Suffering in the flesh
What does it mean to suffer in the flesh? It means to deny yourself of what the flesh craves that will hinder you from your purpose in Him. It does not mean sickness and disease.
If we are to walk victoriously and fulfil purpose, we must suffer in the flesh i.e deny the flesh of what it wants to do that pulls us away from purpose.
1 Peter 4: 1-2
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Lets look at Moses
24By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Moses, whom the bible describes as the meekest man on earth in his time was only able to attain this and to be used mightily of the Lord because he choose to crucify the flesh. He could have enjoyed the fame of being called ‘the son of pharaohs daughter’. If he choose that way, he would have lived differently and possibly his name might not be in our bibles today.
Moses choose to ‘suffer affliction’ with the people of God that to enjoy sin for a season. This is what it means to ‘suffer in the flesh’.
Lets look at Paul
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
What a wonderful verse.
Brethren, suffering in the flesh is part of the package if we are to be true disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This will mean different things to different people, it all depends on where you are in your walk with the Lord. For some it will mean, waking up earlier to pray, denying the flesh of extra sleep, for some it will mean reduced television watching time, for some it will mean relocating to where you need to be. To some it will mean keeping quiet when someone really annoys you, the list goes on.
Moses paid the price and so did Paul to fulfil their purpose. If we are to fulfil our purpose in Christ, we must pay the price. But remember, it pays to serve the Lord.