Summary: Being tested by fire
Tested By Fire
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
As Christians sometimes we think we should— just live life all honkey dory and nothing ever go wrong
We think we should never get sick,————— or ever have a headache
We think our car should never break down
Our air conditioners should never stop working..
Are kid’s should never run a fever…
Our lawn mowers never should break down
We think ever day of life should be like a revival service.
We think we should just be floating around on cloud 9 all the time
We think our family members should always get along with us
Even at holiday’s
But all of us know better right ?
Anyone who has been a Christian for any link of time knows that is far from the truth
In fact if you study the Bible at all…
You know that many people go through trials and tribulation.
Many of great men and woman of the Bible went through some bad things
But they like us———— found out ever day is not going to be peaches and cream!
The fact is if your a Christian ———-there is going to be some trials and test that we are going to have to go through..
There are some road blocks designed by God
That you are going to have to go through
—Just look at what Job—And what he had to go through —
Job lost everything he had
All his kids
All of his livestock
He lost it all
Job was a good man and the Lord allowed test to come to him
The bible says in
Job; was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil
He was a great man and yet he still got tested…
You know what that tells me
No one is excluded from the trials..
No matter how good you are
No matter how bad you are
Test are coming ……
-Just look at what king David had to go through-
He had to face a giant… In fact they sent him all alone to do that.
Then Saul his king tried to kill him.
He had to run for his life so many times from Saul
He lost a baby.
His own son tried to kill him and take over his kingdom..
He was constantly being tested by the Lord!
Now remember this is the man the Lord said was a man after His own heart
Church the bottom line is we are go to face some test
There are going to be some hard times.
There are going to be some days that feel like your prayers are no making it past the ceiling.
But when test come———— it does not mean that God does not love you
God is testing you to see if you truly love Him!
“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’
3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Some times we have to go through a test
Some times we have to go through a storm.
Some times the Lord sends some one through ——your path to offend you
You see sometimes God will test your patients…
He does this because ————-He wants to make sure that we love Him
He puts us through the fire to see if we truly love Him
He also puts us in the fire to let others see how much we Love and depend on Him.
He test us to show us that———— He can trust us !
He test us to grow us !
He allows things to come our way to see———- if our faith is built on the rock
Or on sinking sand.
13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.