Think it not strange

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Friday November 17, 2017

More than a conqueror.. Overcomer in Christ

Think it not strange.. but precious that our faith is under trial.

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.

The first key point here is we are partakers of Christ’s sufferings. For he is worthy for our suffering in our present life. The Church has moved out of suffering and away from the table of Christ. The cup we must partake of is not running from our trials no, but to embrace them as Christ embraced the cross. That’s the Image he left for us. So, think it not strange… the devil is coming after those who are marked! Are you marked with Christ’s teachings and his commands? Expect it and accept it, Satan has it out for you. That fiery trial is meant to try you. Don’t be surprised, as if some strange thing just happened, no count it all Joy!

Biblical Reference: Romans 8:18; James 1:2-4;

Romans 5:1-5; John 15:4-5

The second key point is we must be “firmly” rooted and “fully” persuaded in God’s love!

To stand firm on a belief we must act in faith! To be fully persuaded we must act on sound teaching and commands of God. Are we? Are we challenged by simply commands? Slay the rebellion and pride in ourselves that we may partake of Christ’s table. Those who sit with Christ must be in Christ. We fear the church has squandered away from this concept. Remember the Lords supper: The sat together amongst a betrayer. Jesus knows our hearts. He knows where we stand for trials, persecution and death to ourselves. He knows where we stand when it comes to Him. We can’t hid our hearts from Him. He sees all. He told Judas to depart and do His part that sealed the betrayal. That reveals Christ not only knew, but also accepted satans trial to defeat him.

Biblical Reference: Colossians 2:6-7; Ephesians 3:17; Ephesians 2:20-22; Psalm 1:3;

Matthew 7:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:58

What is the key that turns you to willingly partake of Christ’s suffering? The Fear of The Lord which is the beginning of all wisdom. The turning to repentance and trembling knowing that an act of betrayal is the mark of Judas. Many would hear from Christ depart from me you workers of iniquity if he would return now. Why? The heart isn’t fully surrendered to His word and his commands.

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