“What do you get when you squeeze an orange?

Answer: Orange juice

“What do you get when you squeeze a  lemon?

Answer: Lemon juice

“What do you get when you ‘squeeze’ a Christian?

Answer: Whatever is “inside them”

God chooses to use the stress of trials in our lives to develop perseverance. We know that because the book of James 1 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds”. This is the same phraseology as found in 1 Peter, interestingly—“because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

God uses stresse of trials to prove the quality of our faith which results in praise, glory and honor of Christ., in 1 Peter 1:6. “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

God uses distress to purge, purify and refine us and to give us understanding in these Last Days. Daniel 12:1. “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; 10 “Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

Jesus has told us these things would occur.  Pandemics, anarchy, terrorism, diseases, wars and threats of wars…

The 1st Tribulation Seal  –  Global conquest and political intrigue
The 2nd Tribulation Seal –  Wars and Rumors of War
The 3rd Tribulation Seal –  Famines, Earthquakes, Plagues
The 4th Tribulation Seal  –  Death
The 5th Tribulation Seal  –  Martyrs, persecution, Anti-Christ, falling away


The stress of these days are part of God’s plan, in order:

        • To give us perseverance
        • To prepare us as His Bride for His return
        • To prove our faith
        • To purge, purify and to refine us
        • To give us insight and understand

Take heart, friends, and let’s pray that the fruit of the Spirit will pour out of each of usas we wait for His return!!


Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Truth for Life, Pastor Alistair Begg:  God’s Faithfulness in Affliction, Pt 2, November 23, 2020

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