Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spiritual Delivery

Peace and Grace Be Upon All the Saints of God;

I would like to share some of the experiences I recently had becoming a mother. I was meditating in pregnancy until delivery. It is indeed a pretty long journey, for some women it is very painful and for others less painful. Some women have their babies prematurely, some have them past due and some do not even have the time to meet their babies when the baby dies in the womb. But the bottom line here is that from conception until delivery there is a period of time necessary for the development of the baby and also for the preparation of the mother and father-to-be to receive the baby!

Think about conception in a spiritual level, as well as to conceive a child in the flesh has pains, for Christ to be conceived in us there are many pains we must pass through in order to be like Him:

Galatians 4:19- My children, I am suffering birth pains for you again until Christ is formed in you.

John 16:21 -A woman has pain when her time to give birth comes. But after the child is born, she doesn’t remember the pain anymore because she’s happy that a child has been brought into the world. ( Jesus was trying to tell His disciples that He would die and all of them would suffer a lot with His death , but after they would be glad because He would resurrect from the dead and be with them all the time through the Holy Spirit).

So, all I am trying to express here is that with NO suffering, there is no LIFE in Christ. Everybody wants to go about and say that when you want to follow Christ everything is going to be absolutely perfect in your life and you will have all your problems solved. NOT TRUE! Following Christ is followed by suffering as well as HE suffered if we want to be His disciples.

1 Peter 2:21 - God called you to endure suffering because Christ suffered for you. He left you an example so that you could follow in his footsteps.

Philippians 1:29-30 - For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

1 Peter 4:13-14 -Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

As you can see by the Scriptures there is pain in order to deliver a child and spiritually, there are birth pains too in order to have Christ formed in you. It is not an experience that will come only with joy and laughter, but it will also bring much pain inward and outward if you really want to live the life Christ expects from you as His witness in this earth.

I pray that this short message can edify you and build you up in the faith of Jesus Christ,

Love in Christ,

Cynthia R. Palmer