"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." Philippians 4:4
Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
1 Peter 1:6-9 - In this (your salvation) you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
When gold is purified, it is heated to a very high temperature. This causes all the impurities to rise to the surface so that they can be removed. In the same way, trials cause the impurities in our lives to come to the surface. As we turn to Jesus in our trials, we can deal with our impurities in a godly way and rejoice that our faith is being purified.
.Apply God’s Word to your life:
Identify a trial that you are going through.
What impurities are coming to the surface?
How can you replace the impurity with godliness?
Father, thank you that I can rejoice in my salvation when I am facing trials. Help me to allow my trials to refine my faith. Teach me how to respond in Your power and according to Your Word. May it bring praise and glory and honor to You. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
James 1:2-4 - Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Peter 4:12-13 - Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Posted on Fri, January 6, 2017
by Sam Petitfils