This is my vision,… even the vision that will carry me through unto the end: I saw myself clinging to a cross and kissed, kissed and kissed it over and over again. Oh what a blessing to embrace the message it conveys.
Every Christian loves and deeply values the cross of Jesus Christ, but what about the one each of us is called to carry? Do we see all our sufferings as coming only from the devil? Oh yes, Satan is involved, just as when he stirred up Joseph’s brothers to do the evil they did, but God said that while they meant it for evil, He meant it for good. Hear it: HE played a part in it!!! Who was it that instigated the devil to touch Job? It wasn’t the devil’s idea, but God’s as He asked him: “Have you considered Job?: There’s none like Him.”
How many understand why God allows the trials, troubles, heartaches and crushings they’ve been through to come and that are still coming? Brethren, know that we can never make it into the kingdom without them. Yay, it is with MUCH tribulation we’ll enter in! There’s no other way, because without the devil playing his part as the waster who destroys, we would remain just as we are…. Think of it: Job was an honorable and moral man that God bragged on, but no flesh, no matter how good it is, can enter the Kingdom of God. It takes many days and many years of crises one after another, to prepare us for it. We’ve had many enemies, but God said that He raised up Pharaoh to show His power: HE did that, NOT the devil, and He has raised the ones who have come against us for this very purpose.
How we view the negative things in our lives, will make or break us. God’s strength is made perfect in weakness and Paul said that he gloried in his infirmities that the POWER OF CHRIST would rest upon him. In order to have that power, you and I must be like Paul who took PLEASURE in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, and in distresses. How many take pleasure in these things? Is the answer to this why the question was asked in Luke 18: 8: “When He comes, will He find faith?” Oh to be like Job!…. He had a good end, and yours and mine shall be too, if we not only endure until the end, but if we take pleasure in all the tribulations that get us there.
Oh come on people of God: Kiss the cross you’re called to bear! It’s time this world sees the power and glory of God demonstrated through His people who are weak,….