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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pray For Your Pastor(s) by Rick Muchewicz

Pray For Your Pastor(s)


Today's post is by guest blogger Rick Muchewicz. Rick serves as an elder at Pleasant Hill Baptist church in Orlinda, TN. He is married to Karen and they have a daughter Ella. Rick is an author and blogs at http://awakeatthreefourteenam.blogspot.com/. He is a graduate of Boyce College the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. 


Pray For Your Pastor(s)

    You as a church member have the responsibility and the privilege to pray for your pastor. Your pastor needs prayer. The average church member, I would guess, rarely thinks of their pastor when they are praying. Why is that? I don't know, I cannot answer that for everyone. But, if you are reading this, you now know that you ought to be praying for him.
Why do pastors need prayer?
    Pastors need prayer for the same reasons you do. They face the same things that you face day in and day out. Your difficulties are their difficulties. Pastors face temptations, struggle with sin, are often beset with weakness and doubts, deal with prayerlessness like other believers, have problems in the home, raise children, wrestle with apathy, grieve over social issues, allow stress to take hold, are at war spiritually, and live life in a fallen world just like everyone else.
    In addition to these needs, pastors face others. Pastors need your prayers because they often struggle with depression. The ministry is demanding and often fruit is not seen. It is easy for a pastor to take his eyes off of the Lord and look to all of the issues within the church. Or, a pastor might become bitter and complain. “Woe is me!” can easily become the attitude of a pastor.
    Other things that most church members may not realize are that pastors bear the sins and burdens of their people, are held accountable by God for their flock, experience heartache over the faithlessness of some members, face criticism, may feel pressured to perform in certain ways or produce according to the churches standards, and face the challenges of leading a group of people that are made up of different backgrounds, different maturity levels, different interests, etc.
What to pray
    Pray for your pastor's preparation. Pray that as he prepares to preach and teach that he would be illuminated, faithful, prayerful, obedient, studious, understanding, submissive, and able to apply God's word. Pray that God bless you pastor with clarity, the ability to deliver God's word, that he would communicate effectively, that he will not be distracted from his time in study, that he would be a good steward of his time, and that his sermon will be Christ-centered, Spirit-dependent, and gospel-saturated.
    Pray for your pastor's personal life. Pray for his family. Pray that he is growing, maturing, and spending time in the word. Pray also for his needs, struggles, leadership, character, joy, holiness, and hope. Remember to pray that he get enough rest, that he would be God-honoring, above reproach, a good husband and father. Pray that he work hard and be a good steward of all that God has given him. Pray for his physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
    Pray for his prayer life. Pray to God that as he prays throughout the week he be filled with passion, grace, mercy, love, and faith in God to hear and answer. Pray that he remember to intercede for the saints, confess the sins of the church, and beg God for mercy and forgiveness. Pray that your pastor's prayers will be scriptural, effectual, Spirit-led, and strengthened by God. Pray that your pastor have a desire to pray, that he makes time to pray, and that he never ceases to pray.
    Pray for your pastor's ministry. Pray that he would be faithful, God glorifying, biblical, and persevering. Pray that the Lord bless his efforts with fruit, spiritual growth, conversions, and joy. Pray that the Lord bless him with the desire to serve, cast a vision, be patient, be focused, love the people, and be evangelistic. And, pray that the Lord grace him with wisdom to teach, preach, and counsel in and through any situation.
    Pastors need the prayers of their people. Church members do not know everything that goes into being a pastor and the emotional, physical, and spiritual strain it places on a man of God. It takes its toll. So, remember to pray for your pastors. Your prayers, in God's sovereignty and perfect plan, may be the one thing that is keeping your pastor sane, faithful, and productive. Thank God for the prayers of the saints! Keep praying saints. The days are getting darker, the ministry more challenging, and life more arduous. The battle is real. Pray for your pastor as he prays for you.
    What a gift from God. God has called and equipped men to shepherd his church. He has given them the command to pray for the sheep. And God has orchestrated that the sheep pray for the shepherd. There is a harmony here that can only come from God. Shepherds and sheep need each other. We help one another. We are on the same pilgrimage and headed for the same destination; one is leading and the other following. But, it is a relationship with no equal-a pastor and his sheep. What a beautiful picture, what a beautiful marriage. So again, pray for your pastor as he prays for you.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"John Calvin: The Scholar, Theologian, and Pastor" (pt.3)


