Lisa “Nikki” Simcox
Posted August 12, 2008
Nikki was one of our long-time members of the CLM Henhouse (our old message boad) and still follows along on our CLM Facebook page.
Rain - Without it seeds planted in the soil won’t grow. They will lay dormant until that first drop of life giving water soaks in. When we were saved, a seed of faith was planted in us. If it isn’t watered by "rain" it cannot grow.
The rain I speak of are trials we as Christians sometimes go through. Jesus himself said that we would be persecuted.
Matthew 5:10 -12
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Peter also assures us of the reward of trials in 1 Peter 4:12-14.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Sometimes God sends us this rain in light spring like showers, in quick and overpowering cloudbursts or sometimes as a steady downfall. The trials are the life giving water to our seed of faith. It’s what makes it grow. When we go through a trial our dependency on God becomes greater, which is what He desires of us.
He wants us to be more dependent on Him, to trust Him with not only our souls but with our health, our families and our finances. Our faith grows and grows when it is watered and cultivated. So let us be like Brother Paul when he said in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Copyright ©2008-2016 Lisa “Nikki” Simcox
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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