1Peter Chapter 1 v 6-7. You should be exceeding glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that the genuineness of your faith may be tested (your faith) which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire (this proving of your faith is intended) to redound to (your) praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
As the days to the end of age is approaching, I am noticing that so many Christians are under spiritual attack more than ever these days. The devil who has read the bible more than a lot of people knows that his days are short. You might be saying “The devil has read the bible? Yea how else did he quote scriptures to Jesus? The enemy knows your weaknesses, and that is where he seems to hit on, which is different for each individual in the body of Christ. Trials come in all different shapes and forms, and the enemy does not care which trial he uses to bring you down, just as long as the job is accomplished.
John 10 v 10 says, “The thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy” Now Jesus does not send the trails and temptations. Jesus came to give us life and give it to us abundantly John 10 v 10 also says. James chapter one verse 17 says’” Every good and perfect gift is from above, it comes down from the Father of all that (gives light) in whom there is no variation or shadow cast by His turning.” God is a good God and only good, giving us only good things, and the devil is evil, but in the process of life, we are tested as to what choices we are going to make. Let’s face it Saints, it’s one thing to sing about how strong we are when were in church, or as we go about our day when all is going well. It’s another thing when you have to live it out, like when they’re not enough money to pay the bills; your boss tells you you’re not needed anymore, thank you. It’s another thing when you’re facing foreclosure, or the doctor gives you a bad report, or your spouse leaves you for someone else, and your kids are going haywire on you.
Now suddenly you have to live out what you sing, and now that’s a different story, and it’s not as easy.
Be Glad, In the Midst of Mad? How?
1 Peter Chapter 1 v 6 tells us to be exceeding glad. Well is he crazy, or has he had too much to drink? Well the following verses tells that through these trials the genuineness of your faith is tested, and as the words in those songs we sing in church or the scriptures we like to quote to our friends makes its way down our own heads, way down the 18 inches to our own hearts, that faith will rise up from within us and shine forth as 24k gold.
Fire is what purifies and perfects gold, and the fire that comes along with the trials and temptations is what tests and purifies your faith as you make the choice to follow God no matter what. Remember the song “the cross before me, the world behind me”?. The Word says that your faith which is infinitely more precious than gold that perishes. Why ? because gold is a material substance and your faith is a seed planted within you by the Holy Spirit. The greater the testing, the greater the trail, the greater the fire, but the greater the quality of the gold of your faith comes forth in the long run. In the end, this will show forth to your praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ is revealed and a beautiful crown to be laid down before Him.
Anyone can put on a good show when things are going well, but it’s when things get tough, will the tough in Christ put on their army boots, pick up their sword and shield, put on the helmet of Salvation, the breast-plate of righteousness, take those songs and those scriptures and breathe them forth in power and authority by the Spirit of the Lord. You see it’s in those times that we prove to heaven, hell and everyone around us that we say what we mean and mean what we say, “Jesus and only Jesus is Lord of our lives!”.
O.K. not convinced were supposed to be happy in all these trials? Now I’m a faith preacher so I’m not saying to be happy for everything, because let’s face it, not everything is of God, but we can be happy and joyful if you please, in everything, because “Greater is He in us then he who is in the world”, and we are more than Conquerors through Jesus Christ, and there power wonder working power in the Blood of the Lamb.
Smile! You’re in The Midst of Problems!
Let’s look at another scripture which is in James 1 verse 2.
Consider it wholly joyful my brethren when you are enveloped in or encounter trails of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith brings out endurance, steadfastness, and patience. Now I’ll be honest with you; I never use to like these scriptures, because I did not like the idea of problems. But let’s take our heads out of the sand, and face the fact that problems are all around us, especially in the days we live it. So the Word is telling me when I’m enveloped in problems (in other words it’s all around me, underneath me and above me, and I’m stuck in the middle of it like quicksand, I’m supposed to be wholly joyful? They got to be kidding! Yes because as we stand fast on the Power of the Word of God, we will see our Mighty Deliverer come through for us, and in the process, our character will come shining forth in the very image and likeness of Christ. As we walk and live out the Word in spite of and through our trials, testing and temptations we will be manifested “As He is so are we in this world.” We will grow in Revelation through those trials that will have roots that will go deep into the soil of God’s Word in our hearts. We will say “Yes I sang about this for years, but now it’s a Rhema Word in my life, and I understand it and live it!”. It goes on to say that as endurance, steadfastness, (steadfastness on the Word of God that it is yea and amen no matter what that thing looks like feels like, smells like, or? The Word goes on to say that in the end, we will be a people that will be perfectly and fully developed (with no defects) lacking in nothing. We will be a bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish, awaiting her bridegroom.
My friend in the end that is all that’s going to matter anyway, right, and to hear “Well done, come into all that I have prepared for you.”
Pulling Down Strongholds While Walking On!
A scripture that the Lord has been reminding me often lately is
“The weapons of my warfare are NOT carnal but Mighty before God to the pulling down of strongholds” and “We are not dealing with flesh and blood but Powers and principalities, and spiritual wickedness of darkness”. Boy if the body of Christ can only get that! So when your husband or wife starts yelling at you about something, or just does not do the things you know they should be doing, or the kids wake up like they have been eating sugar all night long, and won’t listen, the boss is in a bad mood, the girls at church that you thought were your friends are now taking your dirty laundry all over town, etc., etc. Just remember your not dealing with flesh and blood, and your old carnal weapons like yelling back, getting even, or trying to get one up on them, etc, etc. won’t work either, cause that is exactly what the enemy wants that’s running the whole show anyway. No the weapons or your warfare, and that is exactly what it is, is warfare, with the enemy of your soul, that is looking to take you down any way he can. No, your weapons are your sword which is the Word of God. Your weapons are your shield which is your faith in Christ Jesus. Your weapons are the breast-plate of righteousness, which is right standing and right doing in Christ Jesus no matter what comes against you. Doing what you know is right in the sight of Jesus Christ, no matter what the other person is doing. Your weapon is your shoes of peace, keeping on you the peace of God in your heart and mind, trusting Him to work it out, and not lose your cool. Being strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might and standing steadfast against the wiles of the enemy to the pulling down of strongholds. In dealing with people, you may have to shut your eyes and repeat these scriptures to yourself and then ask Holy Spirit to give you wisdom in the situation and to see it from His eyes.
So Now that you’ve enlisted in the army of God, go forth with His Might and Power and endure and conquer, like a good soldier for the Lord.
For He is coming back soon and His reward is with Him!
Pastor Sarah Jansson
Heart of Mercy Ministries
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