Temptations or trials are a kind of test or exam
Good day, my dear friends!Thank Lord for this beautiful day He gave to us! Thanks to God for another opportunity to get filled with His living word! We continue our discussion about how not to give up at the time of troubles and temptation. Yesterday we spoke about the necessity to know that when we are walking through the problems in our life God keeps all our situations under control having already prepared a solution for us. Today I would like to continue this topic and show you that temptations or trials are a kind of test or exam. It can either put a shame on you and take the Spirit of glory away from you or you will rejoice and get excited of the honour to pass this test. Just like the following verse of Scripture says:
«Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. But because you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also you may rejoice with exceeding joy. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified. For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters. But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.» (1 Peter 4:12-16).If you arm yourself with the knowledge that problems and trials are a test to all of us, and once it´s passed we receive a certain reward from God, then a holy desire to win given by God will be awaken within you. None of you is born willing to be a loser in this life. We all desire to win, but no win where is no battle. For the problems and trials are those battles we either get defeated or celebrate the victory at. Going through hardships and pain in our life, we better understand the price, Jesus paid for our salvation. «…you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings…».God wants us to follow principles of the Bible, just like Jesus did, even when having irresistible temptations and strong pain. He also wants us to make sure that all the troubles and hardships are not caused by our worldly way of life: «…let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters ». If you suffer for being a Christian, be not ashamed, because blessed you are and the Spirit of glory, God´s spirit rests on you.»Be patient and strong, so that you can get through all your hardships and problems. Be sure, there is a light and glory waiting for you at the end of this dark tunnel. Only those who get through, obtain experience and wisdom in their life; they become a powerful tools of God´s glory, through them God implements His solutions for the problems of the other people.Dear friends, focus not ourselves on sufferings, pain or problems, but point your attention on the reward and the glory that are waiting for you at the end of the tunnel. In addition to this, you will receive power to reach that end.Be abundantly blessed!Rufus Adjiboye, pastor
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