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"For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, "
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philip'pi, with the bishops and deacons:
Philippians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
Philippians 1:4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
Philippians 1:5 thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:7 It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
Philippians 1:8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
Philippians 1:10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Philippians 1:11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:12 I want you to know, brethren, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
Philippians 1:13 so that it has become known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ;
Philippians 1:14 and most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.
Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
Philippians 1:16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel;
Philippians 1:17 the former proclaim Christ out of partisanship, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Philippians 1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice.
Philippians 1:19 Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
Philippians 1:20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:22 If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
Philippians 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Philippians 1:24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Philippians 1:25 Convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Philippians 1:26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
Philippians 1:28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
Philippians 1:30 engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine.

We who know Jesus as Lord here in America have not had to suffer the kind of persecution that is depicted in of the saints in the New Testament. But someday we may suffer unto death for Him, only God knows what the future holds. However if we aren't suffering some form of persecution, something is wrong!
If we as God's children are living the Christ-centered lives that we should be leading, Satan will do his best to cause us greif and trip us up. The Bible says we are to "count it as joy" when we are persecuted for the sake of Christ! But if our troubles are of our own making (consequences from living a life of sinful practices), then we do not count it as joy!
God is simply letting us know through His Word that it is to be expected that we will suffer for Him in this life.
John 15:18-19
"If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don't belong to the world, I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you."
We are in good company when the world hates us, it hated our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ as well!! :)

Paul considered it a privilege to suffer for Christ. We do not by nature consider suffering a privilege. Yet when we suffer, if we faithfully represent Christ, our message and example will affect us and others for good. Suffering can have these benefits: it takes our eyes off earthly comforts, it weeds out superficial believers, it strengthens the faith of those who endure and it serves as an example to others who may follow us. When we suffer for our faith it doesn't mean that we have done anything wrong. In fact, the oppopsite is often true - it verifies that we have been faithful. Use suffering to build your character. Don't resent it or let it tear you down.

Without a cross there is no crown. There is a misconception that coming to Christ does away with all your problems and sufferings when in the reality is that at times it is the opposite. We notice more our problems and our suffering seems to be intensified. The difference though is that now we count it a blessing to also suffer with Him and at times for Him (refering to the martyrs). The disciples didn't understand this themselves until after the resurrection. That is when they realize that without a cross there is no crown.

I truely thinks that Christians do suffer for the sake of Christ. He never said it would be easy. Christians today get mocked and persecuted all the time. But it also builds our character and molds into the person He would have us to be. When you are suffering...just remember the suffering of Christ. He gave His life for us. Ther will never be a greater love than that. Count our sufferings as blessings!!

Paul considered it a privilege to suffer for Christ. We do not by nature consider suffering a privilege. Yet when we suffer, if we faithfully represent Christ, our message and example will affect us and others for good. Suffering can have these benefits: it takes our eyes off earthly comforts, it weeds out superficial believers, it strengthens the faith of those who endure and it serves as an example to others who may follow us. When we suffer for our faith it doesn't mean that we have done anything wrong. In fact the oppopsite is often true - it verifies that we have been faithful. Use suffering to build your characture. Don't resent it or let it tear you down.

Sufferings and difficulties are opportunities that God offers us to help identify more closely with Christ by fearlessly embracing his cross. What does suffering matter if we accept it to console, to please GOD our Lord, with a spirit of reparation, united with him on his cross- in a word, if we suffer for Love.

Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
Philippians 1:30 engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine.

for all those that follow JESUS we will suffer to, but just like HIS reward was great so will it be for all HIS followers . No matter what we are going through let us remember we know the end

This probably is not one of your top ten! Every trial is an opportunity to glorify your LORD! What doesn't make you bitter.....WILL make you better!!


Being a Faithful Christian is not easy. Yes we suffer some but look at how our savior suffered and died for us on that cross for our sins. JESUS paid the ultimate price so that we would not have to suffer eternal damnation. The suffering that we do here on earth is nothing compared to what he went through at Calvary.

And if you as a Christian are not having some type of trial and tribulation in your life, then you need to check yourself. You are not doing something right, cause when you are working for GOD you best believe that satan is gonna rear up in your life and try to destroy everything you do, but if you let the LORD fight your battles, he will see you through!

It is nice to remember that God's grace is sufficient...especially in difficult times.

Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you that for tha sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

AMEN!! FOR IT HAS BEEN GRANTED TO YOU THAT FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST YOU SHOULD NOT ONLY BELEIVE IN HIM BUT ALSO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE. I BELEIVE IN GHRIST....

Everyday is a good day when you ask God to walk with you

A.M.E.N.;=)

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain...

May God help me FULLY put into practice, this verse in JESUS NAME

After thinking about what Jesus Christ suffered, my own sufferings seem really petty.

Those sufferings that which we have control, my prayer is that we choose wisely for what or whom we allow ourselves to suffer. Blessings!

The FIRST Step TO WISDOM is silence(mute/sound less);
The SECOND is LISTENING(to be attentive, alert, considerate, thoughtful).
...Proverbs(a saying/motto) will TEACH you WISDOM and self-Control and HOW TO UNDERSTAND Sayings with DEEP Meanings.
You will LEARN what IS RIGHT and HONEST and FAIR.
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