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How Can Trials Be Considered Pure Joy?

In order to count a trial as joy, we have to get to the place where we know that we know God loves us, that He is sovereign and that we can trust in His sovereign purpose. Then, although we may not feel good in the trial, we can still count it as joy because we know there is PURPOSE in it.

We look ahead beyond the trial to the promises of God. We know God works ALL things together for good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God uses every situation to conform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and the more like Christ we become, the more intimate relationship we experience with God. For me, I can count it all joy knowing that I am growing closer in relationship with Him.  This is the greatest of all rewards.

It also helps to remember that Jesus promised to be with us and bring us through the trial. Knowing that the trial will come to an end and that Christ is in it with us gives us hope and hope results in faith and faith results in strength for the situation. Although we may “feel” alone in our trials, we can know that we are not. Christ promises He is always with us and will NEVER forsake us.

Understand and BELIEVE there is good purpose in your trial. KNOW the trial will come to an end.  This is not all there is. REALIZE the reward for your suffering is better than any sacrifice you may experience. LEAN on Christ’s presence and be STRENGTHENED by it.  Then you will be able to persevere and count it all joy when the trials of life suddenly come upon you.

Daniel 11:32b – Those who know their God shall be strong and do mighty exploits

For many, after they become a Christian, they are interested in searching out answers concerning the circumstances of their lives or to find the healing they need due to wounds received along their life journey. For me, my priority was to know MORE about who this God was that loved me so much. This verse was my life verse for a long time as I wanted to know my God so that I would be able to do mighty exploits. I continue on my journey with this same desire. I want to know more about and experience more of God each and every day. Because I have this desire, He continues to reveal more of Himself to me by the Spirit and His written Word.

We also learn more about God as He walks with us through the events of our lives. For example, He has delivered me out of some really traumatic circumstances and when He did, one of the things that happened is my understanding of who God is deepened. Tonight while reading in the book of Exodus, I realized the same thing was true for the Israelites. Think about it. God delivered Israel not when Egypt was at their weakest, but when they were strong and powerful!

The story of their deliverance goes like this. Even after Aaron’s staff became a snake and ate all of the snakes produced by the Pharaoh’s sorcerers, the Pharaoh’s “heart becomes hard…just as the Lord had said” (Exodus 7:13). It is clear that Pharaoh has not yet learned God’s identity. Now God sends a series of plagues to show the Pharaoh that He the Lord must be obeyed. As we read the story about the plagues it is evident that both Israel and Egypt would “learn to know” a little more about God through each plague.

The gnats were the first plague the magicians were not able to copy. The interesting thing is that all of Egypt was afflicted by this plague of flies. They filled the land, that is, everywhere except where the Israelites lived (8:20-24). What has God revealed to Egypt, the Israelites and to us in this event?

Here we see Yahweh, as our sovereign and all powerful God who is in control of everything that happens in our lives. Here we see that the disasters that had taken place were not just quirks of nature.  Then there were the locusts that ate all that was left after the hail and the darkness that covered the land – again except where the Israelites lived.  However, Pharaoh continues to dismiss Moses and his God. After all, He was Pharaoh.

There would be one more horrible plague that would free Israel. The angel of death would take every firstborn male in Egypt while God protected the Israelites giving them the instructions that would spare their children from death.  Finally, Egypt would not just free the Israelites, but they would demand they leave. God has demonstrated His authority in this one night over Pharaoh and all of Egypt’s gods.

God is revealed in the devastations and challenges of life. Without them, how would we know God? These events are a necessary part of life’s journey in order for us to know our God and do mighty exploits.

Week 4: A Scripture A Day — 1 Thess 2:4

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”
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As you share what the Scripture speaks to you and it’s application to our lives today, also consider:
– What does it mean that we were “allowed” of God…?
– In light of this word “allowed” consider Acts 9:20-25 which speaks of Paul’s actions when he first became a Christian.
-Has there been a time in your life when you were in a hurry to get that promotion or receive that promise but you had to wait?

Week 3: A Scripture A Day — 2 Cor 3:18

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“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor 3:18

When do you find yourself quoting this verse? When in a difficult situation? What does it mean “from glory to glory”? Share with us what this Scripture speaks to you. I look forward to reading your response.

1 Cor 1:27-29

I have to say that when God called me to relationship with Himself, He really reached into a foolish and weak heart. I would not have chosen Him had He not first chosen me.  To God be all the glory!

We sometimes look at someone’s life and we think they must be the “apple of God’s eye” while we judge another saying they could not possibly have as close a relationship.  Aren’t we basing our conclusions on appearance of some sort, i.e. position, influence, charisma, money, personality, friends? 

God sent Samuel to anoint the next King of Israel. Samuel saw Jesse’s son, Eliab, and judging from his appearance thought he must be the one God had chosen. But God tells Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7 that He sees a man’s life differently than what we do.  We are told that God looks on the heart. God had chosen the one who was out in the field – the “stinky” shepherd boy to be Israel’s next King. He chose David.

I remind myself to treat all men and women alike no matter what I may be tempted to think due to where they are (their position), how much money they have, who they run around with, what I have heard about them or what their physical appearance may be.  If we judge by appearances, like Samuel , we are sure to get it wrong.  Only God is wise! Only God can truly judge.

A Scripture A Day Discussion

bible-with-coffeeThe purpose of  “A Scripture A Day Discussions” is to encourage us to meditate upon Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate it’s wisdom and truth for our lives.

I would like to hear what you believe God is saying in the daily selected Scripture; what He is saying to you personally (if you want to share it) and how might we all apply this Scripture to our modern day lives.  Feel free to comment on others’ comments and let’s make this a discussion and learning experience. I will post a new Scripture by 5:00pm each Sunday for  discussion. Feel free to invite your friends to join us. I look forward to your participation!
Week One (May3-8):  

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (New American Standard Bible)

  27but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,  28and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,  29so that no man may boast before God.