Philippians 3: 7-11
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count ALL THINGS loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish (dung or manure) that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ the righteousness which is from God by faith, that I may KNOW HIM, and the POWER of HIS resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death if, by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
And in verse 17, Paul says, “Brethren, JOIN in following my example…..”
Again, in Philippians 1:29, Paul said, “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, BUT ALSO TO SUFFER for His sake.”
Paul also state in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Another Paul, Paul Tripp of this generation stated, “If God intended for all the days of your life to be easy, they would be! No, in grace, He intends for your days to be His tools of refinement.
The points are these:
- Knowing Christ is more important than anything else in this world.
- Not trying to life up to laws and rules and righteousness of your own, but trusting totally in His righteousness which comes to us through Christ and the gift of Faith.
- Also, that we will experience and be aware of not only the truth but aware of the Power of Christ and His resurrection.
- Also Paul wanted us to join with Him in realizing that IN CHRIST we are actually and have actually dead to the law, dead to the world system, dead to our own selfish desires and sin, and alive with Him right now!
- In all of this we are called to joyfully enter into not only faith and trust in Christ alone, but to also enter into Suffering for Him in this life on planet earth.
Today, we are suffering to some degree as the Covid-19 virus has made us home-bound, perhaps out of work, or in danger from the type of work we are engaged in, and also, faced with other possibilities that may come which will bring even more pain and suffering due to the economic matters and the stresses of life that comes with all of this. God KNOW all of this, His presence is with us In all of this, His eye is on us all of the time, and these trials and tribulations (which may get worse), are designed to test our faith and trust in Him alone and find Divine Contentment in whatever state we are in we find Him all satisfying and producing peace and hope and joy through it all. He is at the end of it all! And He is with us IN the midst of it all! He is the Author and Finisher (Perfecter) of our faith! We will not be disappointed for HE keeps His promises to us.
So, whether we live or die we are His and we are With Him and He is with us! The Future is great because I know so, I read the last chapter of His metanarrative and HE wins and HIS people are on the winning side with Him! So go out and dance, rejoice, praise God, enjoy life and live for HIM today!
Amen! Selah! Maranatha!
Since I wrote this article much has taken place across the United States that has flowed out from the Judgement of God upon us through Covid-19. God is in control of ALL things the word of God states. He has a purpose and plan as HE uses the Covid-19 Virus.
What has happened next has been the uprising of a large segment of our population spurred on by the death of a Criminal apprehended by the Police. A Policeman trying to subdue an illegal drug intoxicated man, who had heart trouble, and was being difficult, after forging a check in order to purchase something at a business. The policemen had the man on the ground face down and the policeman’s knee was on the neck and back/shoulder area for quite some time. The man spoke and said he could not breathe, but the policemen did not remove his knee. The man was taken to the hospital but died at the hospital.
The man was a black person, and riots, marches, violence, killings, burning of business locations and police vehicles, and much chaos and confusion took place in major cities across the nation. Several radical and terroristic acting groups such as BLM, Antifa, and others got involved inciting things to get out of control, along with the Media outlets on television also inciting things by their rhetoric and criticism.
SIN ALWAYS BRINGS MORE SIN! We know what sinful fruit looks like, and we know what God says made it happen in the beginning at the Garden of Eden. But we do not know what it really is. We can wrap our minds around the concept of Satan and Demons being sinful evil beings, but we still do not know what Sin actually is but we know IT is in every human being from conception. It is like this invisible virus Covid-19.
We see its results but we don’t see it!!! However medical science can see it through microscopes and identify it. One can never put sin under a microsoft and see it! It is just not visible but packs a punch that kills and destroys human beings day after day! The graveyard is full of SINNERS bodies, and even Saints bodies. That is one effect of sin- physical death, but it also brings spiritual death.
The strange and mysterious monster also resides in a human beings body. The body of a man is not sin nor does it create sin. Sin resides in the body of every living person. Even after salvation, (redemption and forgiveness of sin(s) it still remains in the body. What is also strange and mysterious is that our bodies have now living in them, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost!
Also abiding is the new born regenerated, new creation called a saint, or a child of God, or a born again person. His or her soul and spirit and new divine nature that has the mind of Christ dwells there also. These things are awesome. We can’t get our brain around this! These are things that we know exist but that is about as for as we can go. Sin operates in that it works to produce sinful fruit in the life of the believer or lost person.
The Sin cannot invade the New Born child of God’s soul and spirit and heart, but it can send signals to the mind and soul to desire it to function in producing acts which are evil. This is the struggle we have as the temptations comes and the Holy Spirit and our spirit and soul fight against such sometimes failing and sometimes victory. God said, however we have all of the necessary precious promises and tools to live this righteous life in this body if we would only exercise faith and follow Jesus.