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That I May Know Him in Power and in Suffering

that i may know him

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” Philippians 3:10.

The spiritually mature apostle Paul said, “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection[ which it exerts over the believer], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness]”. Paul understood to know Christ more deeply, and to be transformed into Christ likeness, He must be willing, through the Holy Spirit, to have an intimate spiritual connection with Jesus Christ during seasons of experiencing God’s glorious power, and during seasons of experiencing His suffering.

We all shout “hallelujah” with the thought of experiencing God’s resurrection power! When we feel His glorious presence- when we experience His powerful healing- when we walk in joyous faith- when with the voice of triumph, we shout praises unto God- when He faithfully brings us through trying times- when prayers are answered-and when His love reigns and pushes fear out of our lives. During these victorious times we experience the power of His resurrection, and feel we know God, we know He is with us, and we understand He is close and part of our joyous reality.

On the other hand, knowing and fellowshipping with Christ during times of suffering does not sound so inviting to our natural man. Yet, there will be seasons of suffering that will come to all of us that live on fallen planet earth. Paul said that during times of suffering it is God’s desire to come close, feel the pain with us, and do a transforming miracle of grace, by giving our hearts a settled place of peace and rest, even in the midst of the hard. He wants to fellowship with us during times of suffering. He desires we learn about this kind of fellowship, so in turn, He may also use us to fellowship in the sufferings of those who are hurting, broken and defeated, and not be afraid. God’s love will reign!

Yet when suffering comes personally or to others we care about, we have the tendency to run away from the feelings that make us feel vulnerable or out of control. Without realizing what we are doing, many times we cover fear with anger or hurt with self-pity which keeps us from seeing what is really in our hearts. This melee will hinder us spiritually and emotionally from moving forward. It is important that during suffering or confusion we don’t run away from God. We must run to Him with our whole heart and with all our discombobulated raw emotions – allowing Him to come close and feel them with us. Through this connection, God’s amazing grace will be worked into our hearts and minds, creating a settling rest in our souls. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, and will help us grow in faith and in intimacy with Christ.

Paul said, “I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward”. Let us keep pressing forward in the power of his resurrection and in the fellowship of  his suffering, as the Holy Spirit  matures and transforms into His likeness.

 

 

 

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