Calvin: The Pastor
            Although John Calvin is remembered as a writer, theologian, and professor, what many people fail to remember was that John Calvin, first and foremost, was a pastor. Calvin spent three years in Strasbourg, which proved to be the most formative time of his life when it came to the ministry. It was in Strasbourg that “Calvin was called to pastor the ecclesiola Gallicana.”[1] While Calvin was in Starbourg, he carried out the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and the different duties of the pastoral ministry. The pastorate caused him to consider the seriousness of worship in the church, which led him to translate a large amount of the Psalms into French. Calvin’s heart as a pastor was to lead the people of God into personal, intimate worship through the preaching of God’s Word, the Sacraments, and the congregational singing of the psalms.
            As a pastor, Calvin’s pastoral ministry was largely affected by his belief and trust in the Scriptures as God’s Word. He believed the only way a person could know God was through the testimony of His Word. He argued, “God bestows the actual knowledge of himself upon us only in the Scriptures.”[2] This strong conviction regarding the Scriptures being God’s Word allowed Calvin to have the freedom to preach, teach, and counsel the Word of God as the supreme authority in the life of God’s people.
            Calvin believed without the word of God, man is unable to know God correctly and as He truly is. Calvin believed man is born spiritually separated from God, thus not knowing God correctly, and that man needs to be shown correctly. The only way for man to know God properly was to know Him as He has revealed Himself in Holy Scriptures. Therefore, Calvin held to a high view of Scriptures as God’s revelation of Himself to man. This affected affected Calvin’s pastoral ministry immensely.
            Calvin believed it was the role of the Holy Spirit that testified to the Scriptures being the Word of God. As a pastor, Calvin understood that he could not convince others that the Bible was the Word of God, and that only the Spirit of the living God could do such a work. Some people say that the prophets testified that the Bible was the inspired word of God; however, Calvin argued,
The testimony of the Spirit is more excellent than all reason. For as God alone is a fit witness of himself in his Word, so also the Word will not find acceptance in men’s hearts before it is sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit. The same Spirit, therefore, who has spoken through the mouths of the prophets must penetrate into our hearts to persuade us that they faithfully proclaimed what had been divinely commanded.[3]

He believed the Spirit is what convinced individuals that the Bible was God’s Word, rather than human reasoning. Calvin’s firm belief in the working of the second Person of the Trinity gave him the assurance in the Word of God as a pastor.
Calvin’s primary goal as a pastor-teacher was to bring people to the knowledge of God through the atoning work of Christ and by the preaching of the Scriptures and trusting the Holy Spirit of God to His Sovereign work. He believed the heart of a pastor theologian was to “not divert the ears with chatter, but to strengthen consciences by teaching things true, sure, and profitable.”[4] He believed the chief end of every person was to know God—this was the only purpose of an individual’s existence. This is why he argued that “If a person had one hundred lives, this one aim, to know God, would be sufficient for them all.”[5]
Calvin believed a person could only come to know God through the hearing of His Word. This conviction is what drove Calvin to be a brilliant pastor-teacher, not only in Strasbourg, but also in Geneva. Calvin’s only weapon during the time of the reformation was his Bible. His deeply rooted conviction that the Bible was the Word of God set him loose on an adventure in preaching and teaching it everyday. James Montgomery Boice submits,
“Calvin preached the Bible everyday, and under the power of that preaching the city (Geneva) began to be transformed. As the people of Geneva acquired knowledge of God’s Word and were changed by it, the city became, as John Knox called it later, a New Jerusalem.”[6]

