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You Will Not Smell of Smoke

I was in church as a Sunday School student today,  it was a very welcome change.

As the lesson on faith was going on, we read from the book of Daniel 3. 

We didn’t read the whole chapter, but as the day progressed and I commuted with God throughout the day, lifting up my heaviness, I heard Him say to me, ‘You will not smell of smoke’. 

The Holy Spirit immediately sent me back to scripture. Read with me: ‘The Kings satraps, governors, mayors and advisers gathered around the three men. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. The hair on their head wasn’t singed, their clothes weren’t burnt and they didn’t smell of smoke’- Daniel 3:27.

If you’ve been holding on to your faith in God and his word, you’ve prayed and nothing seems to be changing, if the conspiracies against you seem to be gaining ground and you’re at the point where it seems like it’s deny God or drown, guess what I have learned?

God is able to make you go through the fire and come out without smelling of smoke.  

You will go through the fire- no doubt, Christianity does not exempt us from trials but the trials will not consume you. 

You will come out on the other side of those trials and no one will ever believe you went through them.

No matter what the devil throws at your faith this year, you will not smell of smoke.

I will not smell of smoke.

Who’s  With Me?

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TRIALS ARE GOOD FOR YOU

I’ve been thinking over a portion of scripture for the past two days now and I’ve come to the not so interesting conclusion that as far as God is concerned, Trials are good things.

Before you crucify me, Read this with me: ‘ Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.-James 1:2-4 (MSG)

Trials are not necessarily darts of the enemy that is trying to kill you. In any case, if you are a believer nothing will come to you that have not first been through God- Colossians 2:2

Trials are allowed by God to expose the true nature of your faith to you. God uses trials to show you areas where you need to grow and the uses the trials to mature you.

Trials work in us to make us more like Jesus

Trials have a set time frame to complete its work. Don’t try to get out of the oven too early or you may end up half baked.

The fully baked mature Christian must go through trials and complete the course.

The strength of your faith is exposed through trials.

If I’m serious about my Christian walk, trials are good for me.

The same rule applies to you!

I need to be more patient in my trials so that I can come out fully baked and mature.

Who’s with me?

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REJOICING IN TROUBLE

The fall of man was the beginning of the word trouble.

When Jesus came to redeem us, trouble was the one thing that Jesus did not take away.

Before you crucify me and accuse me of blasphemy, I did not say it o. Jesus did.

‘…..in this world, you will have trouble…’- John  16:33

Trouble is an integral part of living life. Jesus identifies that. He admonishes us to expect it and tell us to even have a cheerful disposition while in trouble.

It therefore amazes me when Christians go through life expecting al things to go without hitches. Any teaching that teaches that is grossly incorrect and tends to lead people astray.

I’m not being defeatist, I’m just pointing out the truth.

What should we do when trouble comes our way? Rejoice!

I know it sounds ludicrous but that’s what the word admonishes to do-James 1:2

How do you rejoice in trouble? You rejoice because you know the end of the story. Jesus tells us the end of the story- He has overcome the world.

When you know the end of the story, the twists in the plot don’t stump you.

Troubles are the twists in the plot of the story of your life for which you already know the end.

You will have trouble in this world, but you can rejoice through it.

You know the end of the story.

I can rejoice in trouble because I know how it will end.

Who is with me?

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HE’S BUILDING YOUR FAITH, HE’LL GET ALL THE PRAISE

Have you ever felt like God set you up? Like He led you in a certain direction and all you got for your obedience was trouble?

If you have not, I’m happy for you. If you have, Read on kindred spirits.

You see, I’ve been in those kinds of situations a few times. I mean I obeyed God’s instruction to the letter and all I get for my obedience is trouble that ‘almost’ breaks me.

If you’re like me, it’s very easy to get angry with God when you obey him completely and it does not turn out to be smooth sailing.

If I was disobedient and I got into trouble, at least I would be able to justify the trouble I was in. So I got angry with God and questioned Him.

For a long time I had no answers so I filed it under the list of ’things I’ll never understand’ until recently: I was reading the story of Jesus walking on the water- Mathew 14:22-33,

 A few things struck me that have completely changed the way I see God’s Set Up’s (as I like to call them).

Jesus made His disciples get in the boat and go. The disciples obeyed. The next thing they know they are in a storm like no other that is threatening to sink them and they are struggling to stay afloat. They are throwing everything they have at it and Jesus, who told them to go seems to be missing in action.

Does that sound like your story?

It gets worse; Jesus does not show up until the 4th watch of the night. This means that they had been in the storm for almost 12 hours!

Does that sound like you? Has your obedience to God put you in the kind of trouble that seems to have no end in sight?

There’s good news. Jesus does come. He takes His time, but He does show up and He does calm the storm.

And when He does show up, we’ll see why He took His time.

He’s building your faith. Ask Peter.

He’ll get all the praise. Ask all the other disciples.

So while I’m waiting for Him to show up, I’ll trust the plan.

He’s building my faith; He’ll get all the praise.

Isn’t that the whole essence of the Christian walk?

Who’s with me?

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