1. The security of our salvation rests in the power of God, not in the failure of man. Sometimes we are confused about our salvation because we base it on the wrong thing. We have to work on our fellowship (relationship vs. fellowship). Sometimes joy is seasonal. Our lives are seasonal. The Jews were in bondage to Roman tyranny. Yet Peter told them to rejoice.
2. The difficulties of life can bring about great heaviness of heart. It is okay to ask God “Why?” — even Jesus did — as long as we are willing to obey. Be careful who you castigate, for God might make you walk in their shoes. God will never waste your pain. (Refer to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 about seasons and times for various things in our lives.)
3. A faith that’s never tested is a faith that can’t be trusted. Either you’re in a trial, just came out of a trial, or about to enter a trial. God allows us to go through trials for they are more precious than gold. There are lost people who handle trials better than saved people. That ought not be. Be leery of the person who always says, “Everything’s fine.” My fiery trial can often help with your fiery trial.
Pastor: “I’ve never seen God but I love Him with a passion.”
4. The faith of a believer is stronger than the sight of a non-believer. Some things are unexplainable. There are many things we believe in but have not seen. We should love what God thinks more than what anyone else thinks.