Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trial vs. Chastisement

Trials are something everyone faces - afflictions induced by Satan, but allowed by God.  Depending on how we get through these trials (tests of faith...and patience) determines whether or not we will be chastised (punished) by God for disobedience.  Chastisement comes directly from God for correction while trial comes from Satan with God's permission for character buildingRead the book of Job for the ultimate trial.  Job speaks to the struggling faith of the sufferer. In effect he says to the  Godly sufferer, "Forget the logical arguments spun out by those who sit together at their ease and discuss the ways of God, and forget those voices in your own heart that are little more than echoes of their pronouncements. Let me tell you a story."

Trial is our controlled exposure to the enemy which trains us to be mature believers and counselors.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted , it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer : or whether we be comforted , it is for your consolation and salvation.


peter kornicker said...

oy veh

Indyanny said...

too complicated

Daniel White said...

Hope I don't step on anyone's toes but it is my belief that Jesus paid for ALL our sins. God poured out his wrath on Jesus right before he was crucified. If we believe that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and that He was crucified and also raised from the dead, then our slate is wiped clean.
Hebrews 10:11
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

GOD does not punish us.