Five Ways Suffering Brings Life by Ron Cantor
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 3:10. Here Paul is in prison, yet instead of asking God to rescue him from prison he says:
I want to know Messiah―yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
Most people read the first part of that verse and stop. But consider this, in order to receive resurrection power, you must first die. No one has ever been raised from the dead who wasn’t first dead! We embrace this death—entering into His sufferings—by suffering for the Gospel.
Here are five spiritual benefits of suffering:
[if !supportLists]1. [endif]With Suffering Comes Intimacy
There is a level of intimacy with Yeshua that can only be attained through suffering. Paul equates knowing the Messiah with participating in His suffering.
[if !supportLists]2. [endif]Yeshua Invites us to Suffer with Him
I went through a particularly painful situation many years ago. It was so difficult, I thought I was finished in ministry. I knew I could defend myself in that situation, and many encouraged me to do so. But Yeshua’s word to me was, “I am inviting you to die with me.” The minute I said yes, peace entered my soul, and I knew he would vindicate me. And he did within just a few months. I would have short-circuited His intervention had I defended myself.