From Suffering to Glory - Your Daily Forward Devotional

From Suffering to Glory


January 27


Read Ephesians 3:12-13 whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.



During seasons of suffering in your life, what gives you the confidence to persevere?


I often wish I could avoid suffering. I mean, who really wants to suffer? Yet, suffering is a part of life. And often, God uses the suffering in our lives to accomplish His good purposes.


Paul’s experience is a testimony to that truth. Consider the good that God brought about through Paul’s trials in his ministry. For example, Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians as he was chained to a Roman guard. He was in prison! And yet, he asked the Ephesians to not “lose heart over what I am suffering for you”. Paul knew that even from his captivity, God was using him to accomplish kingdom work.


Jesus suffered greatly on our behalf before He was glorified and Paul knew that before we get to experience glory ourselves, there will be a time of suffering. But during that suffering, God can use us to bring more people to himself so that they too may experience glory someday.


Paul viewed his time in prison as an opportunity to continue his ministry. He continued to evangelize with his letters. In fact, Paul’s letters still spread the good news of the Gospel to us today! Paul probably had no idea how much God would accomplish through the letters Paul wrote during his imprisonment. Letters that he penned in approximately 60 AD are still being read today. They have strengthened, encouraged, and corrected the saints for almost 2,000 years. According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Paul’s letters have also been translated into at least 1,551 different languages! Paul’s suffering was not in vain. It was for the saving of many, many souls.


Friends, we will suffer in this life. But in the midst of the suffering we can allow God to use us in spite of those trials. Remember, that for those of us in Christ, we will pass from suffering on to glory. God may be using your trying circumstances to set you up to share the Gospel with those around you. So don’t quit. Don’t lose heart!



Father, it is hard and scary to be in seasons of suffering. In the midst of pain, remind me that You are with me and that You can still use me to accomplish big things for Your kingdom. Use me for Your good purposes, Lord. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Dear Heavenly Father, we Thank you and we Praise you for your Word and your Promises. In Jesus's name. We Pray and Praise you Lord. Amen.
My thoughts for today are to look to the eternity. Forever with God! That is what King Jesus bought us. Eternal life. Just give your life to Jesus.
I need this for today, tnank you Pastor nat.
Most of the time, suffering is an efficient tool of God to teach us the value of listening to Him. We've got to go through this process to soften whatever is tough in us. We need to humble ourselves and yield. And have faith that what He's doing is for our own good. We've got to remember, this is not the only time frame we have. We have a glorious place out there!
Heavenly Father I Praise You and Thank You Lord. For You have Promised we Your children that You will never leave nor forsake us. In knowing this Father through every trial of suffering I know You are with me/us. That You Lord are using us in those times to Glorify Your Holly Name to all those around us. Father in You alone I/ We have all we need. Please Lord use me in all areas of this journey giving only in You for Your Will. For at times we may question that time of struggle, suffering, I/We know it is to make us stronger in You and in this life's journey through You Lord. Father come what may I know I will make it through because You Lord are leading in Your Ways, Will, Path and Perfect Timing. For You OH Lord are My Strength to Bless me to overcome, conquer that trial of suffering all the while I will still Glorify Your Holly Name. For Your Mercy's and Grace are New each morning and I Thank You for them each New morning. For You Father are My Heart, Hope, Faith, Strength in all the storms. Thank You Lord, in Jesus name Amen
Lord Jesus, You have suffered greatly on my behalf because You love me greatly and did not wish to let me die without a chance to experience eternal life. So thank You Lord for what You have done. Please remind me that my suffering is only temporary and that a most glorious day lies ahead.
This prayer is comforting
Good work Pastor may God help you with his work and may God bless you amen
Hello I'm 82 years old Donald Higgins and I have a daughter who is 60 who has a disease called dystonia, causing the muscles to cramp and not be released just like you had a charlie horse that would never quit. She can still praise God and be used by him I praise him he is a great good God and through his son Jesus Christ we have access to Him.
Very Special in my heart. Love you God. Let thy work be not in vein. Thanks for loving us so very very much
Thank you. Pastor Nat.
Thanks, great reading we do all suffer to one degree but one needs to persevere and keep going. I really think our country is going through a time of perseverance with Biden at the helm but we’ll get past even this.
Lord Jesus, I need your mercy and grace to push through life's trials. Lord, psalm 46 teaches us that You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need. I come to you in faith knowing you hear our prayers. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord thank You for being so so good to me. I am grateful that You are my comforter in my season of suffering. I am able to come to You for guidance and strength. I know that my suffering is for the good and that it doesn't last always. My faith and trust are in You Lord. In Your Son Jesus name I pray, Amen.
We can do all things-- even the most difficult things-- through Christ because our strength comes from Him.
Paul teaches us that what I suffer today, doesn’t to compare to the glory of eternal life In the presence of the triune God. The resurrected Messiah says to us, “As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline...” (Rev 3:19). Father, please give me the strength, patience,and discipline to be a faithful servant and steward of Your Grace.... Amen.
Father, I'm thankful for our Redeemer who is our Lord and Savior. Amen.
To live is Christ and to die is gain. Jesus suffered for us we should live with the attitude of Him for the joy set before Him He endured the cross despised the shame. Lord Jesus may we be a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to you which is our reasonable service. Amen
Thank you Lord that we can stand on your precious promises when we are going through difficult times. One such promise comes to mind over in Roman's 8:16 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. CSB
'Glorious God, Beautiful King Excellent God, I bow before Your throne' Father, ABBA, Baba we come in the name Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour to thank you ' ... knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.' May all our sufferings be for Christ sake and may it cause 'grace to extend to more and more people that it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.' Help us Father, 'So we do not lose heart.' I am comforted by these words of Bro Paul preserved for us in the second epistle to the Corinthians. He continues 'Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:13‭-‬18 ESV Amen
God did this according to his eternal purpose, which he achieved through Christ Jesus our Lord. In union with Christ and through our faith in him we have the boldness to go into God's presence with all confidence. I beg you, then, not to be discouraged because I am suffering for you; it is all for your benefit. Ephesians 3:11‭-‬13 GNBDC
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! Ephesians 3:11‭-‬13 MSG
Thank you Heavenly Father for Your faithfulness, You have and will always be my strength. You are our all-knowing God, thank you for being above all.
Use Us Father, in any way that You See fit; not what we see fit, but You. Your Vision is far Clearer than ours. Our eyes and hearts are clouded by our human imperfections, but Yours See righteously. Holy Spirit, Please guide us in abiding in our Fathers Will for us. Amen