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JOYFUL IN TRIBULATIONS

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
in honor giving preference to one another; 11not lagging in
diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in
hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

The Holy Bible, New King James Version

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 for you married people, 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 (oh, oh, 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.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THAT ONE AGAIN

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. (1Corinthians 15:10)

Can we, is it possible, as did 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 12:8-10)

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 has gone unaffected by the unfailing love of Just God?

So 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. Yes, 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.


How great it is then 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 hand controls the thermostat.

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
.  (James 1:2-4)

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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