There are 5 examples shown in the Word that give a purpose to trials we endure:
Persecution | Planting |Purging
Proving | Producing
“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
• We should be asking if there is something that needs to be purged from our life.
• As the word is going forth, think about what you are going through and ask if there is something that needs to be purged out of you in the process of the trial.
• Sometimes we minimize other people’s pain. Our trial may not seem like a lot to someone else but it doesn’t lessen what we feel in the trial.
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
• God has a way of working things out of you during your trial.
• “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.” Proverbs 17:3
• Trial will test what is in you. It brings what’s really in our heart to the surface.
• Even if you’re the reason for the trial, God can still use it for your good.
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
• 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that we are to be whole in every sense: mentally, physically, spiritually.
• God can take what you are going through and use it to improve your life. He doesn’t allow us to be content with where we are.
• Sometimes we cry over things that God purges from our life when He is trying to do something bigger.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
• “Behold” means that what your attention is being called to is already there. Jesus told Peter to behold…
• Jesus tells Peter (Simon) that Satan wants to have him. He forewarns him of an upcoming trial. He didn’t say that he wouldn’t go through the trail but he prayed that Peter’s faith wouldn’t fail and when he is converted that he would strengthen others.
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.”
• In verse 19, Jesus is offering the bread. In verse 20, he offers the cup and in verses 21-24, he reveals that one of the twelve would betray him.
• Peter was the first to know who Jesus was. He was the first to receive revelation of Jesus. (Matthew 16:16-17)
• When God has a plan for your life, even if you mess it up, God will still give you a chance to make it right.
• During Peter’s trial, he denied Jesus three times! On the other side of Jesus’ resurrection he asked Peter three times, “do you love me?”
• God will always give you a chance to prove that you are ready to pass the test.
• Peter went through a trial. He was converted and then he preached and strengthened others.
• Why go through something that someone has already been through? Learn from their trial! When Jesus was confronted by the mother of the son’s of Zebedee about a position, he responded with a conversation about the price.
• When you have a chance to be in the presence of someone who has the position that you would want in life, don’t talk about position. Talk about the price. Too many want to talk about the position and too few want to talk about the price.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 9:45AM Service