Momentum: Suffering for Christ’s Sake
According to Philippians 1:27–30, suffering for Christ’s sake is a gift that comes with salvation. When we bear it well, it gives incredible momentum to the gospel.
Read Acts 8 through Acts 28 and note references to various difficulties encountered by those who faithfully persevere. Linger at Acts 14:19–28. Because Paul would not stop or slow down, even after being stoned, “many disciples” were made.
I believe, beloved, we are not strong in the Lord because we are trapped by fear of man, and thus are unwilling to pay the consequence of holding forth the Word of Life in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.
Either we don’t know or we forget that God is sovereign. No purpose or plan of his will be thwarted. Our times are in his hands!
“Oh Father, may we, the body of Christ in America, seize the day and regain our momentum by giving your Word priority, walking in your Spirit, praying without ceasing and rejoicing that we are counted worthy to suffer for your name.”
*All Scripture citations in this article are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Kay Arthur is the co-founder of Precept Ministries. Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life™, a daily television, radio and online program with an audience reach of over 75 million households, broadcasting into more than 30 countries. This post is an excerpt from her article in the 2017 spring Edition of Outcomes magazine.
CLA hope you have been inspired by these posts leading up to The Outcomes Conference April 4-6, 2017. Be sure to read the whole series!