Suffering is Only for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus

Persecution only comes because of the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus. Why? Because those are the only things that the devil is scared of. Those are the only things that are a threat to him. Our wisdom is not a threat. Our excellence is not a threat. Our talent is not a threat. Our media empires are not a threat. Our money is not a threat. 
The only things the devil is scared of are the Word of God, and the Testimony of Jesus. If you turn down the Word of God, and turn off the testimony of Jesus, you are not a threat to the devil at all.
Don’t suffer for your own foolishness. The only things worth suffering for are the Word of God, and the Testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 1

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Gods BLESSING turns SUFFERING into REIGNING not SINNING

God blessed the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then Joseph ended up a slave in Egypt. Then Joseph became the ruler of Egypt. Then all the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob became slaves in Egypt. Then they “exodused” Egypt and were blessed with some of the best land in the best location on earth.

If you really walk in Gods BLESSING you will always turn your SUFFERING into REIGNING. Don’t turn your SUFFERING into SINNING turn your SUFFERING into REIGNING!

INTEGRITY AS AN INVESTMENT

Satan will try to use your woundedness and hurt to get you going his way. But if you keep your INTEGRITY, you can use your suffering to get a double promotion in God’s ways.

How do I turn Suffering into Reigning?

Turning suffering into reigning is not easy by yourself. But with God you can do it easily. When God says it he gives power to do it. “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” (Ecclesiastes 8 )

First forgive, because God forgave you. Then just listen for whatever instruction or act of integrity he tells you to keep. It might not be pain free but it will be powerful.

\in-ˈte-grə-tē\
noun
: the state of being complete or whole

Job 2:9-10
Proverbs 15:4
Job 42:10-12

Avoid Suffering: Store up Wrath

Because we live in a world that has been infected by Satans iniquity, everyone on the planet has to go thru some measure of suffering.

Even those in blessed regions have to suffer in obedience to the Word of God and the Name of Jesus Christ. Show me someone who has cleverly manipulated ways to avoid all suffering, and I’ll show you someone who is storing up the wrath of God. Embrace your Suffering and your Reigning!

Do We Really Believe in Suffering and Reigning

If we really knew that the more we suffered with Christ, the more we reigned with Christ, we would not hesitate to suffer with Him or be embarrassed about it. We might even rejoice about it…

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

2 Timothy 2:12
if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Identifying with Other Suffering Believers

Fellow American Christians, we don’t go thru 1/20th of the suffering that Believers in other countries go thru for their faith.

Hebrews 13
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

The absolute very LEAST we can do is bear the reproach of Christ, take a stand and a message of obedience and holiness.

2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

The Glory of the Cross

Yielding, submitting, obeying and surrendering are just as valuable to God as winning, succeeding, overcoming and conquering is to us. – Thea Hogue