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: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
1 Peter 4:12-13
• Glory is revelation. To reveal something is to see its glory.
• Have faith in the fires, on the other side, you’ll see that God was there.
• The enemy wants us to think the trial is strange so that we become offended.
• A revelation is when something that is present that you were not aware of is uncovered or made known.
• There will be amplified joy on the other side of your trial.
“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.”
• Repent. “Re” means turn. “Pent” means highest. Repent means return to the highest
• There is joy after Jesus, exceeding joy.
• The enemy’s agenda is to get you offended and out of the will of God.
• Romans 10… faith & the enemy comes after you’ve heard the word
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
• Paul was offended at Jesus when he was in prison. The enemy loves to get us offended at our loved ones when we are in our prisons.
• Offense causes us to go look for another when we shouldn’t.
• Offense causes us to want to separate.
• Don’t let your trial make you forget what God has already brought you through.
• If you can go through persecution and not get offended, you are blessed.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
• The blessing of God is a spiritual endowment.
• “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22
• The blessing of God is not to be taken lightly.
• The tangible things we see in our lives are not blessings, they are the result of the blessing on our lives.
• No man can curse whom the Lord has blessed.
• When you let what man says about you bother you, you put too much weight on their words.
• Persecution positions you to be blessed.
• The enemy will not stop until you are offended at God.
“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”
• “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6
• Because friends are close to you, the enemy wants to use them to offend you so that he can eventually get you offended at God.
• Offenses will come, woe to them who the offense comes.
• Don’t deposit your offense in somebody else’s heart.
• There will be people who want us to carry their offense.
• When you become a carrier of offense, you’ve gone from a being a king to being a pawn. You also forfeit the blessing of God for yourself.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Luke 6:22-23, 27-28, 31, 35-38
• When people offend you, they set you up to sow forgiveness!
• Choose to sow and whatever you sow, good or bad, will be what you can expect to reap.