Suffering to Win Christ
By: Rick L. King
August 18, 2011
This story I am sure some can relate too, yet many I feel would have no idea.
I have known the Lord for over 30 years. He has taken me through many experiences that have caused me to have to die to me. Anyone relate? Well, two and half years ago as I was driving the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said ďBelieve me for a new vehicleĒ. I thought, why do I need a new vehicle, as this one is fine. Little did I know that one week later my vehicle was to give up the ghost. It blew a head gasket and water and antifreeze was hitting the exhaust manifold as I drove leaving behind me a major cloud. It was so bad I got pulled over by the state police and was told they could not even figure out what was doing this, as they couldnít see the car. Godís grace must have kicked in, as I didnít get a ticket though I am sure I could have. Anyway, that was two and one half years ago. I still do not have another vehicle, yet.
I have gone through having to learn to be content as Paul said with or without. It has seemed to me has been more without than with. I have lived on a total of $100.00 a month for several years so I could not do many things. It really can be done if you are trusting the Lord with everything. I decided since I was 62 to retire from the work scene as my body just didnít want to be as agreeable as it use to with the things that I liked to do. I thought well now I will have an income. What a new concept; money to spend. My first thought was I was going to buy a car. I missed going out different places with that freedom. I found one I liked but ran into a major snag. I have no credit. As I have not purchased anything on credit for over 15 years. Well much to my surprise, I could not get financed anywhere. This was a tough one for me to handle as I had it all planned out. (Sound familiar to anyone?) I found myself really devastated and wondering why I can never have things work out. Others can get a car, and the things that they want. Why not me? I asked the Lord if I had done something that made Him mad at me. I was beginning to feel like a leper to God and couldnít understand as to why. After two days of deep crying and heartfelt searching this scripture came to me.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Paul said that he suffered the loss of all things that He might win Christ. Now this is not the scripture that we would think normally to find peace. Yet, it brought to me peace. I now knew the reason that I had not been allowed to have many things. Of course my flesh was never real happy by not getting the things it wanted, but I was forced to learn contentment in whatever state that I was in. I learned that we do suffer deeply at times though we donít understand God has a higher purpose. The word suffer is a very accurate word also as I understand the pain and hurt of feeling rejected by God and no matter what I prayed, did or said, nothing would change for me. So though it has been a tough road, it has all been for my good. I can be at peace with or without.
As far as the car goes, I had to lay it down. Two friends have told me that they believed that God had something better for me than I had considered. He does say that he would do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think according to the power that works within us. I also had an impression about a week ago that God was saying that he was going to do a miracle. Well for me to have the vehicle I want, it will take a miracle. Somehow I believe that the Lord is going to supply me with a $15000.00 vehicle. How and when I donít have a clue. I have had prophetic words over that it was His will for me to have a vehicle. So I am the perfect candidate for a miracle. I can't do it. He must if it is to take place. So all I can say is, I am trusting the Lord to do what He has said. It is all up to Him. I do hope that if for no other reason, that He does do a miracle, as I will get to tell others of Godís miracle working power that He did just for me. So stay tuned.
Do we really want to suffer? I donít, yet if it causes me to win Christ, then so be it. I think of the following scripture as a final thought.
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
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Hi Rick - This is a rich meaningful piece. Yes, we do get weary but praise GOD that His Word says that we are to come to Him all that are weary and He will give us rest. That is what you did and He faithfully met you, dear brother. You expressed, "I do hope that if for no other reason, that He does do a miracle, as I will get to tell others of God‚Äôs miracle working power that He did just for me." Amen, Rick! Glory hallelujah that to WIN CHRIST TRUMPS ALL ELSE! He is so absolutely worth it. Note: You may be inclined to read the most recent post on my blog, LIONS SHARE MAJESTY at www.lioneaglesoar.blogspot.com. The topic title is "APPOINTED TO EXERCISE WITH GOD AS OUR PERSONAL TRAINER." My prayer is for peace in abundance to you, Rick, and spiritual richness beyond your comprehension, dear man of GOD!