Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3 AMPC
Persecution is part of the package of being a child of God. The Bible calls it “ evil day”. No child of God is exempted from it. The Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul wants Timothy to know that the day of affliction will come but the emphasis was not on the affliction but on the word “ endure”. Many have given up or withdraw their commitment to God because they could not endure. Endurance is a fruit of the Spirit. That word means keep existing or last in the midst of your challenges.
This a great key in spiritual warfare. If we learn to endure in affliction and refuse to quit and keep holding fast to God’s promises for our lives. It’s just a matter of time we will weary the devil and he will flee from us.
That’s why the Bible says “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.]” Hebrews 12:2 AMPC
Our key to endurance is to focus on the finished work of the cross on our behalf. The finished works are the joy that is set before us. So instead of focusing on the hardship God wants us to focus on the fruits produce in the hardship and God’s delivering power in the process and also rejoice and celebrate the name of Jesus Christ.
Hence, the Bible says:
Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 AMPC
The Lord did not asked us to figure out things how we will come out of afflictions but He wants us to praise ,thank and worship Him because He promised us deliverance.
Thus wise, we are commanded to rejoice and give thanks to God for everything in Jesus name.
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 AMPC
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father I thank You for my deliverance and full restoration in Jesus name. Amen.