“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us,” 2 Timothy 2:12.
“Verily, verily I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit,” John 12:24.
“What do many in the Church have to say about a life of suffering?
For without suffering how would one come to know the person and identity of My Son?
How does one come to realize the importance of suffering?
For much of the world and even the Church, does not know that they must give up everything in coming to know Me?
For without suffering man wants to have the best of my life; the fruits of the kingdom without going through the process.
What is the process, you may ask? Is the process to acquire more things and to build up your own kingdom?
Is the process to gain more knowledge and to heap-up about yourself a following of other men and women?
Or is it in coming into a deeper communion with Me?
The Church wants more of the blessings that I would give out. The Church wants more entertainment.
But how many in the church have taken on my mantle of suffering?
For have I not said that you must suffer with Me because I had suffered?
A seed must fall to the ground and die in order for it to produce. You must die in order that you would live.
Many of you will be brought forth and will come into My Kingdom; and yet, you will come just by believing in Me.
For the word of faith will save you on that day. But you will have missed out on a deeper communion with Me; and the deeper communion with Me is becoming like Me in every way.
It is in taking on the form of a servant. It is in letting go of your former life. It is a life of embracing the cross.
Many can recite these words and yet, how many actually embrace them?
How many have taken up their cross daily for Me?
You will be poured out like ointment and many of you will be crushed for My sake. The world does not know the workings of My Spirit.
The world seeks those things of the world. But if you would want to know more of Me then you must also be willing to to take upon yourself the mantle of suffering.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?