Apostle Grace Lubega
Hebrews 12:2[AMP]; Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Part of Christian warfare is the ability to despise and ignore shame, pain or suffering.
Like our theme scripture reveals, Christ endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame.
Pain and shame are amplified by the focus and attention we give to them. However, one must learn to ignore them, giving no heed to them and behaving like they have nothing on you!
If you receive a bad report from a doctor, you must be bold enough to ask yourself, ‘What power does stage 4 cancer have over me? Is that it?’
If you are having financial troubles in your business outside your control, you should be bold enough to ask, ‘Only this slight discomfort? This too shall pass’
This was the very attitude of Paul when it came to persecution and suffering. He called them light afflictions (2 Corinthians 4:17).
The Message version of this scripture calls them ‘small potatoes.’
Think about it for a moment!
He was fought and slandered everywhere he went. In one city, he was stoned to an inch of his life but he looked at the sum of all his pain and called it ‘light’.
Child of God, learn to see all circumstances through the eyes of God and they will quickly become very small.
Despise them. Don’t ascribe to them power they do not have.
Exercise your spirit in the craziness of this faith.
Glory to God!
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 5:3-5
Pain and shame are amplified by the focus and attention we give to them. However, you must learn to ignore them, to give them no heed and to behave like they have nothing to you!
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank you for this Word. What a beautiful truth! I know that I am bigger than anything that comes my way. I look at circumstances through the eyes of truth. Greater is You that is in me than the devil that is in the world. This is my attitude in adversity and the guarantee of my victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.