You shall enhance my greatness, And comfort me on each and every side. ~ Psalm 71:21 (NKJV)
When we are persecuted irrespective of whether in our workplaces or otherwise, our hearts turn to urgent cries and pleas for God’s rescue. As we are in the midst of such suffering and discomfort, we can immediately neglect about God’s goal, grace, hope, comfort and restoration. However the Bible reminds us that He is with us in tribulation and that soon after we endure a tiny whilst, He will restore us (1Peter five:10). This truth we ought to cling to.
I recall a season in my life of intense persecution that lasted 18 months. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that this was a period of spiritual improvement. I discovered that a lot more than spiritual development, spiritual improvement calls for higher resistance, significantly like physique creating in the physical realm. And just as in an intense weightlifting exercise, I anticipated the finish of every strain and every discomfort mainly because what definitely lasted a tiny whilst seemed like an eternity.
As I cried out to the Lord to rescue me each day, my private trainer, the Holy Spirit, encouraged me by means of scriptures, teachings, visions, prophecies and indicators and wonders. In addition to Psalm 71:21, He gave me a further essential scripture, Romans 12:12 which says, “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer” (NASB). He led me to proclaim this verse each day, to pray for understanding and to praise Him sacrificially.
Toward the finish of this developmental journey, the Holy Spirit gave me the understanding that my heart had to be crucified in order for me to enter into a higher level of really like for other folks and for God. He taught me to definitely really like these who persecuted me and to earnestly confess, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34, KJV). He also taught me that Christ Himself suffered higher discomfort, which humbled me and place my situations into viewpoint. In this light of understanding, I was in a position to pick to rejoice in getting participated in the sufferings of Christ (1Peter four:13). And when the journey ended, I knew that I had come closer to the Father in a way that was new to me.
Certainly, the Lord brought me by means of a journey of higher dependence, comfort, patience and endurance (2Corinthians 1:7). He gave me a higher understanding and a higher vision of His viewpoint regarding really like, and He restored my heart. Certainly, His glory was revealed.
If you are becoming persecuted, ask the Lord to reveal His goal to you. Ask Him to fill you with His strength of joy in the midst and allow you to recognize what is taking place so that you could get His complete measure of glory.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God’s Adore at Operate, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God’s greatest energy supply – the really like of Christ. This devotional was adapted from Margaret’s forthcoming book, Enduring Grace. All rights reserved.