Believers are called to live in the fullness of Messiah. We may become conditioned to look for times of refreshing, blessing and peace, which God gives out of His great love and favor. However, every Believer will taste oppression in this corrupt world. Our journey is to an everlasting Kingdom, passing through this world is a necessary part, but no lasting home can be found here. The world can not provide the satisfaction we seek and find in God through Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name). Even so we have only received a glimpse of His infinite goodness which is intended for fullness in eternity. Things of this world are temporal, fleeting and pass away. The satisfaction we have found is of substance, so powerful and deep it has found a place in our innermost being. This is God’s work in us, undeniable and ever since faith and love was awakened in our heart, He has been confirming and feeding that fire within.
Just as we were called to be buried in water and raised to newness of life, a calling of death and rising remains. First, to die to self, physical desires and lusts, to rise for life in the Holy Spirit. Second, we die as the world labels us its enemy because of Messiah and pours its injustice, oppression and anger out as it did to Him, but God delivers us through suffering to a transcendent incomprehensible position of loving our enemies. Next, we receive a revelation of God’s promise which we are to obtain, but as we go, the vision dies and our efforts and expectations die also. At just the right time God resurrects the vision in fulfillment, by His hand alone and we rise to receive that which only God can give. Finally, we enter the shadow of death and cross earth’s border of physical death and rise in the realm of eternal sunrise where the light of God’s presence fills Heaven.
Paul reminded the Philippians, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.” (Philippians 1:27-30) Paul endured and entered Glory just as all Believers are destined through death and resurrection to experience. Take your stand, endure suffering and rise again to the upward call of Yeshua, Messiah.