after the sufferingNo person really looks forward or prays for suffering to come their way, nevertheless it’s a part of life. Worthy characters are developed more after the suffering than without. It has been known throughout history that people who go through great suffering without giving up or caving in always in many cases leave memorable legacies behind. In order to have proper perspective touching suffering, lets briefly discuss our attitude, response and action during suffering and the resulting benefits.

No person really looks forward or prays for suffering to come their way, nevertheless it’s a part of life. Worthy characters are developed more after the suffering than without. It has been known throughout history that people who go through great suffering without giving up or caving in always in many cases leave memorable legacies behind. In order to have proper perspective touching suffering, lets briefly discuss our attitude, response and action during suffering and the resulting benefits.

We read in the scriptures, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29, KJV). As a committed Christian, be prepared in your mind that you may be faced with suffering, but remember that the Lord suffered for you first. Never let suffering, whatever it is to steal the joy and hope of your salvation.

The pages of history are filled with record of people who endured great suffering for a particularly cause and some as outright wickedness of others. One such living legend in our day worthy of mention is the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. After so many years in prison, followed with torture, humiliation in isolation, he braved it all and brought down the spirit and wickedness of apartheid.

The world watched with total dismay when he came out of prison unflinched in his stand and principles. He wouldn’t compromise even unto his death until the institution of apartheid was destroyed. Are your values, beliefs and principles worthy to suffer for? When you’re tried at the firing squad of persecution for your faith in Christ, do you have the backbone to stand?

Five Powerful Steps During Suffering.

1. Humility in Prayer.

Humility precedes honor and after the suffering, there’s promotion and experience. There is a need to humble yourself in season of prayer if you’re faced with a prolong suffering. Prayer will provide the power and internal strength to emerge victorious out of your suffering.

2. Cast all the issues and problems to the Lord.

Don’t weigh down yourself with grieving in your suffering; turn them over in faith into the hands of Jesus Christ, the burden bearer. It’s written, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Genesis 55:22, KJV). After the suffering in most cases, you’ll come to know that the Lord is faithful.

3. Be in quite spirit and watch out with carefulness.

The Lord never cease to speak to his children, the problem is that sometimes anxiety take over our spirit and we lost the ability to hear. Learn to be still as hard as that may seem and you’ll be surprised to hear the comforting voice of the Holy Ghost.

4. Recognize that the devil is always alert.

Satan stands to try gaining advantage in our time of suffering. He will put all sorts of ideas into our mind to manipulate the situation. Be diligent in your watchfulness.

5. Resist Satan in faith without giving up an inch.

The Bible informs us to be in offensive against Satan and he will take to his heels. What had been your attitude or response in suffering? Did you feel rejected, blamed God or act like nobody understood or cared? How about after the suffering, what lessons were learned? You’ve no reason to faint during the suffering; the Lord will make a way of escape. Remember that you’re kept by the power of God through faith. See 1 Peter 1: 5-7

After the suffering, in most cases, there’s character improvement, there’s perfection, stability and settlement. The Lord has made provisions to sustain us in all our sufferings; we must therefore rest upon his promises.

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