decided to discover what his reaction should be. This servant of God made up his mind: “I can’t change where I am but I know my steps are ordered by the Lord. Therefore, I’m going to magnify Christ and be a testimony while I’m in these chains.”

“Now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20). Paul was in no way resigned or indifferent to his circumstances but he was determined that God’s Word would be validated by his reaction to his affliction. “Knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel … Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice” (1:17-18).

Paul’s attitude is a wonderful demonstration of how we should react to adverse circumstances. It is possible to waste all our tomorrows anxiously waiting to be delivered out of our suffering, but if that becomes our focus, we will miss the miracle and joy of being emancipated in our trial. Paul’s word to the Philippians was, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4). And I say to you, “Rejoice in the Lord always!”

by David Wilkerson

The Messiah Of The Hidden Scrolls

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Most Jewish people don’t believe in Yeshua, Jesus because they’re taught it’s not Jewish to believe in a Messiah who dies for sins. But in recent years, a text in one of the Dead Sea scrolls, kept hidden from the public, came to light. It’s called text “4Q285”. It says of the Messiah, “They will kill the prince of the people.” In other words, it’s Jewish to believe in a Messiah who was killed. The Dead Sea scroll continues, “They will kill the prince of the people with hallal”. Hallal is the same word found in Isaiah 53 where it is written, “He was pierced through for our transgressions.” The word pierced through is hallal. The scroll, hidden in the Judean desert for 2000 years and then from the public for another 40 years, declared that Messiah would be killed in the same manner as the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 – through piercings. Even the Dead Sea Scrolls bear witness to this fact: the Messiah actually did give His life for you, and there is only one way to respond to this fact – live your life for His glory.

Today’s Mission – Live this day in a manner worthy of Him who suffered for your sins and gave His life for your salvation.

by Jonathan Cahn