Count It All Joy When Ye Fall Into Divers Temptations

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When we come to the Lord, we’re all excited and pumped. We’re just praising the Lord every step of the way and singing our songs. Nothing can get us down anymore until something gets us down and then we get into discouragement. We want to consider when Christian excitement, the energy that we receive ebbs away and when it ebbs away, does that mean we’ve lost our experience?

Jesus gives a parable in relation to receiving the kingdom of heaven, being converted and having a spiritual experience. This parable is revealed in the type of seed, and the sowing of the seed. Matthew 13 is the explanation of the actual parable. He gave it earlier in the chapter and now He is telling what it means and He comes to this part where the seed falls upon the rocky ground.

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word of God, and anon with joy receiveth it;

13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

In this situation, the person receives the word with joy and happiness, saying, “Praise the Lord, let’s get going.” As the Christian experience develops, the plant grows and grows and then a problem arises. What is the source of the problem? Persecution and tribulation. Are these two separate things? Persecution is indeed the top of tribulation but not every tribulation is persecution. We can be persecuted, that is serious tribulation for us but we can also get involved in tribulation that doesn’t have anything to do with persecution that is just a trial. Tribulation is a trial that you and I go through and because of this trial, we start to get offended and think, “Oh, what’s going on here? I received the word with joy, I started growing and then tribulation comes.”

We must understand from the outset that tribulation is part of the Christian experience. You can’t disconnect it. Why can’t you disconnect it? If we disconnect the trial from the Christian experience, we would never become perfect. James tells us how we should deal with these tribulations.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

If we ponder this and receive the Word of God with joy and then we receive tribulation, should we continue in our joy? We receive God’s word with happiness and then it says, “Count it all joy.” As in we have to take direct recognition of this as joy, a direct marking that this is counted as joy, all joy.

When you count all the flowers in your garden, do you count the rocks if you’re counting all the flowers? No, because they are not flowers. If I say count all your joys in your life, would you count the trials too? Well, you might say no because they are not joys. But the Bible is saying actually count them as joy because they are not rocks, they are flowers. The trials of our lives are actually flowers, as in they are positive things. Why are they positive things? Why can we count the trials in our lives, the discouragements and tribulations as joys and be happy about them? We can do that not because of them themselves, but what they will accomplish.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

This verse says we actually have to know something, ‘knowing this’ it says. There’s a knowledge that we need to understand in relation to trials and that is, I know that this trial is going to do something good for me. I’m going to come out of this trial better experienced or better acquainted with my Lord than I was before.

James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We sometimes think a perfect life is no problems. Is that a perfect life? A perfect life is being joyous in all our troubles and trials that we go through, to be able to be perfect and endure all. We can only actually do this when we rely on the Lord. The Christian experience has trials. If it doesn’t have trials, then it is not Christian experience. We cannot become perfect without trials. How many want character perfection? We need trials. Are we conscious of that? We need them to get there. They are the stepping-stones and the tools in God’s hands to purify us. Think of coal, how does it get to become a diamond? Heat and pressure.

How many people are going through a hot experience or are being pressured? Are we under pressure? I hate being under pressure but what comes out of being under pressure is something that is most valuable. Something that is black and dirty and has no reflection or beauty in it, yet, heat and pressure produces something that is glorious. When the perfect diamond with its 144 facets reflects the light, it is perfect. The light shines in every direction and sparkles from one beam of light. When the Lord affects us as we’ve been under heat and pressure, we will let our light shine to the world. We manifest it to those with who we are under trial. We can say all the nice things, be sweet in the happy days, and be kind and polite, but when trials come, we see who’s who.

Elijah

I want to consider a story in the Old Testament about Elijah. Elijah was a man who was devoted to the Lord. He loved the Lord greatly and feared God. He was very hurt over the wickedness that was around him. As he grew up, he became a prophet of the Lord. He went to Ahab and told him that there wouldn’t be any rain, dew or moisture for three years and then he fled. He went to brook Cherith and the ravens fed him and he had time with God. There wasn’t too much happening on his daily life at this point. Then came the time when he went to Mount Carmel and really challenged the people of God. He really gave them a challenge as to which they were going to serve. He said, “If Baal is god, worship him. If God is God, worship Him.” There was a big display of the Baal worshipers saying, “Okay, here is an altar and whose God answers by fire, he is the true God.”

