Why is it that some Christians live as "more than conquerors," while others seem to go around defeated all the time? The answer isn't in their circumstances, because victorious Christians and defeated Christians face basically the same kind of trials. And the answer isn't in who goes to church more often, or who reads the Bible and who doesn't. The answer is, victorious Christians know Christ more intimately and therefore can experience his life giving power more often and more intently.
But a lot of us would like to put a period after the words, "The Power of His resurrection." No, if we are going to know Christ intimately we must also know him in "the fellowship of His sufferings." this word "sufferings" means more than just enduring a bad allergy season or having your mother-in-law move in with you. For Paul it meant being beaten to a pulp and beheaded! But it also meant a special kind of intimacy with the Lord that can't be known any other way. If you have ever suffered deeply with another person and I have; you understand what this means. We will never truly be intimate with somebody if we say to them, " I only want to share the good times with you, keep your suffering to yourself." Are you getting the idea behind all of this now?
We dance and shout about the resurrection; but that suffering part, that is where we lose 95% of the church. However the only way you really get to fellowship with Christ is to go into deep intercession, through prayer and worship. When you begin to cry out to God until you insides are about to come apart, when you are able to eek out a Yes Lord, even in the midst of you pain and suffering, when you are ready to say, not my will but thine be done, then you can experience the true meaning of the fellowship of His suffering.
We're getting closer to Resurrection Sunday. Keep on praising Him and:
"Don't forget To Say your Prayers."