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fter we believe, we have one type of raw faith. All that we say from the Bible is theoretical and has no depth. But when we are allowed to be tried, tempted and go through various ordeals, we become useful to God and mankind. Our School of Sorrow or School of Discipline is a training ground for higher services.
In fact, all that are specially called or any that wants to be used of God just have to go through persecutions and ordeals so as to be able to bear, feel and help spiritually with sympathy and understanding those they will minister to.
But if anybody's faith is never tried and calls himself a Christian, he had better watch it and re-examine his ways or he is only a superficial Christian and a noisemaker whose faith is not reckoned with by Satan.
The tempter cares less about the non-serious Christian. But the moment one is serious, Satan being a spirit, knows it and one becomes his target of attack. He will start to chase one round every place, perhaps he will be able to waylay one and disturb the fellow from entering heaven. He will even entice one with beautiful things. Remember he is at the moment, the prince of the world (John 14:30).
So, let us learn with patience all the lessons in our School of Discipline without murmuring nor be anxious to be out nor try to squirm (be embarrassed) (James 1:2-4). After we survive it, we will become grateful to God for it.
From the various Bible characters, which we have mentioned in this book and with living examples around us, we can conclude that for many things, which God would do, it is Satan that often, inadvertently accomplish them.
But are you surprised why this is so?
The Bible tells us that all things that are in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Jesus and for him (Col. 1:16).
If everything (Satan inclusive), were created by Jesus and for Him, then He (Jesus) can make use of anything or anyone, to accomplish His purposes for our lives.
(to be continued)