no joke

February 16, 2016

christ on cross

Some deliverance teachers say that many of our problems and trials can be dealt with simply by rebuking Satan, and then these trials will be removed instantly from a believer’s life. This idea is very appealing to many modern Christians who have grown up in a society where we don’t have to wait very long for anything. However, this is not the way God normally works. In the first place, many of our problems stem from the flesh. Therefore, God wants us to learn how to resist sin in our lives through the often-painful process of learning to trust Him to overcome these problems.

The modern appeal of instant relief from our trials does not lend itself to the development of patience in our trials. It is the lessons learned from “remaining under” the pressure of a given situation which produce Christ like character in our lives. This is what Paul means in Romans 5:3–4 when he tells us that “we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.”

If you waded through all the word studies about suffering and all the Greek words you hopefully remember the words “remain and under.” The key to overcoming suffering and having a victorious Christian life is to voluntarily “remain under pressure and endure suffering.”

You can’t learn a lesson if you walk out of a class early, nor can you grow spiritually if all your efforts are on instant relief. The suffering servant is the only model God gives us for winning the prize eternally. You can walk into heaven barely saved, smelling like smoke or you can arrive and hear “well done good and faithful servant.”

Your choice.

God bless from


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