The Baal worshipers built their altar and started calling upon their god. Elijah waited and gave them a long time and said, “Is your god sleeping? Your god must be on a holiday or something, he is not answering.” The intensity of the moment was incredible. Here is Elijah, essentially paying them out for their god that doesn’t do anything and then comes his turn. He gets a little humbled at this point because he realizes that God needs to answer him. Otherwise all his mocking would be in vain. But he trusts in God’s word because God had told him. He put water on the altar and made everything wet. He knelt down and prayed. Fire came from heaven and consumed everything, stones and water. Then being zealous for right, he went and slew 400 of the prophets of Baal. Then he prayed for rain and abundance of rain came. If you were there, would have you ever doubted God exists? “Wow, the Lord has manifested Himself so clearly that it is beyond the shadow of a doubt that God exists.”

At this point, his mountaintop experience at Mount Carmel was a real spiritual high. Then something negative happens.

1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.

19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

He had just challenged all the prophets of Baal, all 400 of them. He took them with a sword. You have to have big courage to do that. He killed 400 of them, he comes out alive and now a woman is making him run for his life. Where is the faith that he just had? He just took on the whole nation. He risked his life three years before and was in hiding after that time and God preserved him. He came out boldly and stood up for the Lord. The manifestation of God His approval of what Elijah was doing in his ministry, but then Elijah was scared. Why?

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Humbling experiences are extremely important. We were talking earlier today about the hardest sin. What is the hardest sin to get rid of? Pride is the hardest sin. God allows these trials. Notice that Elijah goes from a mountaintop experience into the valley of the shadow of death. He says, “Just kill me, I’ve had enough.” As if God couldn’t protect him or God couldn’t look after him. He says, “I am no better than my fathers.” He saw himself as he was.

1 Kings 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

God is merciful. Elijah felt like dying. God says, “Have some food. I think you just need to eat something. Cheer up.”

1 Kings 19:6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

This was humble fair. He had some bread and water. God promises to His people that their bread and water will be sure. We will not get lasagnas and all the other nice things but our bread and water will be there. Elijah goes back to sleep.

1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

How many times did the angel feed Elijah? Twice, he fed him bread and water. Then he went back to sleep.

1 Kings 19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

He ate the food and did not eat anything more for forty days and forty nights. Do we know where he was? Mount Carmel is to the northwest of Jerusalem. He goes a day’s journey into the wilderness and then where does he go? Elijah went all the way to Mount Sinai. We know that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years but in forty days and forty nights he arrived at the mount of God.

Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

Moses comes to the same place that Elijah went to. He is a bit away from where he was.

Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush…

This bush was on Mount Horeb where God appeared to Moses.

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this [shall be] a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

Moses was to see this burning bush on this mountain and then he was to go and get to Israel, come back to the mountain and serve God there on this mount of God.

Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

What happened on this mountain? They received the Ten Commandments. This is Mount Sinai and this is the same place we read about in Psalms:

Psalms 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.

This is actually an extremely long way to walk without food but he went to this place.

1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

“What are you doing?” Perhaps Elijah wanted to see something magnificent again. He’d just been on Mount Carmel and experienced the display of the Lord. Then he came off the mountain and was discouraged. “Maybe I’ll go to Mount Sinai and God can reveal Himself to me again.” But God says to him, “What are you doing here? You’ve come to Mount Sinai. Why? What are you doing here?” And then Elijah says:

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Here is Elijah’s mentality. On Mount Carmel standing up for God’s law for God is God, and it doesn’t seem to work. It didn’t seem to do anything. The people would still want to kill him. He is discouraged and thinks, “I’m jealous for the covenant, for the Law. I’m jealous for it. I’m going to go to Mount Sinai. I’m going to go to this place because I’m jealous for this experience.”

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Our problem with walking with the Lord is that we always expect some amazing thing to happen. When we go to a conference or when we have some experiences. It’s like, “Wow, this is amazing.” Then we come back to life and it is not so amazing anymore, but we want something amazing so God can comfort us with His amazing things. Elijah goes to Mount Sinai and there is a wind, a tempest and it’s amazing. Is God in it? No, it’s not how God wants to communicate. God showed him He was not in that. He sent an earthquake, the power of the earth shaking, but He was not in that one either. He was not in the huge fire. What is He in? Are you willing to experience the still small voice? Are you willing to let your life be dull and quiet to hear a still small voice? Or do you want some amazing things always to happen in your spiritual experience? Always seeing those miracles where the Lord manifests Himself, causing you to think, “Wow, the Lord is with us.” Do you depend on the miracles or do you depend upon the Lord’s presence? How do we go in our experience? When we first meet the Lord, our hearts are impressed greatly are they not? Does that not give us joy? But when the excitement wears off, then what? What do we want then when we feel dull, discouraged and depressed? What are we wanting from God? Do we want another big display to lift us back up? Or are we willing to hear a still small voice that God whispers? “I’m here. Can you trust me now? Can you trust me in the negativities? Can you trust me in the norm of life when nothing seems to be happening? Can you trust me then?”

