The Day of the Lord
1 Corinthians 3:13-14 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
The Day of the Lord (span of time and testing of Christ; the Word of God, The Day) will reveal each one’s work by fire. Though each one will experience the testing “fire” of this Day, it will turn out very differently depending on what type of “work” each one has engaged in.
What is the work? It’s what you have built your faith on and trust in. It’s what you’ve established your hope in. We all have faith, it’s a matter of what or whom it’s in. Our actions and decisions show what we truly trust.
The enduring work is establishing a life built on faith on the everlasting God of truth and love. Only God is life and eternal. If our lives are built upon Him and His truths, they will endure. John 6:28-29
The work that doesn’t endure is our faith in anything else of this world; worldly wisdom, our resources, our personal ability and strength, idols of our own making, elements of this physical existence, religious rituals, whatever we are trusting in other than the One true God. Ezekiel 14:4
The “fires” or trials used to test each one’s trust are many and varied. They can take on just about any form. They are what challenge our faith, test the sources of our trust, and push us to the edge of ourselves exposing the truth of our hearts and minds. As the trials come to us to test our faith, our responses will show who or what we honestly trust in, it will reveal the type of work we’ve been engaged in during our lives.
For those who have cultivated a trust in God and whose work endures, though the fires of testing may look daunting, they will be as a small flickering flame, with no power and easily extinguished.
Their stories will resemble that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in Daniel 3. They have built up a faith in God through their life experiences and knowledge. Thus when it comes to the ultimate test, they are able to stand strong and refuse to bow down and serve (look to anything for deliverance but God) any god but the God. Thus the fire will have no power in their lives. They know their God and their actions show their trust in His power.
Daniel 3:27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
These are those who will endure and receive the rewards of those who diligently seek God. Hebrews 11:6. Those who deeply trust God will continue to trust in the midst of the greatest challenges of their faith and will come out unscathed. Though the fires seem to be at their door, God goes before them and completely protects them. These will be kept from experiencing the Great Tribulation in their lives, for the fire has no power. Rev 3:10
How are they able to stand in the midst of the fire? Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, they have a life of seeking, knowing and cultivating trust in God and are able to stand at the greatest challenges. These were the ones buying the gold refined by fire from Christ. They are His disciples learning His truths directly from Him, and those truths refine their corrupted spirits to be vessels of light to hold the Spirit of God. Rev 3:18
1 Corinthians 13:14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward
For those who trust in themselves and other idols and whose works are burned, the fires will be daunting. The fire of testing of the Day of the Lord will cause great grief as what they’ve trusted in comes to nothing. Fear will grip them as what they’ve relied on is threatened and consumed. These are the ones who experience the great tribulation. However, though all the elements that led them from the truth will be burned and they will suffer loss, they will be saved through the fire.
1 Corinthians 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Unlike the ones who bought gold refined from Christ, these did not. They bought their treasures from what isn’t truly life but death, this world’s wisdom and its lies and deception. Rev 13:17 Thus when their faith is tested it reveals their work – building up trust in entities other than God. They lived by their own will, followed what they deemed was good, and didn’t FIRST seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33
What will your work reveal in the Day of the Lord? What is your hope in … truly?
Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Psalm 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
October 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm
What a beautiful and comforting word (to me!) of Truth and faith. I read another post today about faith and rewards. 🙂 I love it when that happens, when He speaks to me and guides me along in the way I should go.
God bless you, dear Rachel, and the work you do In Him, that will stand the test.
October 11, 2011 at 9:10 am
Hi Debbie – I have seen so many “rewards” on every level from seeking God … His paths are truly of life, peace, rest, joy, healing and power. You come to a point where all you want is Him.
October 11, 2011 at 10:07 am
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day
October 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Parable of The Lord’s Day
A third of the sun was struck,
a third of the moon,
and a third of the stars,
so that a third of them were darkened.
A third of the day did not shine,
and likewise the night.
November 3, 2011 at 9:33 am
any thoughts on how long the ‘day’ is?
The start of The Trumpets?…… til the actual Second Coming?
The whole last ‘week’ (7 years) of Daniels prophecy?
The 42 months?
The 1290 -1335 days?
November 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm
Hi Brian — not sure the length of the “day” … God has been teaching me a lot lately, but it’s all new and unlike what has been taught by the churches and mainstream Christianity especially about the end. So I’m listening and as the ideas become solidified by Him, I hope to share Him – God is far more loving and merciful than we are.
November 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm
im not to sure either,..but one thing is for sure,..the ‘day’ told of in Zechariah :14….esp v 4.
hmmm,..teaching you and me and many others,..its so Wonderful,..i dont think we could even start to comprehend His ‘Love and Mercy’,..or His Sons Love,Humility,..and patience,..but i can say i have felt a little piece the ‘Gentleness of His Holy Spirit’….and can say i have seen it, heard it,and know it, in the Rock Solid, messages you put out from It.
sadly the reality is,..all mainstream ‘christianity’ is part and parcel of the mainstream Babylon ‘false pagan worship of the baal,sun god deity,from Rev 9 :11,christ helios’,… ‘the one from the ‘pit’..apolloyon/abaddon/helios/ie’sous/je’sus,..all one and the same,all the son of the queen of heaven,…paganism mixed with modern day ‘christianity’ is still paganism/babylon,..
…and im sure no need to tell you how hard it is to get through to our sibling brothers and sisters in ‘christianity’…no matter how hard we bleat on at them,..never mind our lost sheep brothers and sisters.
November 4, 2011 at 9:50 am
Hi Anonymous … it is a taste … and it is astounding, now you can see how no one has imagined what God has in store for those who love Him. Agree about mainstream Christianity being a part and parcel of Babylon. The spiritual warfare is great, but how much greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world … and that light in the elect is growing.