Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Today Reminder – 23 May 2017

A reminder for today
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

There is something deeper about faith when Peter writes about it. You have to remember that Peter’s faith was tested and it failed, but when Jesus rose from the cross and the Holy Spirit filled Peter, something changed. His endurance and his faith took a leap that created ripples all over the world. He was the outstanding preacher of the twelve; he did more than any other one man, aside from Paul, to establish the kingdom and send its messengers to the four corners of the earth in one generation. When he was fully assured that Jesus had forgiven him and knew he had been received back into the Master’s fold, the fires of the kingdom burned so brightly within his soul that he became a great and saving light to thousands who sat in darkness. And so this man Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honours when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died — on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.

Peter wrote that you will have to endure many trails, yet they will be only for a little while. He compares trails to the purification of gold in a fire and states that faith is far more precious than gold. He reminds us to stay strong in our faith until the Lord returns. What is in this message for us?

My dear friend, your faith will be tested. The enemy will do anything to make you fall. But in enduring all these tests and remaining faithful holds within it a great reward. There is nothing in this world that the enemy can give you that will even come close to what God has prepared for you. So I will gladly face my trials and I will stay faithful to my Lord in all that I do. I will stand strong in my faith as it grows little by little each day. Let the enemy try and destroy me, for I will not fear him, because I worship a great God. I am a child of God and nothing can take that from me. Come with me as we rejoice and shout out “How great is our God”. 

Lord, build in us faith as Peter displayed and let us face our trials with no more fear. Let us shine in your grace as we worship you. Let your word burn is us and set a fire in us that will never be stopped. Let the whole world see that we love and worship you. To you is all the glory. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.