Sunday, October 9, 2011

Be Still SONday



I received the following letter from a very special friend’s mom after meeting her the other day.    Her words are filled with wisdom, life and His love.   It is no coincidence that her words spill over with the ones I have been sharing here for a long time, and especially most recently.   God knows our hearts, hears our prayers, and answers them in the most amazing ways.

May they bless you today, and remind you, to place all of your hope in GOD!    For He alone desires to be your all in all!

Thinking about you, and I had a few thoughts taken from a recent message I heard. 

I Pet 4:12-13 says, “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.” 

We often find ourselves in very lonely places in our Christian experiences.  Whether  we feel estranged in a church, or set aside in a sick bed, or somewhere in between, we can enjoy the presence and understanding of the Lord who Himself feels our pain. 

How lonely our Lord must have felt when all of His disciples slept while He prayed and then deserted Him. 

Wisdom is seeing things from God’s viewpoint.  Joy comes from a deep inner peace from abiding in Christ, not from our circumstances. 

The source of our trials can come from various sources.  It can be ourselves, others, a fallen world, Satan…Some trials God sends, some trials He allows.  If I don’t understand the ways of God, I will be left in frustration.  We must believe we are NOT victims.  God is in control of everything.  We are never victims if we are a child of God.  To see ourselves as victims is to displace God I our life. 

There is a specific purpose for any trial that we may experience.  God is in control of time and the intensity of our trial. 

We only see the present.  God sees the future and our place in it.  After all He wants us to be conformed to the image of Christ.  That will of necessity be a lonely road.  He will change our circumstances when we have learned a given lesson from a given place.  The key is to abide in Him and in the Word. 

Some purposes for trials:
1.       Test or prove our faith I Pet 1:6-7
2.       Test our devotion to Christ
3.       To purify us – sanctification
4.       Demonstrate God’s love and power in our lives
5.        To produce a Christ like spirit in us
6.        To equip us 2 Cor .1:3-4

God will provide what you need when He knows you need it!  Jesus is coming soon and these trials will seem so small.



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