1 Kings 19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

19:15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

Elijah comes to this mountain. There are lots of manifestations of exciting things but God is not in them and then God comes and says to Elijah, “Get back to work. Get back to the mundane things of life. Get back to doing the usual things; because there’s not always going to be excitement to arouse you go back to your work as a prophet.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God…

It is not healthy for a spiritual experience to always be thrilled with manifestations of God’s power in real exciting terms. God says, “Okay, you’re experienced, you’ve gotten the word. You are joyed you received it. Now, I am going to give you a trial.” And many trials come. Often one of the greatest trials is just the boringness of life. Nothing seems to happen. “I’m still here, nothing’s changed.” And God wants you to know, “Hey, I’m still with you.” It’s the still small voice. We need to be still and know that He is God.

Spend time alone with God. We do not always have to be in the society with other people. We need to come together when God wants us to come together but let us spend private time with God in quietness. We don’t have to talk to him a hundred miles an hour, just be quiet with the consciousness that God is with me and allow that to warm you heart.

James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Whenever Elijah did these things, he was just like you and me. He got discouraged. Do you get discouraged? Does that mean God left Elijah? No. God didn’t leave Elijah and God doesn’t leave us.

If, under trying circumstances, men of spiritual power, pressed beyond measure, become discouraged and desponding, if at times they see nothing desirable in life, that they should choose it, this is nothing strange or new. Let all such remember that one of the mightiest of the prophets fled for his life before the rage of an infuriated woman…. Those who, while spending their life energies in self-sacrificing labor, are tempted to give way to despondency and distrust, may gather courage from the experience of Elijah. . . . CC 216.2

It is the time of greatest weakness that Satan assails the soul with the fiercest temptations. . . . He who had maintained his trust in Jehovah during the years of drought and famine, he who had stood undaunted before Ahab, he who throughout that trying day on Carmel had stood before the whole nation of Israel the sole witness to the true God, in a moment of weariness allowed the fear of death to overcome his faith in God. . . CC 216.3.

When we are encompassed with doubt, perplexed by circumstances, or afflicted by poverty or distress, Satan seeks to shake our confidence in God. . . . But God understands, and He still pities and loves. He reads the motives and the purposes of the heart. To wait patiently, to trust when everything looks dark, is the lesson that the leaders in God’s work need to learn. Heaven will not fail them in their day of adversity. Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on God. CC 216.4

Do you want to become invincible? Is it possible to become invincible? Nothing is apparently more helpless yet, really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness. God loves us. God wants to save guard us. So what do we need to feel? We need to feel our nothingness. Is that a good thing or a bad thing then? It’s a very good thing. Because God knows you are actually in a better position than you’ve ever been if you feel your nothingness and understand human nature and what it is. Often when we come through experiences where God has manifested His powers through us. It is then we need to know that we’re nothing, because we’re tempted to think, “Well, perhaps, I am something because God just used me. Praise the Lord. Oh yes, praise the Lord!” But then He says, “I don’t want you to fall under pride. You’re going to experience your nothingness for a bit just so you can keep safe from the evil one.” That’s how much God loves us. The soul who feels its nothingness and relies wholly upon God.

To wait patiently, to trust when everything looks dark, is the lesson that the leaders in God’s work need to learn. CC 216.4

Is this just for leaders? No it is for us all.

Not alone for men in positions of large responsibility is the lesson of Elijah’s experience in learning anew how to trust God in the hour of trial. He who was Elijah’s strength is strong to uphold every struggling child of His, no matter how weak. Of everyone He expects loyalty, and to everyone He grants power according to the need. CC 216.5

You have big needs? Then you have big power.

