My brethren, count
it all joy when ye fall into divers
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
What comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘joy’? For most
people, they would associate this word with a positive experience such as, a favorite
dish of food, or a frosty cold drink on a blistery hot summer day. Some would
even relate this word to a comical or touching movie, a vigorous workout, or even
a spirited “debate”.
Now if you were really spiritual you might have responded to this
question by saying, joy reminds me of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. Wow!, how commendable.
However, just try using the word ‘joy’ and the word ‘affliction’ in the same sentence
and people will consider you significantly challenged, even strange.
But perhaps it’s not that strange after
all for we read in 1Peter, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But
(o, o, here comes the “R” word) REJOICE. (1Pe. 4:12,13)
How could the
Apostle Paul make such a statement? Because he had come to learn, trials and hardships being his instructors,
that each of these presented him the opportunity of manifesting the life of the
Lord Jesus Christ through his reactions to them.
For this to take place in our lives we are
going to have to develop some godly habits when it comes to our response to trials.
Understand this, it has been ordained from the very lips of the FATHER that if
you are His child, you will have your life (faith) severely tested in the fiery
furnace of affliction. There are no exceptions, and certainly there are no exemptions.
Now we can either go along dragging our
heals and resisting the work of God all the way, or we can relax and enjoy the
process knowing that God is going to be glorified in the process.
Manifesting the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST
in our bodies does not happen by accident but stems from a life that is constantly
relying and taking advantage of the grace of God.
we, is it possible, like the Apostle Paul, come to enjoy difficulties. We can
if we have the proper perspective on things. And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may
rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities,
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am
I strong. (2Corinthians
The Bible admonishes us in 2Corinthians
13:5; “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test
yourselves.” We must ask our selves this question, Is my life a true reflection
and manifestation of my LORD and Savior, or is it merely displaying the ‘basic
irritations’ of a life which is unaffected by the unfailing love of just God.
how do we pull this one off? Simply by having an acute awareness of our need for
God and a willingness to SURRENDER to His leadership. Only then can the LORD move
to the forefront of our lives. Yes, we must be alert; constantly bringing every
thought into captivity that would exalt itself. If not, we will give way to self
pity and complacency when are faith is tested.
We must stand ready to
view our circumstances as the means God is using to exhibit the saving and redeeming
life of His Son to a lost and dying world. DOESN’T THAT EXCITE YOU? IT SHOULD!
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I
shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now
also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I
live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour (Phil 1:20-23)
Know this, if God draws you into a trial
His grace will also be made available for you to bear up under it. Scriptures
reminds us, that love bears all things, (EVEN TRIALS – emphasis added.) Discovering
this truth should be liberating to the point where we actually begin to look forward
with anticipation and enjoyment how God’s glory is going to be made manifested
in our mortal bodies.
Yes how great it is to know and understand
what God is doing in the midst of our suffering. And how much grater also is it
to know that it is He who is orchestrating our circumstances. Although we will
be thrust in the fiery furnace of affliction, it is He whose had controls the