Calvin’s preaching was motivated by the belief that God’s Word was sufficient. This led him to preach through entire books of the Bible verse by verse. He would preach the New Testament on Sunday mornings, Psalms on Sunday afternoons, and from the Old Testament every morning of the week, every other week. Calvin was a preaching and teaching machine. Calvin’s method of preaching through entire books of the Bible and exposing his people to the different genres of Scripture left no doctrine untaught, no sin unexposed, and no promise undelivered.
Calvin wanted, first of all, to be thought of as a pastor bringing God's Word to God's people in the local church. There was one incident that illustrated his full commitment to the Word of God. In 1538, Calvin was ejected from the pulpit in Geneva. In 1541, Calvin was called back. On that first Sunday back in the pulpit of St. Peter's, on what did Calvin preach? Was it a rebuke to the citizens of Geneva for their fickleness, or a vindication for his previous ministry? No, Calvin began again exactly where he had left off three years before, picking up on the next verses in the text, as if to show that he saw that there was nothing more important than his task of feeding God's flock from the Word of the Lord. Calvin sought to not let his personal feelings shape what texts he chose in preaching, but what edified God's people.
Calvin’s preaching also affected the way he cared for his flock. Although Calvin was deep in his theological writings and teaching, he preached where the common man was able to understand the message. He preached in simple terms. He wanted his people to know and become familiar with the Bible. He wanted it become personal to them. Even though Calvin preached from the Greek and Hebrew Bibles in the pulpit, he would explain the meaning without ever using the Greek or Hebrew words. He was very intentional in wanting his people to come away with a sense of God’s glory, rather than the knowledge of Calvin.
Calvin’s preaching for the common man shows the type of heart he had for his flock and others. His preaching was very pastoral and personal. He never lost his understanding of being a shepherd over God’s flock, and he even implemented the use of the words, “us,” “we,” and “our” during the exhortation to the church. With a shepherd’s heart, he avoided preaching down to his congregation, but at the same time, he would call his congregation to honest self-examination according to the Scriptures. This type of preaching was proof of his loving care as part of his pastoral duty.
The theme of Calvin’s pastoral ministry could be summed up in the fact that His theology affected his mind, heart, and the church. Calvin’s early years of education prepared him for a lifetime of writing and teaching theology, which was God-centered. This had an impact on how he ministered to his flock and lived his life. His faithfulness as a scholar, theologian, and pastor has set a biblical example of what it means to be a faithful servant of Christ.
Calvin’s life testimony was to be used in order to bring great glory to His God. He did this by devoting his life to being a student in God’s school of theology. Not only was he a student of theology, but he was a teacher of theology, as shown through his lifetime of pouring into the students of Geneva. However, perhaps Calvin’s greatest contribution was not in merely reading, writing, and studying theology, but publicly ministering theology to those who sat in the pews every single week. The number of souls who have been convicted, drawn, and graced with salvation through the careful exposition of God’s Word by Calvin will never be known, but his writings and principles are still highly beneficial for the Christian today.



BIBLIOGRAPHY
Boice, James Montgomery. Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines that Shook the World. Wheaton:Crossway, 2001.

Calvin, John. Commentary on the Book of Psalms. Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1845.

Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Philadelphia: Westiminster: John Knox Press, 1975 & 2006).

George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers. Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2003.

Gordon, Bruce. Calvin. Cornwell: MPG Books, 2009.

Moore, Thomas. Utopia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Parker, T.H. L. John Calvin: A Biogrpahy. London: Westminister John Knox Press, 1960.

Parsons, Burk. A Heart For Devotion Doctrine & Doxology. Lake City: Reformation Trust, 2008.







