We gain strength going through difficult & painful situations. Even Jesus went through emotional/ mental anguish and pressure before He gave His whole self as a sacrifice for our sins. Once He passed/completed the most difficult in dying on the cross God raised Him from the dead. Do you even realize the real physical pain he went through? He was beat beyond recognition, plus all the worlds sin-he took on his body. Sin causes PAIN! Now because of Jesus resurrection, we too have a new life, power, strength and authority in Jesus. The dying to yourself, sin, your own plans, your unfruitful feelings, and by going through the test, trials, persecution, and pain - Is what it means to take up your cross like Jesus.
Jesus was bold, confident, obedient, faithful in the midst of all problems. We get stronger in God the more we become obedient and stand against all odds & obstacles - In faith refusing to give up or turn back. Just like a true soldier or athlete goes through endurance training, muscle building - We too must be resisting in order to be strong in the Lord. To get that attitude, and mind set of strength like a lion, like Jesus and be fierce in the spirit refusing and repelling all evil. We are lights in the darkness! That means we are walking through darkness, evil, torments, hellish areas to complete are call of duty to God. You must know by now that also means this evil is trying to attack us from all sides. Just like the sins and evil of this world attacked Jesus and that's exactly what killed Him our sins! We do not die for our sins now but become dead to them and their temptations. Like to an enemy you would say :"You are dead to me" ," I will no longer let you take advantage of me", " I am stronger now and you won't knock me down". Jesus even ask God to take this torment and pain from Him and above all that He wanted to Do the will of God. And the will of God is for us to overcome and defeat the pain and torment not avoid it. 'Jesus' Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." Matt 26:39 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared (reverenced, obeyed);Heb 5;7
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Ps 22:24 *Remember Jesus fasted for 40 days & nights for His great hour of temptation that He was entering into and satan tempted Him during this time.Jesus stayed obedient to God's will and resisted through this fast and by the word of God coming out of His mouth against the lies of satan. Fasting makes you stronger (Is 58).
Athletes train for endurance to win the race or competition. There bodies go through so much physical pain and pressure during the training. So they will become stronger for the real race . The mental pressure has to be endured also. In training pain is always present to teach and cause growth. Even when gaining muscle mass you must rip the muscle 1st then it heals up again with the later state stronger - this process is done over and over.
If they do not go through this process they can never win the prize they are aiming for. Pain comes before victory and an increase in strength. A well trained and seasoned athlete will not stop when non-debilitating pain arrives in their quest for the prize.
They have put to much time and effort into this competition just to quit now. They already learned that there is pain in store for them but, oh how it is worth it when they press through and win!
Look at how challenging it is to force yourself to study or to complete college. It is also an experience of mental pain and physical pressure, but look at the prize at the end!
We have to understand that when we are following Jesus we will have to go through some pain at different degrees.
We are going to be challenged and resisted. We will learn more about pain than you ever thought you could learn because it will teach you. We must keep in sight the reward and prize at the end of this race and yes it will be the fight of your life.
The great thing about God is that we are not competing to win something in the status of this world but heavenly, eternal. What we gain from God during our training and actual race time the world can never take it away from us.
Just like having a baby and carrying it inside is painful and you think you can't take anymore pain mostly physical- but also mental but look at the prize!
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. John 16:21
In training to be a boxer, the trainee learns from taking blows to the face and stomach how to be skilled, balanced, alert, and prepared for the real fight. The more they get knocked down the more determined they become to stand, fight and win! They end up IF they don't give up confident, secure, single focused and able to resist & defeat any op-poser. Pain is the process of learning and becoming stronger.
We have to believe in ourselves while we are trusting and relying on God. We have to believe we are and can do what God said we can in Jesus. Even if we get knocked down God will turn it into our good by using it as our training. Satan doesn't quite get it when he attacks us and we come back with even more strength and we strategically defeat him.
To defeat your enemy you must know him 1st. You must know in what ways he will and can attack and than stand in the power of God and with His word in your mind, mouth, heart and soul. You must receive the power of God and feel it blazing within you. This very spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead is what we have and possess.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?