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Morning and Evening: 5/31

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In this morning’s devotional as we read of the affliction of David by his son, a few things struck me. David is often characterized as reaping what he sowed in relation to his discipline of his son, Absalom. But what struck me most was that there were many who also were afflicted because of King David. Ittai the Gittite chose to go with the rightful king (David). And because of his loyalty to the king, Ittai shared in David’s affliction.

We too are called to share in Christ’s affliction. Because we are His people, because we follow Him, because we are His Body, we are afflicted with Christ.

…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…—Philippians 3:10 NKJV

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. [6] Now if we are afflicted, [it is] for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, [it is] for your consolation and salvation. [7] And our hope for you [is] steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also [you will partake] of the consolation. [8] For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.—2 Cor 1:5-8 NKJV

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God…—2 Timothy 1:8 NKJV

A disciple is not above [his] teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [will they call] those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.—Matthew 10:24-28 NKJV

So let us rejoice that our lives are in the hands of the MASTER. Nothing will happen to us that is outside of His control.

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