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Daily Devotional
October 9
... Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer ...
2 Thessalonians 1:5
‘The fact that you are persecuted and put down is proof that you’re a part of the Kingdom,’ declares Paul. He would say the same thing to Timothy by writing, ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,’ (2 Timothy 3:12).


So often I pray to avoid pressures, problems, and persecutions, when, in reality, it is those very things which would have produced Christ-like qualities within me. There is really no other way.

If you want to be like Jesus, hard times are inevitable.

‘I want to shine like a diamond in the Kingdom,’ we say. You know what a diamond is? It’s a chunk of worthless coal which has undergone tremendous amounts of pressure over many, many years. So if you say in your heart, ‘I want to reflect Jesus,’ know this: there is no other way that will happen than to go through fiery trials over great lengths of time — which is why Peter talks about our faith being purified by fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12), and why James says, ‘Count it all joy when you go through these trials,’ (James 1:2).

Although I know this in theory, I still find myself praying, ‘Lord, I don’t want to deal with this. Lord, I don’t want to go through that. Lord, do I have to go there? Lord, get me out of here!’ In reality, such prayers are unwise because they can actually hinder the work the Lord was doing in me through those very difficulties.

Consequently, I am praying less and less, ‘Lord, help me Yourself,’ and more and more, ‘Lord, help Yourself to me. I am tired of directing You. Put me wherever You see I’ll be happy and most fruitful. You know best.’
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store