From The Bishop Desk
Scripture Reference: Revelation 1: 4-6; NIV, “John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, v5)and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood. v6) And has made us kings and priests unto god and His father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Food For Thought:
The reasons why Christians go through such trials, tribulations, persecutions, afflictions, and just plain old troubles is that God’s purpose for us is refining our characters here on earth, that He may crown us kings and priests in His New Kingdom. We must learn from them to rejoice while going through such hard times because our destiny in heading in the right direction. And, while going through such difficulties, we are called upon to be faithful until death; we should stop looking at our problems as something to slow us down or to stop our forward progression in God. James says, “My brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience (James 1: 2-3; KJV).”
No matter what our situations and circumstances are we must be totally surrendered to the will of God for our lives—Nothing more; nothing less; and nothing else; at all cost. We cannot remain peculiar people unless we are a tried people. Job said, “A man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble (Job 14: 1; KJV).” Aren’t you glad that troubles don’t last always? They only are allowed to come to try us; to refine us so that we can remain those peculiar people of God. God’s purpose is to make us kings and priests in the Kingdom of His dear Son. Stay with God and God will stay with us. Not a sermon, just a thought.
Bishop Lee Roy McDuffie, Sr.