While he was in prison, Paul wrote about how he perceived gain and loss: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Philippians 3:7-9
How do you face tomorrow knowing you might lose your job or house?
How do you face tomorrow after the loss of a loved one through rebellion, death or divorce?
How do you face tomorrow enduring victory or defeat?
How you face victory and defeat can be an indication of your heart. Victory often breeds arrogance, pride and selfish ambition, whereas loss often breeds depression, withdrawal and defeat.
Because HE lives I can face tomorrow. Because HE lives all fear is gone.
Hope for tomorrow is fulfilled through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no fear of death. Christ overcame death and has given everlasting life “now” to you.
How did Joseph face tomorrow knowing his brothers tried to kill him and sold him into slavery? How did Joseph face going to prison for something he did not do? How did David face knowing King Saul wanted to kill him? How did Job face tomorrow with the news that all his children had been killed and that his wealth was gone?
The Crown of Life comes to you as you persevere through the circumstances and allow God to mold and shape you into HIS intended purpose. Change is more difficult when everything is going well. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1: 2-4
The desert and wilderness experience is used as a period of time to test your heart. Can God trust you with HIS true riches? Will you be found faithful over the little things?
Paul counted everything (stuff and possessions) as garbage or rubbish compared to knowing Christ Jesus. The loss you might be experiencing may be the exact prescription to draw you closer with God. Have you been running away from God or toward God? The prodigal son had to get to the bottom of brokenness to return home. How far do you need to go down to recognize that God is loves you. God is in the business of restoration.
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