Trials : Afflictions
| thu, february 18, 2009 |
After having spent time in the Word of God and in prayer
concerning the topic of trials and afflictions, I believe and interpret from the scriptures the following:
the short season we occupy this earth, starting with the first seconds after the acceptance of salvation until the hour we
are reunited with our Heavenly Father, the course in between will bring with it much affliction and the continued grief caused
by the ever-increasing sensitivity to sin.
Only after someone embraces salvation allowing the Holy Spirit within
to reveal the destructive effect of sin upon the soul of man can the dread of its consequences be felt. Only then, based on
the life changing alterations directly associated with the conviction of the Holy Spirit concerning sin, can one begin to
understand persecution associated with faith, and lastly, only when the Holy Spirit dwells within can the individual begin
to understand what it means, and feels like, to grieve the Holy Spirit as a direct result of sin not rejected even after truth
has been shown on the sin being embraced.
The thought of being free from sin, and of the temptations presented
in this world, for all eternity, once being reunited with the Heavenly Father, should cause the Christian to desire and anticipate
with increased fervor the arrival of such a glorious day, driving the Christian to strive daily for righteousness and a stronger
more intimate walk with God.
Each step with God brings the Christian to a place of deeper grieving towards sin.
This grieving is of the Holy Spirit and is the force behind continued rejection of sin and the eventual strength to overcome
These different continued temptations and encounters with sin are a form of trial, more in a spiritual
sense than in a physical, but what is encountered and overcome in the spirit has a direct affect on the physical. Only the
joy found in Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of things He has in store for the faithful Christian, offsets the heaviness found
in the afflictions and trials suffered.
The Christian must keep in mind that the trial and suffering is only for
a moment in relation to eternity, a single grain of sand in the greatest desert or the smallest atom when compared to the
infinite reaches of space.
The suffering of each difficult trial works for us to an exceeding and eternal weight
of glory, working always for the good of those that allow the Lord to be their guide. The Christian must always keep close
the understanding to not look unto the things that are seen, but unto the things which are unseen. That which is stored for
the faithful believer in the Kingdom of God, for the things of this world that are seen are only temporary while the unseen
things of the Kingdom of God are eternal.
This knowledge should help keep joy in the heart and spirit of the believer
as trials are endured, counting it a joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the trial of our faith works patience.
In the eyes of man these negative experiences should be viewed differently through the eyes of the believer, being
instead accepted with joy an the reassurance that the Heavenly Father will use these trails as a positive work, refining us,
and producing spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity comes through recognizing and then the rejection of the temptation
presented or comes after the believer falls into the snare the enemy as left, becoming aware to the sin (grieving the Holy
Spirit) and seeking God through repentance and desiring the strength and discernment to see and reject the temptation when
it is presented again.
A Christian will fall all though-out the walk of righteousness, continually corrected by
the Spirit of God, and only with the edification of the Holy Spirit is the believer capable of perceiving the trail or affliction
as an opportunity for positive faith and spiritual growth.
The Christian's victorious over trials come ether by
standing strong or by the grace of God to get back up after we have fallen in battle. When the believer allows the Lord to
use the trial for good and after His approving can victory be claimed.
Though victories come, the believer must never forget, upon their salvation the greatest victory has already
been won, the victory over death, won by our Lord and Savior, our Champion Jesus Christ.
God Bless, daniel
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that
we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.
Acts 20:32 ... and now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build
you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified.
Colossians 3:24 ...whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the
Lord, and not unto men; knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ.
1 Peter 5:4 And
when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me
a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all
them also that love his appearing.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
no one can snatch them out of my hand.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the
Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
1 Peter 1:3-6 Praise be to the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, 5 who
through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
James 1:2,3 Consider it pure joy,
my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding
glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Luke 21:19 In your patience ye
shall win your souls.
8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light
and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.