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The Gift of Suffering 

By Justin Vanriper (@reformed_reloaded) Sept. 27, 2022

Colossians 1:24 “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.”

As we approach the latter quarter of 2022, I think it’s tremendously important we be reminded as the people of God that suffering is, in fact, a joy and a gift for the Christian. Christ promises us that even as the world hated Him, it will hate us also (John 15 18-27). Christ promises that we are counted as sheep
to be slaughtered (Romans 8:36). But – why is this a gift?

Let us consider how a sword is forged. It’s forged in fire, with incredible heat, hammering, and force. It’s a refining fire that, while hot and even violent, it produces a product fit for battle, with sharp edges and an even sharper point, oftentimes even made beautifully and cherished by the wielder.

We as the body of Christ, are much like a weapon forged by fire to fight against the evils of the world. We put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and we take up our sword and head into battle, growing in strength, resolve, and wisdom as we endure persecution, hardships, and suffering.

Let us remember, God has already won the victory on Calvary. Our success is sure, and our salvation is promised. Let us embrace suffering as the sanctifying tool that it is, and praise God in our suffering that we would be considered worthy to suffer for His name (James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5. 1 Peter 4:13).

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Why The "E Tool"?

The "entrenching tool" was used in the first and second world wars to build trenches in the battle field. The space between ally and enemy trenches was referred to as "no man's land", an exposed area of the battlefield where death was all but certain. So many in our culture today exist in this "no man's land," of whom the enemy is seeking to destroy.

When you become a follower of Christ, you become a trench worker. This "E-Tool" weekly newsletter serves as another piece of equipment in the battle for faith, family, and freedom. Keep sharp, remain vigilant, stay dangerous but good!

Freedom Costs 

Brad Pence (@averagejoe_edc)

There is quote that I love made famous by C.S. Lewis, "Freedom always comes at a price". Freedom from what and at what cost is always the question at hand. Freedom is as old as man himself and you guessed it, was invented by God. In the beginning, we were placed in the center of God's perfect creation and given the freedom to choose. Genesis 2:15-17:

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Adam in the garden was given the power of free will, but freedom of choice never equals freedom from consequence, and God made that very clear "If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die'. As we know Adam and Eve eventually abuse this freedom and partake of the fruit. They don't immediately die but are separated from God due to sin and in turn are cast out of the Garden. Freedom is a heavy burden, made weightier when we do not choose wisely. The power of choice cannot be yielded without the equally powerful result of consequence. Freedom without consequence simply can't exist, we all must bear the weight of the decisions we make. Even now, much like in the garden, our freedom comes at a price when we choose sin. The immediate and ultimate consequence of sin is separation from Gods holiness and righteousness. But thankfully our separation does not have to last forever. The same freedom of choice that separates us from God can bring us back into his presence. Romans 6:21-23 :

"What fruit did you have then in the things of which now you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Freedom does have a price, and Christ Paid it. When we choose Christ, our relationship is restored. 
His righteousness and holiness are imputed to us, we are no longer separated by our sin, and we can experience true Freedom the kind of freedom that can only be found in Chrit Jesus. John 8:36: 

'So, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed" 

Amen! 

Why The "E Tool"?

The "entrenching tool" was used in the first and second world wars to build trenches in the battle field. The space between ally and enemy trenches was referred to as "no man's land", an exposed area of the battlefield where death was all but certain. So many in our culture today exist in this "no man's land," of whom the enemy is seeking to destroy.

When you become a follower of Christ, you become a trench worker. This "E-Tool" weekly newsletter serves as another piece of equipment in the battle for faith, family, and freedom. Keep sharp, remain vigilant, stay dangerous but good!