[1] George, 188.
[2] Denis R. Janz, A Reformation Reader, (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1999), 223.
[3] Calvin. Institutes, 1.7.4.
[4] George, 206.
[5] Ibid., 206
[6] James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? Rediscovering the Doctrines that Shook the World (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001), 83-84.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"John Calvin: The Scholar, Theologian, and Pastor" (pt.2)


Calvin: The Theologian
John Calvin had an insatiable appetite for writing and it showed itself true in his theological writings. He had a special way of crafting words together, especially as it pertained to theology. Of all of Calvin’s giftedness given to him by God, his ability to write is ranked as one of the highest. Calvin’s depth and breadth in education helped make him one of the most prolific writers in all of church history. His giftedness in writing is noticed even today, as there are still a vast number of his theological writings that are being published.
            Calvin handwrote the majority of his work published. Calvin was known for his fast and efficient handwriting. His writings were in Latin, which were “largely Ciceronian in style and wonderfully clear.”[1] He wrote mostly concise and lucid sentences; however, there were times where he would interweave sentences that were full of imagery. God gifted Calvin with the intellectual wherewithal of piecing together the language with his prose.
            One of the greatest theological contributions Calvin made was his writing of the Institutes. The Institutes of the Christian Religion was first published in 1536 when Calvin was only 27 years old. The book became famous almost instantaneously and became the doctrinal compass for the Protestant movement. Not only did Calvin produce the Institutes, but he also published commentaries. His commentaries had the largest impact on the Protestant movement, not because he produced the largest amount of writings, but because of his scholarly methods of approach within the scriptures.
            Calvin’s commentaries were pastoral in content and sumptuous in scholarship. The Commentary on Romans was the first commentary published by Calvin in 1539, which was a masterpiece. Calvin, like Luther, saw the book of Romans as the most important book of the Bible. Calvin, in his brilliance and consistency, would eventually write commentaries on most of the Old Testament and all the books of the New Testament, except for Revelation, 2 and 3 John. Within the commentaries, one can sense the theological mind and heart of Calvin.
            Calvin rarely wrote a manuscript out and usually preached extemporaneously from his Greek or Hebrew Bible. However, some of Calvin’s more well-to-do parishioners thought it would be a good idea to hire someone to write out his sermons. Nevertheless, “the preservation of the sermons in published form was not Calvin’s idea and was not a project he was particularly enthusiastic about.”[2] The purpose for his sermons to be transcribed was for the common man to be able to read and understand Calvin, since his other writings were too challenging to some.
            The letters of Calvin may be the most underrated of all his writings. There are over four thousand that have been published called, Corpus Refomatorum. As Calvin grew older and more physically fatigued, the duty of answering all the correspondences he received was overwhelming. Yet, he continued to write and respond to those who contacted him. During his correspondence to Servetus, he employed the pseudonym “Charles d’Espeville,” but his true identity was no secret to Servetus and others who received his letters. These letters were easily recognized due to Calvin’s pastoral heart, theological precision, and doctrinal dogma when he was trying to encourage, exhort, or rebuke the recipient.
Calvin’s theological writings and mind was not only used on paper, but also in the classroom. John Strum, a native of France, who was a scholar at the University of Paris, started a school in Strasbough, which Calvin was appointed as lecture of the Scriptures. Calvin lectured three days a week by giving exegetical courses on the Gospel of John and the Epistles of Paul. Calvin’s teaching in Strasbourgh would eventually pave the way for his academy in Geneva. Although Calvin was a faithful preacher, writer, and professor, he earned only a “florin per week for his lectures.”[3] He would supplement his income by other means such as lawyering on the side, giving private lessons, or land lording. One of the greatest pains he must have experienced was when he had to sell part of his library. He was noted for complaining about the cost of living in Strasbourgh when he stated, “I can not claim a single penny my own. It is astonishing how money slips away in extraordinary expenses.”[4]
Calvin’s theological writing gives one insight to his mind and heart as it pertains to the Bible. Calvin’s theology was defiantly more reformed than that of his Catholic upbringing. By being a pastor, writer, and professor of the Scriptures, Calvin had an outlet when it came to his theological convictions. Calvin was known largely for his strong convictions on the sinfulness of man and God’s decree in predestination of his elect. Sadly, Calvin’s views on other theological convictions are just as helpful, yet these two doctrinal positions seem to have acquired him the most opposition.
Calvin did not set out to base his whole ministry of pastoring, writing, and teaching around the doctrine of election. As a matter of fact, “Calvin did not begin with predestination and then proceed to atonement, regeneration, justification, and other doctrines. Predestination became an issue in the context of the history of salvation.”[5] The issue arose for Calvin as he reflected on why, when the gospel is proclaimed, there are some who respond to God by repentance and faith and others do not?
            Calvin’s understanding of election started with salvation. He taught and wrote those who were saved, i.e., the elect, were only saved because of God’s sovereign election and predestination. The same sovereign choice of those to salvation was the same sovereign choice of God for others to condemnation. Calvin wrote, “Therefore, as any man has been created to one or the other of these ends, we speak of him as predestined to life or to death.”[6] Thus, Calvin’s assertion is that the purpose behind God’s predestination and election is in God, and not the creature.
            Likewise, Calvin’s understanding of man’s spiritual inability gave the logical reasoning behind Calvin’s doctrine of unconditional election. This would also be the reasoning why some are saved and others are not. Those who are not sovereignly elected to salvation are not elected to hell, but are passed over by God’s grace for reasons only He will ever know. Calvin gave this insight to election and reprobation when he said, “We assert that, with respect to the elect this plan was founded upon his freely given mercy, without regard to human worth; but by his just and irreprehensible but incomprehensible judgment he has barred the door of life to those whom he has given over to damnation.”[7] Calvin’s understanding of election and predestination was not something he made up; rather it was based upon the clear teaching from Scripture.
            Consequently, lest someone think Calvin to be arrogant in the doctrine of election, he was sympathetic toward others who delayed in teaching it when he wrote, “Their moderation in this matter is rightly to be praised, because they feel that these mysteries ought to be discussed with great soberness.”[8] Calvin’s only desire was to stay committed to the Scripture as he exegeted the text, unlike today, where sermon series are stopped at Romans 8 or Ephesians 1 due to the lack of confidence in the Word of God. Calvin believed that the scriptures were sufficient because he believed that Christians have a duty to know and believe all that God sees fit to teach them in His Word.
            Calvin was an impressive writer, preacher, and professor; however, all of Calvin’s accomplishments were due to him being rooted and grounded in his theology. Calvin was a brilliant theologian and it affected every area of his life. His doctrine and theology was Christocentric and God-glorifying, which made him a brilliant writer, professor, and theologian. He never intended for a theological system or specific doctrines to be ascribed to him with his name attached to them. Thus, Calvin believed and held that the doctrine of predestination and election brought about humility to the Christian, rather than boasting. Calvin’s theology and the boldness to write changed the course of church history, affected a generation of pastors, and the people of God in a major way, the effects of which can still be felt today.





