Trials 


WORTHY THOUGHT:  The symbol of our reward come in our victories or in our trials and struggles? 

This is an exciting time of the year to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Each athlete has to go through the Olympic Trials in order to win a place to compete in the Olympics. The top three that compete at the Olympics wins a gold medal , silver medal, and bronze medal. 

I came across an article about the medals designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who designed the iconic Olympic Ring logo that is still used today. 

He explained the motivation behind the Olympic symbol as quoted “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought.” 

Baron Pierre de Coubertin quote reminds me in scriptures that we are to rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV 

Trial and Sufferings work for us not against us and develops Godly characteristic’s in us. How rich we are in Christ, we live and are rewarded as kings and queens. 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. -James 1:2

God gives us wisdom. We need wisdom in our trials so we don’t waste our struggles and sufferings and miss the spiritual growth that should result. 

When we trust God. Trials work for us not against us. We need to be sure our hearts and minds are wholly yielding in Him. If we are not yielding to God but divided in our hearts and minds, trials can tear us apart. 

God gives us strength through trials and temptations. His Word produces spiritual fruit, and cleans our souls. 

We can trust in God for He is faithful and we can use His strength to see us through.

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 

 
The symbol of our victory we wear is in our hearts. Jesus Christ who suffered, died and has risen. Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

You are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in this world. 1 John 4:4

                    ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Rewards

  
WORTH THOUGHT: Are we sounding our own trumpet of ‘acts of righteousness’ in front of others so we can receive our own rewards or praise? 

Often times we want to receive recognition or praise in the things we do for the Lord. 

What Jesus describes in scriptures in the book of Matthew is what is our motive, is it ‘God’ centered or ‘I’ centered? 
Jesus teaches about giving to the needy;

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the •synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. •I assure you: They’ve got their reward! (earthly reward not heavenly reward) But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matt. 6:1-4 HSCB 

When you want to help or give something to the poor and the next day you have lunch with your best friends and share with them the good deeds you did the day before for the poor, your best friends will praise you for having a good heart for helping the poor. But, Jesus is saying that is an “I” centered motive and giving yourself a pat on the back will be your earthly reward, not your heavenly reward. 

We should give only in secret to please God and receive His praise. If we give to win the praise of others or to be able to compliment ourselves then our immediate reward is earthly praise -we lose our eternal reward. 

We cannot get rewards twice. If you give in secret, only our Father will see it and He will reward you in heaven. 

                  

                   ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill