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PowerPoint - Aug. 14, 2009

Faith under fire
August 14, 2009

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange is happening to you.

--1 Peter 4:12

You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but you are going to face trials in life.

Some of those trials will be the kinds of trials that everyone experiences regardless of whether they know Christ or not. Then there will be those kinds of trials that happen as a result of your own mistakes or bad decisions.

But then there will be those kinds of trials that you will encounter because you are a Christian. These are trials of persecution, opposition, and resistance that come because of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you experienced such trials? I know I have. The members of the early church experienced such trials too… except they were the victims of bitter persecution.

What did Peter say to them? He told them not to be surprised when their faith was under fire. He encouraged them to accept it and to remember that it wasn’t some strange thing that was happening to them.

The Holy Spirit inspired Peter to write what he did because he knew that people needed to be reminded to look beyond their painful circumstances and trust that God was in complete control of their lives. And you and I have the same need today!

So no matter what trial you’re facing or what trial you will face as a result of your faith, remember that it’s happening for a reason… and that God is in control!


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