LESSON 8 24/1/2016
PAUL, THE PERSECUTED APOSTLE
Suggested Hymns: GHB 240; 311
Devotional Reading: 2 Tim. 2:1-13
Topic for Adults: Faith in the face of trial
Topic for Youths: You cannot but be tried
Topic for Intermediates: Be Courageous
Scripture Lesson: 1 Cor 4:1- 2; 9-13; 2 Cor. 6:3-10; Jam. 1: 2-4
Memory Verse: “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved”. (Matt. 10:22) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Don’t Be Surprised That You Are Going Through Testing
1 Pet. 4:12
Have you ever had a teacher tell you at the beginning of a school term that there would be tests without notice? Sometimes they’re called a “Pop quiz”. Maybe you didn’t like it, but at least you knew to be prepared by studying and completing your homework on time. You understood the tests were coming so you couldn’t say you hadn’t been told. God operates on the same principle. His word says; “… don’t be surprised that you are going through testing…”. Now, God’s tests aren’t necessarily ones you have chosen for yourself because they NEVER seem to come at the expected time and always test you in your weakest areas. That’s because they’re not for the teacher’s benefit, they’re for you. The tests of life are designed to sharpen us mentally and strengthen us spiritually. When tests come, and they will, you’ve got two choices. One: act like a VICTIM and complain that you have been singled out and unfairly tested. Two: let them teach you more about yourself and the God you serve. You can use tests as resistance, the kind you push against to grow stronger. Or you can walk around feeling sorry for yourself and stay spiritually unfit and flabby. Here’s a comforting thought; God will never give you more than you can handle, or a test you can’t pass. His word says; He will never let you down,… lest you be pushed pass your limit; He’ll always be there to help you …´ (1 Cor. 10:13).
Point of Emphasis: The tests of life are designed to sharpen us mentally and spiritually.
Prayer Points: Oh Lord, help me, do not let me be a victim of test.