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"Edify, Encourage, and Comfort Me"
"Giving God Praise and Thanksgiving in Strange and Troubled Times"
|Posted on 11 November, 2011 at 11:13|
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.
As I reflect on the goodness of God, His divine protection, His loving kindness and tender mercies, His grace, His unmerited favor, His unfailing and unconditional love for me - my soul becomes full of praise and thanksgiving!!!
Life can be full of ups and downs, some good days and some bad days. But for certain, when you are in Christ Jesus, you shall experience more ups than down, and your good days shall always out weights your bad days.
In this life, you will face trials and troubles of many kinds. If you focus solely on your problems, eventually you will believe that disappointment is your destiny. It is not. Jesus has overcome every evil obstacle. If you focus on God’s power, love, glory, grace and mercy, you will begin to realize that all great things are possible with God.
Many believers in Christ Jesus, thought that their troubles will be over and/or they will no longer be confronted with opposition. This is far cry from the truth. The Apostle Paul attests to this claim in
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.
Peter declares that it is not a strange or unusual thing for the people of God to experience trouble and be persecuted for righteousness sake.
As an active believer through faith, you become a threat to the kingdom of darkness. Therefore, the kingdom of darkness (Satan and his imps) will rage war against you because you now represent Christ – the kingdom of God. The kingdom of darkness will always attempt to kill, steal and destroy every good work of Christ and every regenerated soul in an attempt to win back your soul and ultimately win the souls of all mankind, as a continued defiance to God, unto all eternal damnation.
His (Satan and his imps) primary tactic to wage war against you is often through the ones that you love, the ones that are the closes to you – when they give him an open door to operate through them to get to you i.e. unforgiveness, resentment, envy, jealousy, hate etc. You must pray for their deliverance from the snare of Satan who has taken them captive to do his bidding.
Satan and his kingdom of darkness are already defeated foes of Christ Jesus. This is why Jesus admonishes the believers in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
We are a spirit, that posses a soul and lives in a body. The bible declares that no one is except from trouble. Therefore, we shall experience a vast range of emotions from time-to-time i.e. sadness, frustration, disappointment, anger, betrayal etc. Experiencing these various types of emotions does not indicate any weakness or distrust in Christ Jesus. What it demonstrates is that you are a spirit, that posses a soul and lives in a body in a wicket and fallen world.
We must always be in a state of prayer, repentance, praise and thanksgiving; always seeking the face of God in all things: for his wisdom, knowledge, direction and revelation. We must be willing to obey the voice of God by our act of obedience through faith.
1 John 4:4, You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!
Categories: November 2011