A Christian’s life…

Posted: July 6, 2009 by mimi in Devotional, Discipleship/Sanctification, Suffering

…is not guaranteed protection from hardships, trials, & pains in this life.  In fact, we are warned about it, that it WILL come, and when it does, to ENDURE.   1Pe 1:6  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
1Pe 1:7  so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

As my husband reminded me in his sermon this morning, if Jesus was not spared from trials yet persecuted even, then why should we be surprised that we should encounter sufferings?  If the apostles & those of faith of old were not spared suffering, then why should we expect differently?  Who are we?  If we are God’s chosen, we should embrace whatever trials may come our way, especially those choices in which we have chosen poorly or outright wrongly.

Jas 1:2  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
Jas 1:3  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Jas 1:4  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Even in this command, there’s a difficult struggle.  But, endure.  Seek Him.  Lean on His understanding, His strength, His joy, His power.

As human nature, a mortal sinful state, and as followers of Christ, of Whom the darkness is contentious & at enmity towards, we WILL be persecuted, ridiculed, criticized, scrutinized.  So do we cowar and remain quiet?  May it never be!   (Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,)

1Pe 1:6  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,
1Pe 1:7  so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

I dare say that all have encountered trials in many ways than one, believer and non alike.   But to those who believe, oh the blessed assurance!   This life is tainted.  Seek God in it.  Deal with it.  and praise Him still!   This time is passing.  A new day is coming… HALLELUJAH!

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