Summary: In this life that we encounter problems. Whether we prevail as champions or merely give up in the ship in the midst of the storm says a lot about our walk with God and how responsive we are to his voice.
The first question we may ask is “Why Problems?” Now that I am a born again believer, it should be smooth sailing. I have the Word of God that says, no weapon formed against me shall prosper…I have 10,000 angels…if I have this why the bills? Why is my home life in a mess? Why are my children rebellious?
When the problems come, have the answer to them in the Word of God. You must make a decision that you will outlast the troubles in your life by applying the Word of God. The devil is a liar. You have authority over him and he will deceive you that you will drown in your problems.
Turn to Phil. 3:9,10 and let’s read together:
Let’s examine the verses we just read. In verse 10, we read “conformable to his death”.
Death – separation from
You will have problems if you don’t understand death. If you are still tampering with lust, you will have problems with lust. You must separate from lust so death can occur.
In verse 10, we also read “the fellowship of his sufferings”.
Suffer – to be made to bear, uphold, endure, hold up under, or outlast
You can be made to bear the things the devil throws at you.
I am to outlast whatever the devil throws.
Many times, we use to be taught that to suffer meant that I will be put down or beat down or defeated.
Suffer means that I am able to outlast the present situations or conditions in my life without being smashed. The devil wants to smash you.
Suffer means that I will suffer to win not to lose.
I will outlast to win! I am more than a conqueror.
The scripture in Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Chris which strengtheneth me”.
What do you think Christ strengthens you for? So you can outlast, be made to bear. If you are an overcomer, you must learn to overcome.
Fellowship means to partake of
Fellowship is a two-way relationship; it is not complete until there is a two-way relationship. For example, to fellowship you must have a two-way discussion not a one way otherwise it is not fellowship.
Fellowship means I plant in you, you plant in me. I should know you and you should know me. Because you have given me a part of you and I have given you a part of me.
Now that we are born again, we will partake or fellowship in everything that Jesus went through. His part was to be mocked, spit upon, beat up, cross placed on His back, suffocated on the cross, made sin for us, and go to hell for us. On the third day, He got up and His part was over and he said in Luke 10:19 – ”Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
The problems comes here: Where is the victory? Victory is in the Word of God. Well, is that so?
Jesus got victory over persecution through acting upon the Word of God which is faith. Faith is the victory!! Say it again, Faith is the victory!
Our job is to maintain the word through acting upon it – the Word of God says, “The just shall live by faith”.
Do you think the devil will sit back and let you live the Word? Satan comes with problems to get you to move off acting on the Word which is acting on faith…which is our victory.