Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I Peter 1:3-9
3(A) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!(B) According to his great mercy,(C) he has caused us to be born again to a living hope(D) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to(E) an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and(F) unfading,(G) kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded(H) through faith for a salvation(I) ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by(J) various trials, 7so that(K) the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes(L) though it is tested by(M) fire—may be found to result in(N) praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8(O) Though you have not seen him, you love him.(P) Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining(Q) the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Do you realize that you have inherited something that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading: your salvation through Jesus Christ. In fact, it is guarded in heaven by GOD!
Are you rejoicing today in your fiery trial? Do you see how it is testing your genuineness in the faith?
Your response to trials is to be 'praise and glory and honor' at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ---no, you don't have to put on a fake smile and act like your trial does not bother you: you are to look at it in the perspective that Christ matters more and that no matter what is taken away from you in this life---Christ remains!