The Father has got many methods to bring out our
fruit and how to mature us for greater things and greater
responsibilities in the Kingdom. Here is one of them...
1 Peter 4:12-13 (New King James Version)
- Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is
to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 - but
rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that
when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
when Peter says beloved he is meaning saints of God who are precious to
Him and that includes us. A fiery trial is something that I have been
living in for three years now.
For three years I have been waking
up chronically depressed because of too much sleep and yet I can't get
out of bed as I am just too tired. The doctors don't know how to fix
it, but it seriously hampers my life. I have fought it by staying up
all night twice a week and having fun.
Of late I have been having more of the presence of the Lord life when I get up and this has put the depression at bay.
are to make us stronger. Fiery trials you might say are more serious
and hurt much more than just a day to day trial. We have to be
conformed to Christs image, so how can we get to that place without
suffering like He did as he cried most nights because of all the
hurting on the earth that He couldn't reach. Isaiah 53 says that Jesus
was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
something like partaking of Christ's sufferings that makes you get so
much closer to the Lord Jesus. When you weep like him over the lost and
how many people are going to hell, and you can't warn them all, you
draw closer to Jesus in the process.
Some people in my life have
been saying that my face is a bit shiny and what they are seeing is a
touch of the Glory of the Lord on my face. You see the more you cry,
the more you weep over the things that made Jesus weep, the closer you
com to the heart of God and the more of his anointing he drops on your
life. The more you are anointed, the more the trials come to make you
press in further in your relationship with Jesus and the Father
you have prayed to be refined by the Lord or you have prayed with all
your heart to be used in the Kingdom in a big way, well don't be
shocked when a fiery trial comes into your life.
God allows trials for two major reasons:
1. So that as you experience your fruits of the Spirit will grow as well as your faith.
So he can prove that talk is not cheap when it comes to you. Many
people want to be used and have a big ministry and a huge anointing and
they say all this to the Lord and then mid way through the first trial
they are getting upset with the Lord and begging for it to stop. These
are the people that give up on their dreams as they cannot deal with
the Refiners Fire in their life.
So readers if you want to do big
things for God and you are having a very hard trial, let me encourage
you to keep praising God and push though. I am proud of you.
readers who want to do big things and have read this, as sure as I am
about my own Salvation, let me say God is going to test you in some
Matthew Robert Payne
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