Good morning! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The three in One Almighty God that gives us everything we need for this life and the one to come! Today we are discussing a perplexed subject that the devil uses often to keep God's power from working in us, the subject of suffering. We will be discussing his word from 1 Peter 1. We are pulling out our answer to this question, "Why do we go through grief and trails of many kinds after we are in Christ Jesus"?, from 1 Peter 1v7 These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.There are all kinds of suffering used for only one purpose and it is to know God, and once we know Him it is to prove to others that the only way we do know him is through our faith in Him, which invites others to have faith in Him so they to can truly know Him. As we have said many times before, the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Not the love of people but the love for Him in all we do. The Holy Spirit gives us new desires we have never had before, to be holy and true, knowing Him because we have faith in Him being all of who he is within us.
Many people ask me many times why does everything you do have to be about God, I always tell them because He is Holy is all he does, He has made me Holy in all that I do. This is who He has made me out of the faith I have in Him . All I do is for Him out of the love I have for Him, so therefor by faith I am shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. We rejoice in His love and power for us even though we may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trails we know through them His healing power works in us, through us and all around us controlling of our bodies to be healed, our relationships restored, and our circumstances to be changed. How do we know all this will happen? Because we are filled with Him inside, we are reborn, we have had a new birth of the Holy Spirit which gives us a living hope and an inexpressible and glorious joy, we are receiving daily the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls. We have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ , the sacrifice without blemish, through Him we believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so our faith and hope are in God. God raised Him and so He raises us.
We need to always check ourselves not only by how we speak, but by our behaviors. Are our behaviors changing through our trails,because we have received this living hope that never ends and this inexpressible and glorious joy? A joy that is unspeakable and inexplicable. Are we being built into a spiritual house built by the hands of God on the foundation of Jesus Christ? If our faith is being built up our trials will effect us less and less because we are receiving what He wants to give us. We have a great desire to be God's Holy people through the Holy Spirit, His children kept free by God's power, because we believe in Him. If you are not receiving all of Him inside you, but you want to know Him, to be kept free, guarded by His love, peace, and joy with an on going living hope? Then tell Him you want to know Him, repent of your sins, confess you do not know Him because you do not know his behavior inside you, the change and the rebirth. Tell Him you want to receive Him living inside you, tell Him you want to know Him more and more everyday, you want Him to be your Lord and Savior. Tell Him today and He will come, and He will be your God and you will be His elected people, but only if you truly believe He is your Lord and you truly need Him to be your Savior will he come inside you before your desires and behaviors change. He then will keep you and guard you with His love here and now until eternity. Thank you Father for your discipline, you discipline us to prove our faith in you is genuine, and my living hope is in your Son Jesus Christ that we will pass the test through our trails and grow in faith giving Him the glory of being your Savior!
Vocabulary- Greek translation
elect- eklektos- ek-lek-tos- means the best of its kind. Christains are called "chose or elect" of God's reborn children.