Jesus leads you to victory, if you follow Him. If you follow Jesus you will have many battles, trials and tribulations
We must go into the kingdom of heaven through much tribulation. The way of the disciple, the true follower of Jesus is a life of battles, trials, tribulations but also of victory. We are called to overcome, sin, satan and the flesh.
I read the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 8:28-37.
” 28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36Just as it is written,
“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
37But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Are you suffering temptation, tribulation, distress, difficulty, pain, rejection, persecution for following Jesus? Are you overcoming? If you stay in Jesus you will overcome.
If you are not having tribulation, you are not following Jesus. we read in Acts 14:22 “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
There will be no crown for those who did not bear their cross. There will be no prize for those who did not run the race and won. Are you making progress in your journey into the kingdom of God. Are you enduring tribulation with Jesus, and overcoming? Are you a victor or a loser?
May Jesus bless you.