The Christian is empowered to keep his joy through trials because he dwells in Jesus Christ - the Word of God brought to life in him by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian vacates all to inhabit Truth.
He [or she] understands that afflictions work for him [or her]. He understands that his destiny is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ so that he can share in the reign of Christ. That reign begins NOW in the Christian's very own soul (his mind, will, and emotions) and this supreme control, this reign, subsequently extends throughout the Christian's entire being in the earth.
His capacity to patiently endure each trial comes directly from God. He allows the sufferings to teach him to rely upon God for practical strength, wisdom, and guidance. As the Christian gains mastery in the ability to maintain utter reliance upon God for these invaluable qualities, his character is refined so that he may receive and steward his inheritance which includes a share in the present reign of Christ (not to take anything away from the future, more glorious, reign of our Messiah).
Again I say these lessons are not only for some distant time that comes after we leave our earthly bodies. No, Christ is revealed through His followers NOW as we are conformed into His likeness. Furthermore, He delights to elevate His children into perpetual authority - beginning now - so that we can, together, repossess and steward the planet as one Body; this is our duty.
Each one of us has an allotted “territory” in the earth that is designed for us to govern in the Name of Jesus. Think of it as a ring that fits just right. Tragically most Christians never attain to the character required to wear the government, or ring, that Jesus died to give them. The ring is often too big for them and they are not able to hold on to the largeness of what God has done; that is, what He desires to give them.
Consider the fiery plight of Joseph in Genesis 37 through 41. He’s one Biblical example of a man who did walk in the government for which he had been ordained. Afflictions, trials, testings, unfair treatment and then, suddenly, in Genesis 41:42 he is fit for, and receives, a ring from God (albeit, through Pharaoh). Assuredly, Joseph was quite fond of the ring, the alignment, which was tailor made just for him. Through his dreams he knew he was meant to be there, and it was through his sufferings that he had been prepared for the fit.
That passage of Scripture is a typology pointing to Christ, as our lives should.
Our actions point to Jesus [in this context] when we trust God the Father for justice and reverently endure treatment that seems unfair. The process itself works to engrave God’s Name upon us; the process gives light to the world. We understand that resisting the trial works to rob the earth of God’s glory, thereby sending others to hell, so we submit to God and believe that it’s only a matter of time before we are thrust into destiny.
Mark 10:44-45, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
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