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1 Peter 4:12 Think It Not Strange

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1 Peter 4:12 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you.

STRANGE="atopos" in the greek and means out of place, strange. Improper, unrighteous, perverse.

In Peter's day the Christians could not understand why they were suffering.  Does this question still rings true with us today as the people of God? Of course!

Peter wrote this letter to encourage the people of God who suffered for their faith in Christ to be not surprise or discourage when they experience suffering because of their faith in Christ for God is allowing it to test their faith.

Are you suffering for the sake of Christ? Peter said to "think it not strange" but rejoice. In other words, count it all joy for we are reminded in James 1:13- When our faith is tested, our patience has a chance to grow.

Suffering is something that everyone of us attempts to avoid, but, suffering for the sake of Christ is unavoidable? God allows it for a greater purpose than what we can see or understand and the devil will see to it that it happens so be not surprised when it does.

Believe it or not but suffering is a very painful part of life that none of us want to experience. The reality of life is that NONE of us can escape suffering and the pain that it brings along  with it, therefore we must press our way though in prayer and the Word of God, knowing that God is at work and we will get through it with His help.

Jesus suffered and you and I too will suffer.

Conforming to the likeness of Christ is God's goal for humanity and this process can be and is often times a very painful process, but it's rewards are great now and in eternity.

2 Timothy 3:12-Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Job 14:1-Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Our suffering is not in vain. A Great work is taking place inwardly when we suffer. Suffering forces us to wait on God or act on our own apart from Him and suffer harder and longer. That's the only choice we have.

No,  suffering does not feel good at all. I hate it! But, God is using it to work for our good and His glory. He who has begun a good work in us will complete it unto the day of Jesus Christ

When our faith is tested, our patience, hope and trust in God grows.  Of course, not by our choice, but by God's will being done in our lives.

The good news about suffering is the fact that Jesus knew all about it and before He left earth, He reminded us that we too would suffer, but, be not weary, discourage or even faith in the process for He has overcome them all on our behalf.

John 16:33-I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!"

Jesus reminds us that even in suffering, we can rejoice. We rejoice because we know that God is still with us by means of His Holy Spirit who will lead and guide us into truth and righteousness even in the midst of suffering.

People of God, the Lord our God  promises to never leave nor forsake us but to be with us always and that includes when we suffer. Over and over again, through it all, our God is faithful and He is able to help us to survive the fiery furnaces of life.

1 Peter 4:14-If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

When suffering becomes unbearable God will give us a way of escape. If He does not take us out of it immediately, He will give us the s

1 Corinthians 10:13-No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

People of God, Rejoice! Why? The Lord your God is with you in the midst of your suffering, therefore, you and I have every reason to claim VICTORY through Christ Jesus.

In the words of my Pastor, Dr. Isaac Holt, HIM ABLE!

Suffering for the sake of Christ?  Count it not strange for HIM ABLE to keep us in it.

God bless.

Debra

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