NECESSARY TRIALS

And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them,
and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD ~Eze 43:24

The reference to salting the sacrifice is of course to that maxim of the Levitical law, that every acceptable sacrifice must be sprinkled with salt, to express symbolically its soundness, sweetness, wholesomeness, acceptability {JFB}

What relationship does this have on our lives today? Well, acting in our newly bestowed positions as kings and priest (Revelation 1:6), we realize that we are that sacrifice that needs to be salted. We see this principle brought forth in Mark's Gospel, chapter Nine, verse forty-nine;

For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt

What this is telling us is that every genuine follower of the Lord Jesus Christ must be salted with "fire" that is with "fiery trial." This salting by trial not only produces a "well seasoned saint", but it symbolizes the soundness, sweetness, and readiness of the sacrifice.

Romans 12:1 says, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Listen to the following verses and tell yourself just how vital, that is necessary, trials are to your sanctification and spiritual well-being.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you - To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. 1Pe 4:12 James 1:2 1Pe 5:10

When it comes to Necessary Trials in our lives we must trust our Sovereign and Infinitely Wise Lord. For it is by His Hands these are directed into our lives. Listen with great encouragement to the following verses:

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction . Job 23:10, Ps 66:10, Pr 17:3, Isa 48:10

Although these trials may be fiery in their intensity, and manifold in their character, nevertheless we can persevere with all joyfulness and peace of mind because we are kept by the power of God. In fact the next time you find yourself in the midst of the fire, don't be surprised if you turn around and bump into the Lord Jesus Himself.

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Daniel 3:24,25

There is both a security and a beauty in Necessary Trials. The security in our trials is that God keeps us in each and every one of them. And the beauty of our trials is the end product, and that is they resound to the praise, honor, and glory of the Lord Jesus at His appearing. Now that's encouraging! Amen ~ MARANATHA

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Peter 1:6,7

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Whether By Life Or Death
Brother Dan

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Sources For This Devotional
(1) More Than Conquerors -
An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation - By: William Hendriksen
(2) New Advent:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12219b.htm