With many Christians, there is this idea that everything in life should be perfectly simple just because they are Christians. However, Jesus clearly warned all of us this...”In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration.” (John 16:33)
He also said that we would have to deal with the troubles of this world. These things are simply a part of life that we all must face when we lay down our own selfish desires to pick up our crosses to follow Him.
Paul once said, “But like a boxer I buffet my boy, handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships and subdue it!” (1 Corinthians 9:27)
What Paul is talking about here is our own self-discipline. When one is self-disciplined it means they are laying down their own sinful desires and doing the right thing by God’s grace, now matter how much it costs them in the end.
Sure, it’s not always easy. But when we die to self it brings necessary suffering, but remember, even in the face of that suffering, there is still hope, for it is Christ who has overcome the world! Just like Paul said, we can “rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”
God, I decide in advance to please You, whether my flesh is willing or not. Even if I need to suffer to do Your will, I know that there is hope, for You Spirit is in me, and You have overcome the world.