Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 7 Adar II | March 2022 - Page 27

You do not need to suffer alone , yet we share your suffering with Messiah so that we may also share in His glory ! This is much better ! We really do share in glory when you share in His suffering . ( Romans 8:17 ) For you do not suffer alone , but in unity with the Messiah . Rejoice and be glad !
From Hebrews 12:2 we are urged to “... focus on Yeshua , the initiator and perfecter of faith ,” who , “ for the joy set before Him , endured the cross , disregarding its shame ; and He has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God .” Even in the suffering of the cross , Yeshua our Messiah knew the joy of the Father ’ s face .
I bear witness ! I experienced joy at the latter end of 2021 as I was recovering from COVID . On the morning of Thanksgiving ( which Pamela and I celebrated without family from far or near ), I woke from a dream :
You can even experience happiness and joy when you ’ re going through trials and tribulations . Jacob ( James ) 1:2 encourages us , “ Consider it all joy , my brethren , when you encounter various trials ...” This is not just well-meaning encouragement , but instead , practical wisdom . When we rejoice in our sufferings , we will grow in persevering trust .
Also consider 1 Peter 4:13 , “… rejoice insofar as you share in the sufferings of Messiah , so that at the revelation of His glory you may also rejoice and be glad .”
All through the night I had been dreaming of journeying up and down the leafy hills of Pennsylvania of my dreams . I recall that I dreamt of college campuses with doors open to halls where professors were giving fascinating lectures and concert halls sang out lovely harmonies and dining halls offered varieties of delicious foods . Though a grounds keeper eventually questioned whether I belonged there and told me it was time to go , I knew I had already tasted and seen .
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