“The Fiery Trials”

Posted: January 20, 2017 in Christian Life, Decision Making, First Peter

1 Peter 4:12-19

The pop quizzes and periodic exams. Remember them and how you hated it when you didn’t have time to study for them? But even though you might be out of school, you still will continue to have tests, trials, and choices to make in life. Will you pass or fail the tests?

Responses. How we respond to adversities in life often indicates what is truly in us. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Christians can/should respond differently than unbelievers. What kind of attitude or mindset does God want His children to have?

Strange? We shouldn’t think it strange that we encounter fiery trials while we’re here on earth (1 Peter 4:12). Too many people have been told that if they simply trust in Christ as their Savior, all their problems will be over. That simply isn’t true. While your biggest problem has been solved if you are a true believer, in that you won’t have to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46),  you will have other problems as long as you are here on earth because the devil isn’t happy about your being saved. He knows that he can’t take our salvation from us (John 3:16; 10:28, 29), but he will try to make our lives as miserable and as ineffective as he can (1 Peter 5:8). Jesus told His disciples to expect to suffer opposition from the devil and his crowd (John 15:20; 16:33). Yes, Christians often do suffer unjustly (2 Timothy 3:12).

Refined. God often allows His children to be put in the smelting pot to purge out the dross from our lives: self-love, self-pity, pride, bitterness, etc (Colossians 3:8). But thankfully, He controls the temperature and the time of our time in the furnace (1 Corinthians 10:13; Job 23:10).  His purpose is to conform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 12:2).

Rejoice. As strange as it may seem, God wants His children to rejoice while they are in the midst of suffering that lasts only for a short time here on earth (1 Peter 4:13, 14; See Romans 8:18). After being beaten for proclaiming the Gospel of Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, the early disciples rejoiced to think that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name (Acts 5:40, 41). Would you have done that?

Glorify God. We can/should do this by making God/Jesus known to those around us (1 Peter 4:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31). While Jesus walked here on earth, He did everything to make the Father known to people (John 5:18, 19; 17:4). He was/is God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-11). Christians can/should display the life of God by being “filled with God the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) and then displaying the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the appropriate time, place, and for the right reasons (Galatians 5:22, 23).

Commit. When God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7), He gave to mankind a spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The spirit of man is related to the mind (Ephesians 4:23). It is the only part of the Christian that is currently saved (1 Corinthians 6:17; See Romans 8:16). The soul is associated with the emotions (Psalm 42; Matthew 12:18; 26:38 ). This won’t be saved until the time of the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9). The material part of the Christian (his body) won’t be saved until that time too (Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:2).

Concern. Are you only concerned about being carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease while other were persecuted for their faith in God so you and others could be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Every true Christian will suffer with Christ at some time in his life (Romans 8:17, 18; 2 Timothy 2:12), but not all Christians suffer for the Lord in the same manner (2 Corinthians 11:21-33; Hebrews 11:32-40). The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits believers who lead others to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you do your part?

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