Ancient words of encouragement for our hard days.

Tender words. Paul had lived them. “What was gain to me, these things I have counted loss for Christ” (Phil 3:7)

As he sat in a Roman prison writing this letter, Paul looked back at all he had before he had radically encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. He recounts these things in Philippians 3:4-6.

The emotion in his words is still so evident these thousands of years later. It’s as if he is passionately pleading for us to believe him, that it’s all so worth it!
All Paul had lost to follow Jesus, he calls “rubbish” (Phil 3:8) compared to gaining Christ!

Knowing Jesus and the POWER of His resurrection, and (friend this may become more real to us as believers in this world today) -even suffering for the faith as Paul was as he wrote these words- IT WAS ALL WORTH IT for the excellence of knowing Christ!

Paul is not talking about a religion here. Paul is not trying to persuade you to join some group. Paul is talking about the Savior he had met, truly loved, completely trusted and believed, and knew in real, daily relationship.

As Paul wrote the things he wrote, and preached the things he preached, he knew he was risking it all to follow the One whom he loved and trusted more than anything this world has to offer.

He knew his words could cost him his life (and they did).

And yet, Paul writes so you and me, in this day, could know, could hang on and believe, it is so very worth it!

It is worth it to “know Jesus and the power of His resurrection” and even, “the fellowship of His sufferings” (Phil 3:10) !

Friend, there is nothing that can compare to the all-surpassing knowledge of knowing Christ!

Let’s don’t lose sight of this. Let’s remember the One who lives inside of us, will always, in every moment we will ever face, be with us.

Yes, these are hard days. I feel the heaviness. I am fighting to shake off worry.

But may we fight these fears with truth.

May we walk forward remembering the testimonies of those who have come before us, holding onto the faithful promises of our Lord!

Let’s remember some of the greatest revivals have come during the hardest of days when the church has been most persecuted.

Let’s walk in confidence, remembering the promise of our Savior who said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. “ (John 14:16-19)

Because He lives! Because He is with us and so very much worth it, no matter what comes, we will also eternally lbe with Him and can face tomorrow!

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