1 Peter 1:6-9
 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  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:  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:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
“temptation” is any pressure that is put on the flesh.
1 Peter 4:12-13
 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.
Offense is rooted in unmet expectation. The greater the relationship, the greater opportunity for offense. You have the highest expectations of those you are closest to. When you are offended at someone, you are not able to see the person for who they are.
This is why the enemy wants us to be offended at God…so that we can’t see Him for who He is. Healer, redeemer, etc..
 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.  The sower soweth the word.  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
When we hear the Word, satan comes immediately to try and steal it out of our hearts because he knows what will happen, the power it will produce, if it takes root.
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
The trial wasn’t for the disciples sake. It was for the Word’s sake. Jesus will always have what He says. He had already told the disciples, “we go to the other side.” And it was because of this that the trial of the storm arose.. to try what He had already said. Jesus didn’t rebuke the wind for the disciples sake. He was so confident that He would have what He said, that He was sleeping on a pillow. Jesus rebuked the winds to prove the integrity of His words. He will always have what He says.
1 Peter 4: 12-13
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.
“Partakers” – means partnership.
Jesus suffered for 6 hours before He was even crucified. They beat Him with a reed to bruise His skin. Then with a cat of 9 tails. They placed a crown of thorns on His head, along with nails in His hands and feet. He knows what it means to suffer. He defeated death and He has all power in His hands. That is why He told us to get in the yoke with Him, because when we partner with Him, the burden is light.
 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
When you are going through a trial, keep your mind on the Word and watch what you say. Speak in line with God’s promises, because He will always have what He says.
In Genesis 22 God told Abraham to offer up Isaac as an offering. This was after God had already promised Abraham that Isaac would be his heir and successor through which he would pass the blessing. Abraham was obedient and did not waver at the promises of God. He spoke in line with the words God had already given Him. This is evident when Isaac noticed that they were going to make a burnt offering. He asked his father where the lamb was that they were going to sacrifice. To this, Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (v.8). In his mind, Abraham had developed a vision of God raising Isaac from the dead. When nothing in his natural surroundings gave him hope, it caused him to dream and formulate a vision. God needed him to develop that vision, and He used it for when His son was raised from the dead.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God has many different ways to accomplish something. Sometimes we try to come up with our own solutions to our life’s problems, and we take it to God expecting Him to do what we say. We must realize that He has many different ways to accomplish something, and we just need to trust Him to do what He said.
 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
“manna” means “what”.
Sometimes God will allow us to get to a place where we can’t see any way out. He does this so that He can show us His provision in a new way that no one could have seen before or told us about. A way in which He will get the glory. So if you’re going through something, and you can’t see how you’re going to get out of it, let your trials cause you to dream like Abraham did. If we never went through anything, we would never dream. If we always knew exactly how to fix something, we would never see God’s amazing provision.
Dr. Martin Luther King looked at a world filled with racism and unjust hatred. He knew that all men were created equal and deserving of the same liberties. He looked at the situation around him and used it to develop a vision of a better world….”I have a dream.”