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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Trials Come To Help Build My Faith

In review of 1 Peter 1:7 it says, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

Bottom Line:
Trials in your life show that your faith is genuine.

What this means to me:
Continued trials in my life help to exercise my faith and show that my faith in Jesus it is genuine. As my faith remains strong, it will ultimately bring me praise, glory and honor when Jesus is revealed to the whole world.

Today’s verse comes from 1 Peter 1. In it Peter speaks of the hope of eternal life. Peter tells us It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. We live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance, being kept in heaven for us. Through our faith, God is protecting us by his power until we receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be glad, there is wonderful joy ahead, even though we must endure trials. These trials show that our faith is genuine. When our faith remains strong, it will bring much praise, glory and honor on the day Jesus Christ is revealed.

What I’m learning is that God will help me remain true to my faith through whatever difficult times I will face. No matter what trials or persecution I might face, my soul cannot be harmed if I have accepted Christ's gift of salvation.

I’m reminded that all believers face trials when they let their light shine into the darkness. Therefore we must accept trials as part of the refining process that burns away impurities and prepares us to meet Christ. As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be skimmed off. Likewise, our trials, struggles, and persecutions refine and strengthen our faith, making us useful to God. Instead of asking, "Why me?" I should respond to suffering with a new set of responses:

. Confidence that God knows, plans and directs my life for good. It's hard to calculate sometimes, but God always provides his love and strength for use. God leads us toward a better future.
. Perseverance when facing grief, anger, sorrow, and pain. We express our grief, but we don't give in to bitterness and despair.
. Courage because with Jesus as Brother and Savior, we need not be afraid. He who suffered for us will not abandon us. Jesus carries us through everything.

In summary, I believe God allows trials in my life to show His awesome power. These are not merely demonstrations to punish me, but to reveal to me the unmitigated power that can be unleashed in heaven and on earth in my hour of need.

The Lord is faithful to deliver me in on my day of trouble. He does not promise me gentle winds, but He does provide a safe landing for me. When everything around me is telling me to bend and bow before something I know doesn’t honor the Lord, God will honor me for standing up and speaking up. Faith under fire can be difficult, but the taste of victory is never sweeter than after a hard-fought battle.