Could it be that even as Jesus loved His Father when His heart hurt in all that God allowed men to do to Him, that we, too, must learn to love God when our hearts hurt in all the painful experiences that God allows to touch our lives? Can we soon forget the Scripture where Jesus spoke to the Father in great agony of Spirit and said:
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
He, too, was a man with feelings of pain, rejection, and loneliness. He came in the form of man that He might experience all that we experience—He Himself being tempted, He is able to help all of us who are tempted.
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings…Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
And so we see even in this great pain, He uttered His last words:
“Father, into Your hands, I commit My Spirit.”
If we are to be one with the Father even as Jesus is one with the Father, should we arrive at such a place in Glory without “learning obedience through the things that we suffer,” even as Jesus learned obedience through the things that He suffered?
“Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
We know that Jesus was perfect when He was born because there was no sin nature in Him; however, how could He be declared “perfect” unless He had been tried and tested to see if He would endure and hold fast to His God.
If we could only understand that we are being “trained to reign,” our “boot camp” course would be much more easily endured. Paul stated:
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we do not look at the things that are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
The Father is transforming His sons and daughters into the likeness of His only begotten Son, and the things that we see are indeed temporary. He will spare us no discomfort to bring forth children fashioned in the likeness of His beloved Son, the Lamb of God. He is preparing us for the wedding of “The Lamb” that we might be dressed in fine, white linen and not garments of despair. And He will have a bride “without spot or wrinkle.” Get ready, Bride! Our King of kings and Lord of lords is coming so soon! Praise be to His Holy Name!
We must surrender to Him all that is not pleasing to Him, all that Satan uses to hold us in bondage, and we should remember that we cannot free ourselves of any area of bondage. But if we simply with our hearts tell the Lord that we desire to be free and that we repent of our sins, the Lord then will go to work on our behalf to free us.
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Our responsibility is to repent, surrender and abide.
“As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
To “surrender” is to yield yourself into the power of another or yield your will to the will of the Father. As we draw near to the Lord with a pure heart (a heart of repentance) and a surrendered heart, Satan’s fiery darts cannot penetrate to bring about our destruction, for the Lord says:
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
And a “curse without cause (reason) shall not alight.”
Psalms 91 so beautifully states:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust….’ A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.”
But we must understand that if we are not walking in the commandments of the Lord, we have plenty of reason to fear the fiery darts of the enemy because without surrender and repentance, Satan has every right to bring forth destruction. Again, the Father allows this to give us instruction and reproof, for the Lord “chastens those He loves.”
In Isaiah, the Lord says:
“I have created the destroyer to destroy.”
I believe God created Satan as an instrument to work adversities in our lives in order that our faith could be made perfect so that we could be transformed into the image of Christ Jesus and become one with Him.
Jesus said in a prayer to the Father in John 17:22-23,
“And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.
I Peter 5:10
What is He perfecting in you? He is perfecting, establishing, strengthening and settling you in the faith that you might be one with Him and walk in victory over the power of the enemy, that you will “trample on serpents, scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
Jesus indicated that if we would exercise our faith that He would “give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)