Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1993

Becoming Fruitful through Difficulties
Diane Dew

"For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the Land
of my affliction" Gen 41:52b.

Many preach a gospel of prosperity and success. But are we, as believers, exempt from misfortune and distress?

The Scriptures teach that "Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward" Job 5:7. Troubles are a part of this life, a result of the fall. However, if we will see the Lord and recognize His hand in the midst of our affliction, we will be able to rest in the assurance that He will bring us through.

Jesus experienced persecution, rejection, misunderstandings, and severe adversity. When we follow Him, we too will come by way of the cross. "If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you" John 15:20b. "And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake ... The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord" Matt 10:22a, 24. God has promised persecution to His chosen. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" II Tim 3:12.

The Lord never promised to take us out of difficulties, rather, to bring us through them. "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee" Isaiah 43:2.

It is in such times of great testing that the promises of God are made real to us. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" Heb 13:5b. The Word of God becomes very precious during times of drought; it becomes our life-sustaining force, our hope. "This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy word hath quickened me" Psalm 119:50.

There are special times of "stretching" that God uses to mold and conform us to the image of His Son. It is during these agonizing times that we experience the most growth. History testifies to the growth experienced by the early Church during times of great persecution.

God has ways of turning evil into good, trial into blessing. "For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind ... (and when) they cry unto the Lord in their trouble ... He maketh the storm a calm" Psalm 107:25-29.

In this Psalm we see repeatedly how the Lord sometimes creates a need (raise the stormy wind), or arranges difficult circumstances, that we might cry out to Him. Yet each time "they cry unto the Lord in their trouble" He graciously interceded and relieved them of their distresses. The Lord will continually bring us back to the place of dependency upon Him, that we might find our sufficiency in Him.

This Psalm also shows us that praise is the secret to victory. God can indeed give us a song in the night. No matter what our outward circumstances may be, we will experience deliverance and find inner peace, as we worship Him.

Remember how Paul and Silas sang in prison (Acts 16:25-26) until victory was manifested even in their natural plight, and they were released from prison. The circumstances around us may not change so dramatically, but if we will allow the change to take place within us, He will give us "songs of deliverance." No man can imprison the spirit of one who so believes God.

Often the Lord will allow trials to come our way to emphasize our insufficiency and the need to depend on Him. "In my prosperity," the psalmist declared, "I said, I shall never be moved" Psalm 30:6. When things are going well, we often fail to cling closely to our Shepherd's side. We seek Him most diligently when we are in the greatest need. "I will go and return to My place," the Lord cried, "till they acknowledge their offense, and seek My face: In their affliction they will seek me early" Hosea 5:15.

Through affliction, God is seeking to work into our character many Godly qualities, such as, Patience, Matt 24:6-9; Contentment, Phil 4:11-12;Obedience. Psalm 119:67; Humility, Deut 8:2-3; Compassion, II Cor 1:4; and True Holiness, Heb 12:6-11.

Although the Lord is fully aware of our difficulties, we should realize that He is more concerned with our attitudes than with the situation, or the trial itself. I Peter 2:18-23.

Unless we are willing to submit to the inner working of the Holy Spirit and trust in the wisdom of our heavenly Father, He cannot inwardly transform us and teach us His ways. We must become fully yielded to the Lord, as pliable clay in the potters hands. Only then will be be able to fully trust Him for the eventual outworking of His plan and purpose through whatever means He may choose.

We can either learn from chastening or receive nothing through it. "In vain have I smitten you children, they received no correction" Jer 2:30.

The Scriptures exhort us to "despise not the chastening of the Lord." Our attitude will reveal the true extent of our surrender. When we complain and grumble, we do not murmur against man, but against God who controls the situation. Exodus 16:8.

It has been said that difficulties will make us either bitter or better. Trials will expose the true condition of our heart before the Lord. Our response depends entirely on how we look at the situation. Even the evil intentions of others, as the Biblical account of Joseph shows, can be turned around and become a blessing.

Consider the purity of Joseph's attitude after being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery and imprisoned for many years. After all this, he answered his brothers, the very ones responsible for all this, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good" Genesis 45:8.

Testings and trials may also serve to broaden our spiritual insight into the ways of God. After his period of extreme testing, Job declared, "I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear (second-hand) but now mine eye seeth thee" Job 42:5. Truth must be personalized within us if it is to be of any real value.

Are you going through a wilderness time, a time of testing and great trial? God can meet you there, and most certainly, He will bless you there.

"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their
tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God
of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high
places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will
make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs
of water" Isaiah 41:17-18.

Rather than asking the Lord to remove you from this time of testing, trust Him to bless you and to make you stronger in it. Embrace the situation at hand as an opportunity to meet with Him and to learn His ways. Take advantage of this in your place of greatest need, and He will reveal Himself to you in His greatest power.

The sufferings of this present world are only temporary. They cannot be compared to the glory that shall be revealed within us.

When we have learned to discern the eternal purposes of God in adversity and to cry out to Him in our need, then we will be able to testify, with Joseph, "God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction" Genesis41:52.