2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
Today’s Inspiration: This morning we need to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith. If Jesus Christ is in you, how can you be faithless thereby disqualifying you from the Kingdom? 1 Corinthians 13:5. Apostle Paul explains Satan is sometimes used to inflict us to test our faith. The other reason is our faith is tested when God gives us abundance of Revelations to prevent us from being exalted above measure. How true is this statement?
Apostle Paul acknowledged this truth when he explained that the pain and suffering he was going through was caused by Satan to buffet him no doubt lest he be exalted above measure with the abundance of Revelations released to him. .V7. When he prayed for this affliction to be removed, God says that His grace is sufficient for His strength is made perfect in his weakness. V8-9. This answer seems contrary to our expectation as we want a definite answer to our petitions. Hence to this end, he says he will rather boast in his infirmity so that the power of Christ will rest in him. This should be our attitude. To surrender our life totally to Him is key especially at the time of testing.
But for many, even if God has miraculously healed them, they failed to testify for Jesus Christ for fear of people’s perception that their sickness was due to sin that opens the door to the enemy’s affliction. Jesus’disciples also have this thought but Jesus clarified that some sins are not due to bitterness, sin nor generational sins but were allowed that the power and glory of God may be manifested. John 9:1. We cannot generalise the purpose of our trial.
Even when he went to resurrect Lazarus after four days of burial, he told his disciples that his sickness was not unto death but for the demonstration of God’s power for the glory of God through the trial. V14. Even in his prayer for Lazarus’Resurrection, He asked the people to believe that the glory of God maybe manifested and that it’s for the sake of salvation of the people that God is going to manifest Resurrection. V40, 42. People tend to look at signs and wonders before they believe.
Another reason for our testing and trial besides testing our faith and faithfulness is to gauge the fruit of the spirit in us and to put our human nature termed carnality down and allow the spirit to be exalted. Flesh is always battling against the Spirit of God. So we should be thankful for the trials we are going through. For instance the purpose of circuit breaker was to have family time and family restoration but Satan turned it to domestic violence. What you hear is important.
Whilst it may seem that Satan has outwitted us, God will raise up His standard to thwart his plans like He always did which surprises us. Job 42:2, 10. It may seem that God is far away when testing comes but yet God did not forsaken Joshua when Moses was taken up in glory leaving him alone to tackle the biggest project of all time and that was to lead the people to the promised Land. With God’s assurance that He will be with him wherever he goes and to take courage and be strong in the Lord, Joshua 1:9, he was able to accomplish beyond his natural abilities. He was transformed from one of timidity to a valiant warrior with God’s equipping of war strategies never experienced before in Israel. God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power and sound judgement. 2 Timothy 1:7.
Trials are placed to put our human nature down and to allow the Spirit’s edification, exhortation and comfort to press us on with the battle rather than to feel worse and be defeated in our faith. Whilst writing this message, I felt impressed to write to you not to be dismayed and not to fear for the Lord will fight this battle for you as it’s His battle and not ours. 2 Chronicles 20:17. If we don’t have faith in times like this, how can we say we are God’s children and at the end of the journey how can we be the Bride of Christ if we don’t trust and love Him fully? We are challenged again and again in the Bible to love the Lord our God and to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and statutes that we may live and multiply and the Lord our God will bless us in the land we have possessed Deuteronomy 30:15-16. It appears to be simple to comply, yet many find it difficult because of the distractions from outside and our failure to crucify their old human nature totally.
Galatians 2:20 already is a promise that now that we are in Christ we must crucify our past nature and must not lose our faith and trust in Him since He now lives in us and whatever we do is for His glory. Our attitudes and behaviour must be motivated by the zeal of God in us and by His prompting. For this reason Jesus introduced the second commandment of loving one another. Matthew 22:39. If we are easily provoked to anger or other negative emotions like fear, inferiority, anxiety and guilt, we are still in old nature and have not circumcised our heart to take on new nature and be what Christ saved us to be – a new creation.
May God reveal to you this morning on the new nature He expects from you as the things He revealed belonged to you and your children forever that you may do all the things He commanded you to do. But the secret things not yet revealed belongs to God awaiting to release to you as you wait patiently at His Gates and watched what He will reveal to you next. Deuteronomy 29:29. God be praised.