It would seem that after showing courage so undaunted, after triumphing so completely over king and priests and people, Elijah could never afterward have given way to despondency nor been awed into timidity. But he who had been blessed with so many evidences of God’s loving care was not above the frailties of mankind, and in this dark hour his faith and courage forsook him. … Had he remained where he was, had he made God his refuge and strength, standing steadfast for the truth, he would have been shielded from harm. The Lord would have given him another signal victory by sending His judgments on Jezebel. CC 213.2

Elijah is discouraged and what does he do? Does he stay there or does he run? He runs. When we’re discouraged, depressed and saddened, do we just flee to a different circumstance; is that what we want to do? Should we flee to a different situation or should we wait? As soon as we are in a trial we say, “Where’s the exit?” We look for those green signs that say EXIT here. Often when we go on our own knowledge and try to avoid things that God actually doesn’t want us to avoid, we end up failing in a victory that could have been even a greater manifestation of God But the test is to wait on the Lord.

Into the experience of all there come times of keen disappointment and utter discouragement–days when sorrow is the portion, and it is hard to believe that God is still the kind benefactor of His earthborn children; days when troubles harass the soul, till death seems preferable to life. It is then that many lose their hold on God. CC 213.3

When we’re really trialed and Satan just says, “Let go. Let go.” Do not let go. God is still there, Just because we can’t sense Him, see Him or feel Him, He’s still there. Hang on because it said it is then that many lose their hold on God.

Could we at such times discern with spiritual insight the meaning of God’s providences we should see angels seeking to save us from ourselves, striving to plant our feet upon a foundation more firm than the everlasting hills, and new faith, new life, would spring into being…. CC 213.3

For the disheartened there is a sure remedy–faith, prayer, work. Faith and activity will impart assurance and satisfaction that will increase day by day. . . . In the darkest days, when appearances seem most forbidding, fear not. Have faith in God. He knows your need. He has all power. His infinite love and compassion never weary…. And He will bestow upon His faithful servants the measure of efficiency that their need demands. . . . CC 213.4

Did God forsake Elijah in his hour of trial? Oh, no! He loved His servant no less when Elijah felt himself forsaken of God and man than when, in answer to his prayer, fire flashed from heaven and illuminated the mountaintop. CC 213.5

As far as God was concerned whether he is in discouragement or performing his amazing testimony to God, God’s love was equal, it didn’t change. But what did change? Elijah’s feelings change but God’s love didn’t. God doesn’t want us to enter some things. We enter into discouragements that even God doesn’t necessarily want us to enter into. There are a couple of things that I will encourage you not to do so you only have those things which are needful.

We must turn away from a thousand topics that invite attention. There are matters that consume time and arouse inquiry, but end in nothing. The highest interests demand the close attention and energy that are so often given to comparatively insignificant things.
2 MCP 795.3

We often get discouraged because we don’t get anything done. Sometimes we’re trying to do too many things. Insignificant things that we feel we’ve got to do right now. Let’s just refine our lives down to some very basic things we need to do. We will get less discouragement if we do that. If we try and do too many things, that invites more discouragement. While ever we will meet discouragements let’s not get involved into discouragement too much.

Even Christians of long experience are often assaulted with the most terrible doubts and waverings. . . . You must not consider that for these temptations your case is hopeless. . 2 MCP 794.4

Hope in God, trust in Him, and rest in His promises.–Lt 82, 1889 (HC 86.)

When the devil comes with his doubts and unbeliefs, shut the door of your heart. {2MCP 676.1}

Do we know how to do that? Do we know how to shut the door of our hearts? Who knows how to open the door of their hearts? We are actually very good in shutting the door of our hearts in personal relationships with people but we are not so good in doing that to the devil. When I shut the door of my heart to somebody, I don’t want to talk to them. I don’t want to give them attention. I don’t want to give them anything. I want them to go away. Can we do that with Satan? Can we not give him the pleasure of having our thoughts on him? Can we take away our attention from the negativities? Because that’s what it means to shut the door to Satan.

Shut your eyes so that you will not dwell upon his hellish shadow. Lift them up where they can behold the things which are eternal, and you will have strength every hour. The trial of your faith is much more precious than gold. . . . It makes you valiant to fight the battle of the Lord. . . . 2 MCP 794.5

You cannot afford to let any doubts come into your mind. Do not please the devil enough to tell about the terrible burdens you are carrying. Every time you do it, Satan laughs that his soul can control you and that you have lost sight of Jesus Christ your Redeemer.–MS 17, 1894. (HC 86.) 794.6

We tend to remember the negatives. How many people can remember something bad that has happened to them? How many people can remember something good? We can always pick up the bad things. They are like solid bricks and the good things are like water that seems to just run away. We like them at that time and then they’re gone. Why is that? It is because of what we dwell on. It’s because we mark the negatives in our minds as something important and we give it attention and what you give attention to grows.

