“Not only that, but we rejoice in our suffering knowing that suffering produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Romans 5:3, ESV.
Can you honestly say that you’re the same person after enduring that great trial in your life? Can you say that you still act and think the same after that trial? Of course you’re not. Do you know why? The scripture says that suffering produces character.
Character is defined as the moral and mental qualities distinctive to an individual. Sis, you’re not the same. Now you’re able to minister to others who dealt with the same thing. Now you react differently to such things. Now you know what to do if it comes around again. Now you have confidence that the Lord your God will bring you through it again. When we experience such things, God is trying to mold us into the person He intended for us to be. There’s a process we have to undergo, but trust God in that process. He’s producing something great within you! The final product is the mighty woman He called you to be! The final product is a daughter with an increase of faith in Christ!
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for the trials Lord because we know that it does not compare to the glory that is to come. We trust you in this process. Mold us, shape us, use us. We will not be the same after the suffering. We pray your will Lord. We pray your precious will. In Jesus name Amen.
41 thoughts on “You’re Not the Same”
Father God Thank you for shape and molding me and the direction that you want me to go and my life I have had lots of trials and my life but Thank you God because you help me along the way and I give you the highest praise Amen
Thank you God for trials for I know you are with me and your grace is sufficient for me. Continue to use me Lord for you honor and Glory because weeping may endure through the night but joy comes in the morning.
Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered. Jestine
Amen,I receive it in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for dis timely write up! . It,s needful more than ever bcos of d situation I am facing now. Kindly pray for my grown up daughter dat she will truly know Christ ijmn. Amen
Amen and Amen! . Well said, trails will surely mold you, build you
Thank you Lord Jesus for the trials you allowed in my life.had you not allowed them .I would not be this far in my walk with you all honor glory and praise belong to you Lord in Jesus Mighty Name Amen and Amen!
Amen and Amen! Well said, trails will surely mold you, build you up and make you a very Stronger Person for the Lord . God always takes what the devil interns for evil and turns it around to glorify Himself. To Him be all the glory in Jesus name Amen.
Yes amen to that
Thank you! GOD! for guiding me here to read all these wonderful thoughts.
Thank you Lord for your loving kindness and tender mercies that you have extended to me daily. Father I thank you for the molding process, the trails and the tribulations. Your words declares, in all things we must give you thanks. Father I thank you for the growth. All praise and honor belongs to you.
Amen. Thank you Lord for Molding me. For every test trail and tribulation we endure, it shapes us and our character. You are so right. I’m not the same the person. Because of what I’ve been through I’m able to help others along the way.
Good Moring my Sisters in Christ and Daughtes of the Most High KING. Now this is Personal for me Psalm#23 says even while I’m /we are going the Trial Frie God is still with (even THOUGH it May not fell like it at that time)Then u have Psalm#37 Verse25Says He/GOD have and NEVER WILL FORSAKE/LEAVE US and we’ll lack for anything(THOUGH it fells like at times)But trials they really will make US Stronger and Better oh and change/growth in the thing of God makes US much Better not just for US but for our family
Good Moring my Sisters in Christ and Daughtes of the Most High KING. Now this is Personal for me Psalm#23 Verse4 says even while I’m /we are going thourgh the Trial the Frie God is still with us (even THOUGH it May not fell like it at that time)Then u have Psalm#37 Verse25Says He/GOD have and NEVER WILL FORSAKE/LEAVE US and we’ll never lack for any good thing(THOUGH it dose’nt fell like it at times)But trials they really will make US Stronger and Better oh and change/growth in the things of God makes US much Better not just for US but for our family and whoever else God May send our way to share it with
Yes good. Morning my darling sisters and good night.. These prayers are so powerful at the end of these devotions. Then. to read on an incredible process takes place powerful. I am changed little by little. Day by day. Inside out Jesus way Yawaih
Good morning my sweet Jesus. Thank you for changing me with love. And mercy thank you for your holy spirt. Diane
Amen to this message. I thank God where I’m not where I used to be. Thank God for making us strong in him.
Amen in Jesus name continue to mold and shape in your own imagine father god I thank you and love you.
Good morning my beautiful sister in Chirst, and I receive this message. And to GOD be the Glory! Amen I am not the same in Jesus CHRIST Mighty Name Amen.
Thank you, Lord for these words this morning! I praise Your holy name!! I dedicate today’s devotion to my sister in Chtist, Tina, and all women who are in a current storm. God will get the glory anyway! Hallelujah!!!!!