[1] Ibid., p.148.
[2] Ibid p.104
[3] Timothy George, Theology of the Reformers, (Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2013), 189.
[4] T.H. L. Parker, John Calvin: A Biography, (London: Westminister John Knox Press, 1975), 69.
[5] George, 241.
[6] John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill; trans. Ford Lewis Battles; Library of Christian Classics, XX-XXI (Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox, 1960), 3.21.3.
[7] Ibid., 3.21.7.
[8] Ibid., 3.21.3

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Fiery Trials = His Glory Revealed"



This article was written by a dear friend who wanted to remain anonymous. I wanted to post it on my blog since what was written could be a blessing to many Christians right now. I am quite sure if you have been walking with Christ for any period of time you will be able to relate. May the Lord use it for His glory.


“I have given them Your word and the world has hated them…… Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.   As You sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world….”  John 17:14…18

I really wish everyone loved me.  That I was their favorite.  Their best friend.  That they always considered me kind and who they could come to anytime they needed me.  That they loved me as much as I love them.  What movie have I been watching?   As children of God, we have the life of Jesus living inside of us.  His life gives us His desires to have (here & now) a life where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control are all the normal parts of our day. We long for that beautiful way of living.  We long to see it in others.  We long for everyone to love one another more than themselves, and everyone to honor and consider one another.  (Doesn’t it sound wonderful?)  But, so often I forget to quit looking for that kind of love while still in these bodies.  We aren’t in Heaven.  Not yet.  And because I sometimes forget, it is very painful.   As sinful human beings, we can be  inconsiderate, rude, mean-spirited, selfish, looking only at our four and no more.  We can betray.  Reject.   Often times these things happen from the ones we least expect it.  The ones we love the most.   We feel crushed and want to give up.  We want to isolate ourselves from them.  Cut them off.    But we shouldn’t.  Because these things, which our enemy will always intend for evil, will be used for a wonderful, divine and eternal purpose if we believe God.

