Friday, August 12, 2011

ENCOURAGEMENT - TRIAL OF OUR FAITH

Saturday, August 13, 2011
I Peter 1: 6,7
In this ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold trials. That the trials of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of JESUS Christ.

II Timothy 2: 11-13
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall live with Him; If we suffer, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, He also will deny us; If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful; HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF.

WHY DO THE GOOD SUFFER?

JESUS said, "why do you call me good, there is one Good, my Father who is in heaven."

What is the reason for suffering? All of us will suffer at one time or another, WHY? The verses in I Peter and II Timothy, give an answer to that timely question. The answer they give is that we are being refined through fire, to bring forth the preciousness that is greater than gold. That preciousness will endure to the coming of the LORD. Trials have a beginning and an ending; they do not last longer than we can endure. They are for the purpose of refining the spirit of man, shaping him into the image of JESUS Christ and it is eternal.

I we die with Him, we will be raised with Him; if we suffer with him, we will reign with him. JESUS goes through the fiery trials with us, so that we are never alone. Tribulation works patience; patience, experience; experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed for the Love of GOD is shed abroad in Christ JESUS. GOD NEVER WASTES ANYTHING; He will work all things together for good, even the trials.

BE ENCOURAGED; GOD IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR TROUBLE TURNING ALL THINGS TO THE GOOD

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