Faith on Jesus Christ Brings Glory and Honour
“The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. (I Peter 1:7).
We find the apostle Paul in Philippi saying with desire, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection”. Even though he had seen many miracles performed through his ministry during the past years, and though God had worked through him mightily, yet he was saying here in his old age “I count all things but loss… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,” which is the highest power available to believers.
Many believers go on scheming and planning for many years, seeking to have power in their lives. They think that by seeing dreams, or by having certain experiences and visions they will obtain power. But they still remain weak. They do not realize that the power of resurrection is at their disposal. If we believe that our Lord Jesus Christ died on our stead for our sins, and also believe that He rose again for our justification and to live in us by his Holy Spirit, then by faith we can receive into us day by day the power of resurrection for every situation, every temptation and every need. To give us such a faith the Lord will take us through many painful situations and trials. We see that thought in I Peter 1:7,11. Gold has to be refined by fire. It cannot be cleaned with soap and water. The gold is brought to the refining fire again and again till every little impurity is burnt away. In the same way, to deliver us from doubts and unbelief, we have to go through refining fires.
___By Vivek Anand