Rejoicing in Suffering. What? How?

It has been a couple of weeks I am crying to God to fill my heart with His presence, to teach me His word, to quench my thirst of Him, to give me the strength I need to start my day.

I woke up this morning, grabbed my cupof coffee (thanks to my hubby for getting the Keurig machine!) and I sat with my Bible open on the dining table. 

I read 1 Peter 4:12-19. A lesson about suffering. I’ve read the book of Peter few times, but this morning, a lesson about suffering totaly struck my mind that every disciple of Christ is called to rejoice in the sufferings. What? How? 

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:14)

That’s the answer. The Spirit of God who rests upon us, Christ’s disciples, is the One who will help us, strengthen us, give us the grace and power we need to go through the suffering in Christ. 

Christ had suffered the same thing we are suffering now when He was living on this earth among His creations. They mocked Him for His obedience to God, they cursed Him for the truth He spoken, they even killed Him just because they wanted their own righteousness. Now He is crowned as the King of kings and sit on the thrown and be with God. 

The same Spirit of God who be with Jesus and raised Him from death, is now rest upon us. I want that! I wanna be filled by the Holy Spirit to live my life, to take every step, to breath every breath, to obey God and to love Him. I need The Holy Spirit to call out to my God, “Abba Father.”

My pray this morning that the Holy Spirit will help us and give us the power and grace to keep worshiping God in the midst of suffering. 

This morning, these two songs keep singing in my heart and mind. I hope and pray you will find his grace as you enter His presence, find His promises for you when you listen to His word, be refreshed and find the strength you need to live and glorify God’s name in Jesus Christ.

First song is:
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
By Matt Redman

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
[Chorus x2]
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your Holy name

The second song is:
Your Name
By Paul Baloche

As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart and glorify Your Name

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
‘Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name

Jesus, in Your Name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord, give us strength to live for You and glorify Your Name

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