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This  is by Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Suffering

While suffering is no fun from our point of view, here is what God has to say about it in Scripture: "For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake" (Philippians 1:29).

"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then co-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:15-18).

There is a joy in suffering that most of us know little or nothing about. Since we live in a very pleasure-oriented society, most of us merely adapt and live for the moment.

God, however, is asking us to look at what you might call “the big picture” for pleasure can be fleeting, but joy is a prolonged sense of well-being that will LAST. Pleasure is dependent on circumstances, but joy challenges the same set of circumstances by offering praise to God in the midst of them. A life lived for pleasure lives for self, where joy comes from a life lived in and for loving others.

As a man blind from birth and as someone whose wife recently died, the sufferings that I face for Christ remind me of the unfathomable suffering that He went through on my behalf. I need to remind myself that when I go through suffering, it is just a drop in the bucket so to speak, compared to the joy that God has planned for me.

So today, God is asking you to look at things from a new perspective and see how Christ can become more real to you through this suffering, and how you can obtain lasting joy as you seek to honor Him in everything that you go through for his sake. You are very special and no one can do things in the same way that you can, so please live like it.

Pastor Timothy

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Chaplain Timothy on the telephone each week on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 623-692-6472.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick
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Friday Study Ministries
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