Brothers and sisters who are we that we should believe or become convinced that we as God's Spirit led children should be exempt from temptation and suffering. Take this word to heart and ask yourself...what can I learn about God from this passage?
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
We were not chosen to be exempt from the suffering of this age. Christ suffered far more but in relating to his sufferings we get a glimpse of what he went through. With His sufferings and death be paid our sin debt. For if it were not for suffering there would be no glory. For Christs suffering came in the crucifixion and his glory in the resurrection. You cannot have one without the other.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:16-17
Don't be duped by the world in thinking that to live in Christ is to be protected from suffering. To share in Christ’s suffering is to also share in his glory! To live in Christ is to have the HOPE OF ETERNITY!
In His Service,
Follow is the International Wesleyan Youth Conference. This year it is being held in Indianapolis on December 28-31. The Follow conference reminds students across North America that every one of them matters, God is near, they are related to Christ and the Holy Spirit is the ultimate source of inspiration. It motivates students to embark on the journey of finding their purpose in Jesus and living life on mission.
“Why? Why would a denomination invest in a three-day event for the next generation? Why would adult youth leaders and volunteers spend the last week of the year with loud, radical teenagers and act like they enjoy it? Why would anyone want to endure waiting fifteen minutes for an elevator in an overloaded hotel? Trips to the location are long, meal times are rushed, and sleep is righteously coveted. There must be other reasons why many still sacrificially participate in Wesleyan Youth Conventions. Here is what I’ve learned in 26 years as to why Wesleyans attend.
Through his Spirit, God always does amazing things at these events. Sin is forgiven, lives are completely transformed, and marriages of adult volunteers are mended. Hotel employees meet Jesus, bodies are healed, minds are changed, and ministries are re-focused. Regardless of the details involved in conducting an event for 5,000 – 10,000, the one factor I always count on as the best feature of a Wesleyan Youth Convention is that the Holy Spirit always does his work.
There is nothing better in life and ministry than being part of something that is bigger than self. For some, worshiping with thousands of Christ-honoring students and their adult leaders at Follow 2014 will be one of the best church experiences in life.” -Jim Dunn, the executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of the Wesleyan Church