Key Scriptures: Matthew 20:20-23, 26:36-44; Philippians 1:29; John 4:34, 5:30, 6:38; Hebrews 5:7-9; Job 1:8, 2:3, 5:17, 13:15 & 23:10-12.
We have been given many gifts from God namely; the most precious one of all, the gift of eternal life, the Ascended Christ ministry gifts together with the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
However Philippians 1:29 clearly states that not only have we been given the gift on behalf of Christ to believe on Him, but to also suffer for His sake.
There are many forms/types of sufferings but the overriding principle is the struggle that you and I will (and do!) experience with our own will as opposed to God’s will. Many struggle with the ‘Sinatra Syndrome’ in that we want to do things ‘our way’.
Jesus states on a number of occasions that He came down to earth to fulfil/accomplish the will of His Father so may we be of the same mind as we go about our Father’s business and not be distracted by all the ‘things’ of this life in achieving this goal.