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Perfect Through Suffering

Philemon; Hebrews 1-4

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering…he had to be made like his brothers in every way…he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:10, 17, 18

Temptation is a form of suffering. The enemy of our soul has been given freedom to tempt the followers of Jesus much like the Lord Jesus himself was tempted in the wilderness – with significance, with self-sufficiency, and with self-centeredness/power/narcissism. We are faced with temptation so that we will not rely on our self, but on the grace, mercy, and Word of God. He helps us in our tests and temptations because he both understands us and loves us. We are being transformed through suffering to become more like Jesus. We repent of our pride, stubbornness, and independence and choose to depend on Jesus. It is this pathway of suffering, brokenness, and dependency which is the pathway to glory. We are being transformed from glory to glory as Christ increases in our life and we decrease.

“Jesus, thank you that you understand and help me in temptation and suffering. You are perfecting your grace in my weakness, for your glory.”

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“We were in such a low place through August and September. We still face many of the same challenges: illness, dangerous levels of pollution, and the never-ending uncertainty of our status here. However, God has poured out his Spirit in such a deep way that we feel his refreshing springs and his presence ever with us, even as we walk through the valleys.”

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. – Psalm 84:5-6

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