"You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more He will shower us with His comfort and encouragement." - 2 Corinthians 1:5
These sufferings are not sickness and poverty as some religious teaching suggest. These afflictions are described as the "fellowship of sufferings" that the believer will encounter for doing the will of God, or the sufferings brought on by one's allegiance to Jesus.
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death." - Philippians 3:10
"And now, little children, abide (live, remain permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence...." - 1 John 2:28
The Word states that when we abide in Him and He is "visible,"-- we have confidence. So we can say that when we abide in Christ, we are able to "see" more clearly, and when we have vision we can also be bold and assured. We are His temple -- we need to continue to draw near."
Hunger for God is one of the greatest signs of life a person can have. We must press past intellectual awareness to hunger for heartfelt encounters that change and transform.
Is there not deep inside you a longing for His continuous presence? Do you not crave an increase of God's love, God's joy, God's peace, God's power?
I become sensitive to my spirit by meditating on spiritual things at all times -- by meditating on the Lord, on His goodness, on His greatness, and on His word.
God's best for me is to take the seed of His word and plant it in my heart where it will naturally and effortlessly produce the changes that I desire.
My goal is to extend the Kingdom of God to earth.
He is God with you, for all time and throughout eternity. Don’t let the familiarity of that concept numb its impact on your consciousness.
His perpetual Presence with you can be a continual source of Joy, springing up and flowing out in streams of abundant Life. Let your mind reverberate with meanings of His Names: Jesus—the Lord saves, and Emmanuel—God with us. Strive to remain conscious of His Presence even in your busiest moments.
Talk with Him about whatever delights you, whatever upsets you, whatever is on your mind. These tiny steps of daily discipline, taken one after the other, will keep you close to Him on the path of Life.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” … “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” - Matthew 1:21, 23
“You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” - Acts 2:28