DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?! The power of God Almighty that raised Jesus Christ from the grave lives inside of me! The power of Him who will fling Satan into eternal Hell is alive and well in my body!
Pain of cancer, hateful glares of the unaccepting popular majority, discomfort of living without, financial difficulty, hunger, any pain this human body has to throw at me ain’t got nothing on the book of suffering! I have been crucified with Christ! I find myself dead to my past life, of all that I know and hold dear. Being willing to serve God above my human nature. Dying to self and giving and giving when all I wish and long for is to retire into solitude. All my sinful body longs for is relief and comfort. OF COURSE IT HURTS TO FOLLOW JESUS!
And does Satan want me to suffer? Hell yes! It is his all ending goal, to drag me to Hell with him forever and ever. Does he want me to face cancer fearless where others turn and question where my peace comes from? Hell no! Does he want to give me a testimony of overcoming pain and fear? Hell no! Does Satan want the suffering majority to find hope in my story of love and peace in Jesus Christ, to share how all this world will pass and fade but we are adored by the Father who calls us to be His princes and princesses? Hell no!
Satan holds the longest bluff of all time! His chains have long been broken and all we need do is call upon the one who sets us free! When we know this, we call upon the name of Jesus and the blood of the Lamb and Satan flees! We fight with demons and we win! We crush Satan with the power of the Almighty alive and well that dwells in our very hearts! It is not pretty, it is war!
With great determination, Satan stood in glee and pride with the Son of God crucified upon the cross. And with the completion of the death of the beating heart of Jesus, HE FORGAVE THE WORLD! HE DEFEATED SATAN! Satan has learned his lesson well that suffering can lead to victory.
While being stoned, Stephen, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God! We have no fear even of death! Just seconds later, Stephen stood before his Maker and proclaimed that he gave all for his Name!
With comfort, oh how I retreat! And in health, the lesson is hard that IT IS ALL FOR NOTHING! None of it, I want NONE of this world! I want no one to look at me and declare the love of how I dress, please see no beauty in my humanity, I want no one impressed by my home or my abilities, and I don’t want to seek those accomplishments any longer. One thing I want, only one I desire to be said of me: She loved Jesus Christ with all her heart, her soul, her mind, and her strength. I want to be loved and hated for this! And I want the Prince of demons to be terrified to let me suffer because every moan and every breath of my pain will be to call upon the name that he loathes to hear!