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God Won’t Waste Your Pain-P.4 (11.13.16)

By November 14, 2016 No Comments

1 Peter 1:6-9 
[6] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: [7] 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: [8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Temptation isn’t always synonymous with sin. Biblically, temptation is any pressure that is put on the flesh. So when you go through “manifold temptations” it is a trial of faith.

Faith come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Faith isn’t necessarily just belief. It is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1), and it comes when you hear the Word of God.

You can’t have true faith without it being tested. The point is that the trial of faith leads to trust. (“…for a season, if need be…” ) We will be tested in our faith many times in life, and the result of it , to us, will be more precious than gold.

Isaiah 54:14-17
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

God is saying,”I know what the enemy is up to. He may be forming a weapon against you, but I’m telling you that it wont prosper. I can use it for your good and My glory.”

The faith you have in someone is based on their character, and the level at which you trust them. God wants us to have faith in Him. But how would you know that He is a provider if you’ve never had a need? How would you know that He is a healer if you’ve never been sick. The enemy may form weapons against you, but God wants to show you that you can trust Him. Faith must be coupled with trust, and delay isn’t denial.

Abraham was promised an heir by God. Ultimately he waited 25 years for that promise to manifest. You can see that the journey in those years changed Abraham and how he trusted God. Around year 10, when God called to Abraham, he answered, ” Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless..(Genesis 15:2). However, after the 25 year wait, and after Isaac, the promised son, had grown some, we can see that Abraham had learned to trust God by the way he responded to the trials of his faith. When God told him to offer up Issac as a sacrifice. Abraham was obedient saying, “God will provide himself a lamb…” (Genesis 22:8). Abraham had come to the point of trusting God enough to know that He would keep His word.
Romans 1:17
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:11
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

When your faith is tested, it is a trust test. Not so God knows he can trust you, but so that you know that you can trust God.
Our faith , when it is tried and tested, will come out with purity.The enemy may be turning up the heat, but it is God who is purifying the gold.

If you trust God, you will come out better  and stronger, rather than bitter.

There will be some things in life we go through that we will never understand this side of heaven. Right now we see “through a glass darkly”, but when we are with Jesus we will understand.

God will change someone’s heart for their good and His will…but not for your good or will.

When we are tested, there is a correct response.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10
[8] For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: [9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: [10] Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us ;

This was a life and death crisis for them, but they had the correct response of faith. They had the answer to what they faced, the Word. “…that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead…”

The reason a test is given is to test your knowledge. Do you know the right answer to the test of your faith? If you handle your test/trial right, you’ll either end up with what you wanted, or God will have changed your want. You’ll either come out with what you desired, or God will have changed your heart so you wouldn’t desire the thing anymore. Sometimes the trial can change what you wanted.

James says that we should count it as joy when we are tested.

James 1:2-4 
[2] My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

“Count” means to calculate, or come up with an equation that ends with joy.  You need to know what to add to the equation to make it end with joy.

Example:
12+____=15
the answer is 3.

So,
Problem + _____  = Joy
the answer is the Word.

Proverbs 15:23
[23] A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it

Find the scripture that applies to your situation and put your faith in that. When you already have the answer to whatever you’re facing, that gives you joy.

Acts 16:23-32 
[23] And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: [24] Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. [25] And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. [26] And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. [27] And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. [28] But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. [29] Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, [30] And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? [31] And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. [32] And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Paul and Silas had been beaten and locked up. Their response was to praise God out loud. God responded by breaking them free. All the doors to the jail opened. Others saw this and started to show them honor. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” God will break you out of whatever you’re in. And you will be able to use that trial to help others.

Your season of trial and hardship can end with an “and suddenly”.

Wake up your enemy by passing the test! God will equip you to get through whatever season you’re in. Anyone can praise God in the good times, but what will you do when you’re being tested? How will you respond when you can’t see any natural reason to praise God?

Isaiah 61:1-3
[1] The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; [2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord , and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; [3] To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified.