The Fiery Trials of Life Prepare and Protect the Pathway to Your Heavenly Mansion
# ‘No Room in the Inn?’ will take us from humanity falling hard in the Garden of Eden to believers being crown wearers in heaven. We will learn what God’s Word says about trials and temptations. Believing our Lord has a divine purpose for our trials will help us to respond based upon scripture and not our feelings.
Studying the ministry of Christ, it’s clear that God is more concerned about our character than our comfort. His goal is not to pamper us physically but to perfect us spiritually. Never forget that comfort is a definite feeling of any given moment; Character is for eternity!
My wife has always been concerned about where baby Jesus was born. Foremost, there wasn’t even “Room in the Inn” for this precious child. After all, wasn’t He God’s Son and our Redeemer? Though He is the King of Kings, He was born in a stable filled with the smell of livestock. The fulfillment of the prophecy was satisfied in this stable. Thus, preparing the way for our salvation.
Sometimes we feel there’s “No Room in the Inn” for us. Our life takes a direction we had not planned. The trials of life consume us to the point of wanting to give up. A Five-Star Hotel is not in the budget. We begin listening to all the lies from our enemy to end up questioning God Himself.
What does God’s Word say about embracing trials and resisting temptations?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH A LITTLE WHITE LIE?
“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.” -(James 5:12)
LIAR-LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, NOSE AS LONG
AS A TELEPHONE WIRE
Satan’s greatest weapon is man’s ignorance of God’s Word! Additionally, half of the truth is the worst part of the lie. With every temptation, there is a lie involved. (1) The Prove It Lie, (2) The “For It Is Written” Lie, and (3) The Short Cut Lie. The devil deceived Eve in the garden with these lies while Jesus was victorious in the wilderness.
God is setting up His eternal kingdom, and He uses the fiery trials of life to build our faith, mature us, lead us, deliver us, and develop character within us. Foremost, tests are one-way God’s plan can merge with His purpose for our lives.
So, it’s critical to understand the purpose of trials so to know what to do, how to do it, when to do it, why we are doing it, what happens if we don’t do it and what are our rewards for doing it right? A great insight is we embrace trials while resisting temptations. We must get it right here on earth, so to be right when we arrive in heaven. Remember, there are no do-overs once we leave this life behind.
Absolute belief in God’s Word is mandatory for every believer. From receiving Jesus Christ, having your sins forgiven to taking part in His promises, and receiving eternal life. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The only way to know the truth about God is through His Word-JESUS. Scripture should always be at the threshold of every decision we face because the Bible Is God’s Mind Written Down. Jesus is reciting Himself.
Discerning the origin of trials helps formulate the proper response to them and uncovers God’s purposes behind them. Are they from the devil, our carnal mind, imposed by a fallen world and the people around us, or something God would have us embrace? Discovering the purpose of trials, how to overcome them, how to be obedient during them, how to grow because of them will lay the foundation to “. . . Count it all joy” when these fiery trials appear.
Jesus is dead serious about His Word; in fact, He died to keep His Word. He says that we must be born again of the Spirit, enter the fellowship of His suffering, conformed into His image, and live in the power of His resurrection. We’re also told to do good works on earth, lay our treasures up in heaven, and seek the kingdom of God more than anything else. Knowing that the truth will set us free, we will rely on the author and finisher of our faith (Jesus) to teach us the doctrinal truth in everything.
Since faith is our lifeline to God, we will believe the good news that God is for us and not against us. He can use any situation in life to bless us. For example, because Mary and Joseph endured the “No Room in the Inn” trial, our Savior was born to die on the CROSS for WHOSOEVER would in faith believe, receive, and be saved eternally. Although salvation is free, we must repent of our sins and give God control over our lives. Our sojourn begins at our conversion, and He has much to do through us in this lifetime.
Finally, there was “No Room in the Inn” for Jesus, yet that didn’t stop Him from fulfilling His purpose! Because Jesus endured the trials on earth (but without sin), He can promise that we will be moving out of our stables here on earth into the Father’s house one day. “. . . In my Father’s house are many mansions, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself. . .” (John 14:1-4).
May these writings, I share lead you in faith to believe God’s Word and apply it to your life daily. As a future crown wearer in heaven know that there is always room in His inn for you.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).