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Words such as “glory” and “empowered” are exciting to those of us in the church.

We may think of outcomes and encounters as being positive all around, resulting in God being honored and people being released into a life following Jesus. But can we, along with the apostle Paul, assert that we also “glory in tribulations” (Rom. 5:3, NKJV)?

“What is the Spirit saying to the churches?” asked Daniel Lucero at Foursquare Connection 2016. Daniel, who serves as Foursquare Missions International (FMI) area missionary to Francophone Nations and West Africa, shared a testimony of a time when God tore him down to empower him for his calling. If the road to glory and empowering contains dysentery, diapers and dependence, are we willing to walk it?

Your own struggle might not be the roadblock to your ministry—it might be the very thing God intends to use. Watch Daniel’s QuickTalk and discover how the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings is central to our being empowered.

To see more from Connection 2016, click here.

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