Good Morning. My sister’s in Christ Jesus! My brother passed away on Sunday Feb.7th 2016,I thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit to comfort us in times like these.My brother was saved so, I know he is with the Lord, for to absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.I thank God for the 58 yrs. he allowed us to have him in our lives.Thank you Sister’s for such powerful daily devotions.You are truly a Blessing to the body of Christ. Everyone have an Amazing Day!!! Much love to you all !!!
I also have a brother in heaven. ..may God continue to strengthen and comfort you in the days ahead…
I love you Heavenly Father God, I love you Jesus Christ, I love you Holy Ghost.
Trials ar like child labour. The pain a always very intensive bt the joy of the child surpasses the pain. Our trials ar the same, the moment of trial ain’t a nice one! We tend to gv up, to get desperate, to feel alone and discouraged. But when our trials ar over and light shines on us, we ar happy and our joy surpasses what we’ve been through.
We are able to share our testimony with others and also shed light to those who are still in darkness. We ar able to encourage them and shed some light on them.
The joy of going through trials and emerging victorious s encouraging those in similar situations
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Thank you so much for this post, it’s really a great way to start my days, and other women offer their kind words. Praise God amen!
The word is so true. Although it says that after we have suffered for a little while, it doesn’t feel like a little while, it might be years but compared to eternity it really, it is a little while, and no fun at all, but once it’s over, o what joy! Then we know that while we were suffering, He was working behind the scenes, and when we have matured enough during the trial, He brings the breakthrough, in whatever way He chooses. Then we see ourselves through different eyes, we see how we had been kept bound by the deception of Satan which we believed. We believed the problem lay with the others in the meantime we were so paralized by fear, and lies that we ignored His prompting to take a step of faith to be brave, to resist the way we dealt with it before, and tackle the situation in faith through the Holy Spirit. Once we resist the lies, standup in faith against it, change our attitude towards the problem, the situation changes and all of a sudden we are free. Where in the past we reasoned ‘ they have to change’ it really was us getting to know the truth and facing it, who changes. Then once we know the truth, are free, and what bothered us in the past, does’nt anymore, we have overcome it. What bliss, once we know the truth concerning, ‘ you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’ concerning your situation. How wonderful His ways are, not to harm us, but to give us a future! Thank You for standing with us through the trial Jesus, for always being there and not to give up on us. Thank You for the people You have given us to encourage us through our trial. You said You would never leave us nor forsake us, and You don’t! We have been and are still being changed into Your image. Hallelujah amen!
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ln total agreement with u sweet Zebi n thanks so much for ur word of advice.Yea darling Anne missing u very much. Been travelling l read the devotions but been unable to comment . Love u all my sweet sisters.
THANK YOU DAUGHTERS OF THE KING!!! for that much need post and to zebi for a wonderful response, I was overwhelmed, tears rolled down my cheek and I felt brand new. THANK YOU LORD JESUS!!!!
From the very day that Christ accepts us into his vine yard he begins the process of moulding n shaping us into his divine image n likeness. The process is slow because of our fallen nature but the encouragement is that he does not give up on us. As silver is tried image n the furnace of the earth , God’s word will continuously try us n prove us purge n prune us until we come to the full knowlege of Him.Guess what , it will take eternity to come to the full knowlege of Christ. It also reasons that the character of Christ shall continually be formed in us until we see Him face to face. We shall surely get there some day!!!!
Yes I agree whole heartedly. Thankyou for wise words, God bless you beautiful sister.
Father God, Thank you for all of what I go through, it’s very hard to go through it but I know it’s for what you are going to do and your glory. Help me go through it God. Thank you in Jesus Name Amen.
l result in our being loved and respected by the world, Peter also emphasizes that we will suffer. In fact, 1 Peter clearly shows that those most blessed in the faith suffer the most.
The Christian life is a call to glory through a journey of suffering. That’s because those in Christ are inevitably at odds with their culture and society. All Satan-energized systems are actively at odds with the things of Christ. The apostle John said a person can’t love both God and the world (1 John 2:15), and James said that “whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). That makes the Christian a problem to the society in which he or she lives.
Peter’s readers knew both the blessings of life in Christ and the suffering of persecution. They were “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Pet. 1:1). Peter knew of their plight and wrote to comfort them and everyone else chosen by God for salvation, explaining that along with privilege comes suffering.
