Trials

Your trial is someone else’s hope. The word of your testimony of the faithfulness of God in your trial will bring light into someone else’s darkness. Our obedience through the trial is endurance that brings the glory of God. Somehow we think that obedience protects us from harm, yet that is not the purpose of obedience.  The cross was the ultimate act of submission, it led Christ into harm’s way.

1 Peter 1:7King James Version (KJV)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:

Paul and Silas were jailed for freeing a slave girl from an evil spirit.  They were stripped, severely beaten and chained in the deepest part of the prison.  Their response was to sing and praise God for all the other prisoners to hear.  Heaven responded and all the doors flew open and the chains fell off of every prisoner.  The jailer and his family were saved.  Paul and Silas were escorted to freedom by the officials.  Instead of convalescing, they went to a gathering of fellow believers and encouraged them.

From this we learn your praise in the fiery trial will free you and those around you.  It will bring help from the most unlikely of places. Impossible circumstances will be the perfect setting for God to show His miraculous intervention.  People around you will fall before The Most High and they will be full of joy.  The oppressors in your life will become your helpers.  The body of Christ will be encouraged and fed by the testimony of your faithful God.  Your choice to praise in the trial turns the intended harm into the glory of God.  Truly, this is the sacrifice of praise brought before the Father that rises like sweet incense.

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