- God used me
- A Leader’s Life Purpose
- Freedom Isn’t Free
- For what is seen is temporary
- No Greater Love – Freedom Isn’t Free
- I want to talk about our Heavenly Father, the Best Dad!
- It’s a War Out there
- Time to Go Back to Church!
- God, the Shepherd
- Are You Part of the Chosen?
- Is this world all there is?
- It’s not enough just to be good
- I used to wander off
- Refiner’s Fire
- Agape Love
- How Satan Speaks
- What’s Heaven Like?
- Wanting God’s Best for our Land
- God’s Making Sure I Get the Message
- O Holy Night
- The Message the Jews Missed at Christmas
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. ~1 Peter 1:6-7
A prospector who discovers gold-bearing rock sends it to an assayer for evaluation. Testing by fire will melt off most impurities and the true gold will emerge purified. Suffering acts in much the same way, says Peter: it exposes and refines true faith. In addition, faith in the midst of such trials will earn future rewards.
I’ve been refined. 3 years ago, when I lost the job I had held for 1.5 years, I went through what could be considered a tough time. Read: Up the Down Escalator.
Here we go again. I’m unemployed again. Only worked for a year after being unemployed for 2. Finances are still strapped and I know it will not be easy, but one thing I know for sure, I am not the same person I was 3 years ago.
My faith has been refined. I know for sure what my Life’s Purpose is and now I have the opportunity to do it. I trust that God will open the proper doors. He will provide and He is in control.
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