Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1 Peter 4:12
Why the trial?
• Offense is rooted in unmet expectations.
• It’s actually not strange, you’re not alone.
• The enemy likes to isolate us in our trial. He comes behind isolation with exaggeration.
• Trials could turn us into victims if we allow it.
• Change the way you see the fiery trial.
• When we don’t understand something’s purpose, abuse is inevitable. What if we could determine the purpose of a trial? What if we could glorify God in the trial?
• John 10:10 teaches us that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
• Though we walk through trials, all things are working together for our good. (Romans 8:28).
There are 5 examples shown in the Word that explain or give a purpose to trials that we endure:
1. PERSECUTION – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2 Timothy 3:12-14
• Whatever God creates brings Him glory when it does what He created it to do.
• There is a position and posture that God wants your life in. That position is not depression or anxiety.
• The word says to continue in the word although, today, it is counter culture.
• Creation will always be primary, culture will always be secondary.
• If you are God’s, there will be a target on your back.
• “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
• “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.” Psalms 119:98
A. Good seed
• “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Matthew 13:19-21
• The word you are hearing is the one that gets challenged. So if you are hearing a word on finances, often times, your finances will get challenged.
B. Bad seed
• “Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” Hosea 10:13
• You have to recognize when you are sewing bad seed. You cannot blame the enemy for what you are reaping when you are the one who sewed it.
• “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10
• You can’t move cities, or churches and escape God’s jurisdiction.
• “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” John 15:2
• Don’t get so caught up in your present moment that you make permanent decisions to resolve temporary circumstances.
“Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;” Deuteronomy 8:16
• Trials are God’s way of producing the optimal life.
• God can use the trial as His step stool.
• “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10:28-30
• If you get out of the furnace because of the trial, you miss the optimal return.
• “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:10