Every trial brings us through the fires, but God is my fire of love…and He will bring us through it each and every time!
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast (or perseveres) under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:2-4, 12
The definition of perseverance is a determined continuation in something with a steady and continued action of belief that occurs over a long period of time despite especially difficult circumstances.
The definition of perseverance certainly pertains to the Biblical definition of the saints, who after being saved, endured many trials, tests, tribulations, and persecution, from non-believers.
They continue steadfast in their belief because their faith is not their own, but rather, it is in God , and it is not the strength of their faith, that allows endurance, because their faith is only as strong as the Holy One, which is to say, Jesus Christ.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast (or perseveres) under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
When hard times come knocking on your door, (and it will…this is not uncommon to every brother and sister at one time or another in life–1 Cor 10:13) the question looms, what can I do to stop this whirlwind of uncertainty and tumult from happening in my life?
As so many saints in the Bible have said, and so many preachers have preached, it is those trials, and fires which we endure in life, that builds our spiritual character, and brings us closer to the LORD. Just as metal is brought into the fire to purify and make it perfect, so too are our souls being purified with each fire we face.
God will never let us down and He will not allow us to suffer beyond our capacity in which we can handle. He will always show us a way out, and He’s constantly holding us up.
He is our glory and the lifter of our heads. He is the One and Only who can inspire, and the One and Only who can paint a landscape with His fingertips, or allow a raging rainstorm to form while protecting the most delicate of flowers in the midst. Through it all, He cares for all things He created, most especially, us…His children.
Trust Him, speak to Him, surrender to His will. Ask Him to help us understand the reason for our trial, and the strength to endure it, and believe He will bring us through it, each and every time it happens.
For without Him, there is no fire, and without a fire, there is no purification or growth of the spirit. It’s at this time of trials, we must be steadfast in our faith, and lean on Him totally. He is a jealous God, and wants us to turn to Him, and lean on Him, casting your troubles and cares to Him. He tells us so, many times throughout His word.
Slowly, but surely, He’ll bring us out of the fires of tribulations, but know the fire in our hearts, will continue to burn with love, intensifying even more so after the trail for our Father.
Look up, your redemption draws nigh!
“Thank You Father, for Your continued Faithfulness towards Your children, Thank You for the reaffirmation of Your promises, and thank You for the ability to withstand the heat of each trial, I pray for those in the darkness, that they see the light, and come to know You, as the loving and kind God You are, all praise, glory, power and honor be to You, now and always, in Jesus name, Amen.”
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”