 “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”

The trials of rejection and betrayal are nothing new under the sun.  Joseph experienced  it - betrayed by his brothers.  He should have been loved by them more than anyone.  Supported and built up by them.  Instead he was hated.  Talked about.  Plotted against.  Gotten rid of.   He could have isolated his heart and become bitter.   He chose, instead, to walk before God.   He knew that God was his, and he was God’s.  That was all that mattered to him.  God needs to be who matters to us the most.  If He is, we can walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control ~ no matter how others treat us, and God will use that for a good which goes above and beyond all that we ever imagined.  Joseph was still very hurt as evidenced by his bursting out and crying so loudly that the Egyptians could hear him.  But he chose to believe God and His hand at work in his life, stating “And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…..to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”    He didn’t want his brothers to be distressed.  He didn’t want them to be angry with themselves. He didn’t want them to pay for what they had done to him.   He saw their actions as a part of God’s plan.  Joseph considered God in the mix,  knowing that the testing of his faith had a divine, eternal purpose.  How could seeing other’s hurtful actions toward us as part of God’s plan affect our ability to forgive?  That’s a game-changer for me.  Give me those glasses, please.     

Presently I am at a season of life where it seems  trials are all around me.  If I look to the east, they are there.  To the north, to the south, to the west.   This morning as I prayed, “Lord, what on earth?”  He reminded me, “Exactly.  You are on earth.”    Immediately  my thoughts went to 1 Peter 4:12: “ Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”  Do people mistreat you?  Rejoice!  There’s a reason for it.  Do people hate you and for the life of you, you can’t figure out why?   God says, “Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.”   Stop being surprised!  Memorize these verses until you stop being surprised.   After all, aren’t trials meant to prove something?

1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. “  

There is a promise here ~ His glory is going to be revealed in the situation.  Don’t blow it.  Don’t be disobedient.  Be obedient…and His glory will be revealed in it.   How can I be obedient?   Treat them with truth and kindness. (Proverbs 3:3)   Intercede for them.  (Acts 7:60)  Thank God for this situation. (Phil. 4:6)  This is God’s will.  Always.  No exceptions.  Joseph said to his brother-betrayers, “God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”  Here is a “selah” moment.   What if this very situation of betrayal you have experienced is God’s plan so that you are ahead of them in prayer?  Interceding for them….blessing the ones who have cursed you, praying for the ones who have used you, doing good to those who hate you. (Luke 6)   This is your big chance to participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed!  What if it is your prayers God uses to pave the way to preserve that person?  And not only them, but their remnant (family) for the greatest deliverance of all - salvation through the cross of Jesus?  What if you are their Joseph?  Could it be this is what the whole situation is about?  What if Joseph had believed the enemy and made it all about his hurt?  What if it was never about hurting you, but saving them? 

As Jesus prayed, we have:  sanctification His Word (which must be our “go-to”…not other people), protection from the evil one and special orders that we be sent out.  He is the God & Captain of His army, sending out His soldiers with His own armor and power over the enemy, to be a part of the great rescue mission.   We will take some hits, but be aware that the enemy will try to discourage us  with these hits and tempt us to make it about us instead of the ones who need rescuing.  Don’t be distracted.  Don’t make it about you.  Be their Joseph.  

Fiery ordeals are the invitation to participate in His work.   It’s what we are sent out into:  “to bring a great deliverance” to someone.   To actively walk in our ambassadorship with the message of reconciliation.  So the next time I find myself being mistreated, rejected, or betrayed,  I’ll see that as a call to participate in His work in the life of someone who needs Him ~ knowing that we will all see His glory revealed.

FIERY TRIALS =  HIS GLORY REVEALED

Write this truth on the tablet of my heart, Father.