After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.1 Peter 5:10(NASB)
As believers in Christ we are loved with an everlasting love and have been drawn by God with loving-kindness and with great goodness. We do not deserve the many privileges we have received by faith.. indeed we deserve full punishment for our sins, and the wages of all sin is death. But in His grace Christ paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross in our place.
Jesus identified with our sin, and the death that He died is credited to us.. so that the sentence of death has been lifted from our account. Because Christ died in place of us, the penalty has been paid. Not only have we have been reckoned as righteous but have been given His new life. We have been given the resurrected life of Christ - the deathless life of Christ - the eternal life of Christ. What a demonstration of God's amazing grace to sinners such as we are.
But being reckoned righteous in Christ is only one aspect of God amazing grace.. for He has called us into His eternal glory and pledged to perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us. He has undertaken to conform us into the likeness of Christ. He has promised to establish us in the faith and to change us from one level of glory to another.
But as believers in a fallen world we also have an adversary, who is called the devil and Satan. He prowls around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Although we are instructed to resist him, we do not have the strength and ability within ourselves to withstand him.. But in Christ we have all we need to stand fast in this evil day.. against the wiles of the wicked one. By God's grace we are enabled to resist him as we abide in Christ; depend on our heavenly Father and hold fast to the faith. As we pray in faith, and stand firm on the unchangeable Word of God we discover that His grace is sufficient.. for His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Throughout our life the enemy of our soul causes much suffering, pain, persecution and distress to believers.. but the Bible tells us that suffering is part of the Christian course.. and in Christ we can become victorious no matter what difficulties and hardships are strewn in our path - for no matter how fierce the trial and how severe the test, the full and final victory is already ours in Christ. Hell is no longer our final destination for our citizenship is in heaven.. for we have been called out of darkness into God's eternal glory in Christ - by faith.
The inevitable sufferings of life are designed by God to perfect us in our spiritual walk; to establish us in our Christian faith; to strengthen us in our daily life and to settle us in our blessed hope. Let us praise the Lord for His goodness and grace, for He has called us to His eternal glory in Christ - and He is perfecting, conforming, strengthening and establishing us in Him, with every passing day.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God of all grace and that Christ suffered once for all on the cross for me.. not only paying the price for my sins but also breaking the power sin and Satan in my life. Continue to perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish me in Jesus name.. and may I never forget that You who started a good work in me will continue until the day of Christ Jesus, AMEN.