Peter’s model of how to respond to suffering was Jesus Christ. Jesus’ attitude toward suffering is to be our attitude.
I. CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO SUFFERING
Verse 21 begins with the phrase, “For you have been called for this purpose.” The connective “for” points back to the last part of verse 20: “If when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.” Christians are to endure suffering because it pleases God. Verse 21 amplifies the idea by stating that Christians are specifically called to suffer.
That shouldn’t surprise us. Peter had just said that Christians “are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that [they] may proclaim the excellencies of Him who [called them] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (v. 9). Our dark world resents and is often hostile towards those who represent the Lord Jesus Christ. That resentment and hostility may be felt at certain times and places more than others, but it is always there to some extent.
II. CHRISTIANS ARE MATURED BY SUFFERING
A Christian’s call to glory necessitates walking the path of suffering. First Peter 5:10 explains why: “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” Suffering is God’s way of maturing His people spiritually. He is pleased when we patiently endure the suffering that comes our way. Suffering is a part of God’s plan to prepare His people for glory.
A. 1 Peter 1:6-7
“You greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” God allows suffering as a validation of our faith. It also produces patience, though patience is a quality we won’t need in eternity–there will be no reason for impatience there. Yet beyond those benefits, suffering increases our capacity to praise, glorify, and honor God–and that’s something we will use throughout eternity.
B. James 1:2-4
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James focused on the present–suffering matures and conforms Christians more to Christ’s likeness in this life. Peter focused on the future: suffering enhances the believer’s ability to function in glory.
III. CHRISTIANS ARE BROUGHT TO GLORY THROUGH SUFFERING
A. 2 Corinthians 4:17
Our “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” While suffering does make us stronger now–it makes us able to endure with patience, increases our faith, teaches us to trust God, and leads us to depend on Christ and His Word–it also affects how we will function later. That’s why Paul went on to say our focus isn’t on the now but the future: “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (v. 18).
B. 2 Timothy 2:12
“If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.” The greater our endurance through suffering, the greater our eternal reward, which primarily is the ability to glorify God.
IV. CHRISTIANS ARE IDENTIFIED WITH CHRIST IN THEIR SUFFERING
Christians are identified with their Master because like Him, they suffer to enter their glory.
A. Luke 24:25-26
Christ said to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Our Lord had to explain that future glory required that He suffer. We’re to expect the same.
B. Hebrews 2:10
“It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” Jesus was the author of our salvation, bringing us to glory through His suffering.
C. Hebrews 5:8-9
“Although [Jesus] was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered; and having been made perfect, He became to all who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”
D. Matthew 10:21-24
Our Lord warned, “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. . . . A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.” A disciple is like his teacher and a slave like his master. Since Jesus suffered, all His disciples can expect to suffer also (cf. John 13:16).
The path to glory for Christ was the path of unjust suffering. That’s our path also. Our Lord endured suffering with perfect patience and was exalted to the highest point of glory. He is our example of how to respond to suffering.
Focusing on the Facts
1. What is the theme of 1 Peter 2:21-25?
2. What two categories of truth does 1 Peter emphasize?
3. First Peter clearly shows that those most blessed in the faith __________ the most.
4. What did John and James say about loving the world? How will effect a Christian’s attitudes toward the society in which he or she lives (1 John 2:15; James 4:4)?
5. Why shouldn’t the fact that Christians are called to suffer be surprising to us?
6. Suffering is God’s way of __________ His people spiritually.
7. In what way will suffering be useful to us throughout eternity?
8. How does suffering identify a Christian with his or her Master?
9. Our Lord is our
Awesome! So right so true! Wow this is saying it all! Thank you. What a privilege to know we go through all this for His glory, to become more and more like Christ, no actually less of me, more of Him. He is the Head and we the body to rule and reign with Him. We already have overcome Satan in Him. It’s no longer I that live but Christ that lives within me.
Yes I agree whole heartedly. Thankyou for wise words, God bless you beautiful sister.
Wonderful explanation my sister. Knowledge truly brings understanding. God bless you
Oh my God this word is so sweet. Thank you Lord that even our suffering is not in vain but is completing a work within us. Glory to God, build my character 🙆🙏👐👏
Through every trails there’s victory. Thank you God for suffering cause it has given me testimonies and made me into a stronger person. God the solid rock, my deliverer and shield use me to be true witness to others. I know the storm is raging but Jesus always calmed the sea, he’ll not leave me nor forsake me. You’re my freedom Lord. Amen 🙇
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