We must learn to place the best possible construction upon doubtful conduct of others. . . . If we are ever suspecting evil, we are in danger of creating what we allow ourselves to suspect. . . . We cannot pass along without sometimes having our feelings hurt and our temper tried, but as Christians we must be just as patient, forbearing, humble, and meek as we desire others to be. 2 MCP 789.2

Oh, how many thousand good acts and deeds of kindness that we receive . . . pass from the mind like dew before the sun, while imaginary or real injury leaves an impression which it is next to impossible to efface! The very best example to give to others is to be right ourselves, and then leave ourselves, our reputation, with God and not show too great anxiety to right every wrong impression and present our case in a favorable light.–Lt 25, 1870. (HC 237.) 2 MPC 789.3

For us to remember these negatives to be caught up in so many unimportant things and to give the devil the pleasure of giving him our minds occupation of what he is doing, will cause greater discouragement.

It was not because of any outward evidence that the showers were about to fall, that Elijah could so confidently bid Ahab prepare for rain. The prophet saw no clouds in the heavens; he heard no thunder. He simply spoke the word that the Spirit of the Lord had moved him to speak in response to his own strong faith…. Having done all that was in his power to do, he knew that Heaven would freely bestow the blessings foretold. The same God who had sent the drought had promised an abundance of rain as the reward of rightdoing; and now Elijah waited for the promised outpouring. In an attitude of humility, “his face between his knees,” he interceded with God in behalf of penitent Israel…. CC 211.2

Six times the servant returned with the word that there was no sign of rain in the brassy heavens. Undaunted, Elijah sent him forth once more; and this time the servant returned with the word, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.” CC 211.3

This was enough. Elijah did not wait for the heavens to gather blackness. In that small cloud he beheld by faith an abundance of rain; and he acted in harmony with his faith. . . . As he prayed, his faith reached out and grasped the promises of Heaven, and he persevered in prayer until his petitions were answered. He did not wait for the full evidence that God had heard him, but was willing to venture all on the slightest token of divine favor. And yet what he was enabled to do under God, all may do in their sphere of activity in God’s service…. CC 211.4

Faith such as this is needed in the world today–faith that will lay hold on the promises of God’s word and refuse to let go until Heaven hears. . . . CC 211.5

With the persevering faith of Jacob, with the unyielding persistence of Elijah, we may present our petitions to the Father, claiming all that He has promised. The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word. CC 211.6

Elijah prays and doesn’t give up. He takes the smallest token as evidence of God’s love. How cheerful we could be if we use the smallest tokens of this life. We’re not talking big ones, we’re talking little ones. If we would pray, have faith and work, our discouragements would go away. When they come, if we would have prayer, faith and work, then they’d go away. If we would take the smallest tokens as the love of God even if other people might laugh at us and say, “That’s not a token,” if it’s a blessing to you, it is a token from God.

I pray that we will not be stuck in the despondency.

Are You Pliable?

Remember Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan? Christian is with his burden in the city of destruction and he’s under guilt and perplexity. As he reads in a book, Evangelist comes and tells him that there’s this city to go to, to escape. He points out the path, Christian was excited and so he runs with all his energy. As he ran, he ran straight into the Slough of Despond and so we do as Christians. But there was another man called Pliable that fell in there with him. Christian and Pliable both fell in the Slough of Despond. Who gave up? Pliable gave up. Are you Pliable?

Are you pliable to life’s circumstances that when things are good then you’re good and when things are bad then you just buckle under and give up? Are we pliable or not? Christian wasn’t pliable. He pushed through that Slough of Despond although everything was tangling all the mucus and all the algae and everything was stringing on him and he had to pull through this with his big weight of burden that he had and there wasn’t someone on the other side to help him. Pliable said, “Forget this, I’m getting back out” and he went back to the city of destruction.

I pray that when Christian excitement wears off, when we have a spiritual high and then trials arrive straight afterwards, that we don’t be surprised. Don’t be surprised at all if it happens. God is testing and these testing experiences are worth counting as pleasure, as a joy that we can go through these that my faith and patience will be developed. If we will know this more, we will be more consolidated as Christians. It’s my prayer that we can overcome these things.

Amen.

Posted on May 11, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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