Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 21 Iyyar | May 2023 | Page 18


There is never pain without purpose . God never wastes pain . He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good , the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son . ( Romans 8:28-29 )
God never allows anyone to undergo suffering without a purpose . There is always a reason for the season , whether we can comprehend it or not . Whenever there is suffering , God ' s purpose is to elevate , transform , equip , and refine us for a greater purpose . Just as fruit must be bruised and crushed to smell its sweetest , so often must we undergo suffering in order to fully develop more fruit of the Spirit . Our sweet smell is inherent , but it is not always manifest until brought forth through difficult times .
Just like Joseph , David , Esther , Paul and so many more who came before us , they all went through bruising and crushing before they were brought into God ' s divine purpose for their lives .
How do we become more like the Yeshua ( Jesus )? We must be purged and stripped from worldly flesh in order to enter the courts of humility and purity . All the trials and hardships we go through as believers in Yeshua is not meant to harm us , but instead is done to purify us and prepare us for His glory . If we want to follow Yeshua then we must be willing to daily take up our cross and let go of the things of this world .
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