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Why Does God Allow My Faith to Be Tested? (4 of 8)
Series: When We Wonder Why?
Dr. Stan Coffey
1 Peter 4:12 and 19
I. God Uses Trials To Direct Us
II. God Uses Trials To Inspect Us
III. God Uses Trials To Correct Us
IV. God Uses Trials To Protect Us
V. God Uses Trials To Perfect Us
One God and only one Lord and so they were going through many, many trials on top of what they were going through in persecution, they were going through the normal trials of life that all people go through. So Peter writes to them to encourage them about that time of trial in their life.
You may be going through trials today. If you are not going through a trial, then you probably have just gone through one and you have come through or you are in the midst of a trial or you are going to go through one pretty soon.
We don't live many days in life that we do not experience the trials of life - trials in our family, trials with our children, trials in our marriages, trials in our finances, in our health - the many, many trials that we go through.
Now in 1 Peter 4:12, Peter says to Christians, ''DON'T BE SURPRISED IF THE PAINFUL TRIALS YOU ARE SUFFERING AS THOUGH SOMETHING STRANGE WERE HAPPENING TO YOU.''
I don't know why it is but when we go through trials we feel that this is something that we have been singled out for, that this is something that God has picked us for, that somehow we are going through something different.
But he writes to assure us that trials are not something strange that we are going through. The King James says ''THE FIERY TRIALS THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.'' Here is says ''THE PAINFUL TRIALS YOU ARE SUFFERING''.
But he says these are not strange occurrences; these are common occurrences of life and you know Job said that man who is born of woman is a few days and full of trouble.
Jesus said, ''IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION, BUT BE OF GOOD COURAGE, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.'' But Jesus did say in the world you shal ...
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