If some of you are being tossed around like bacon on a camp fire, in a way where parts of you are burning off…
…can I tell you something? I relate?
I know what it is to go through a time of wait, where all you need is answers.
I know what it is to struggle with relationships at a high-tension point.
I know what it is to see truths about yourself that hurt.
I know what it is to wonder if everything will work out.
I know what it is to feel like it never is going to end.
I’ve experienced this time and time again, in different ways: a near-diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, financial debt, emotional issues, and endless trials. Tribulation keeps happening.
What fire are you enduring? What do you feel like you are losing?
“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Pet. 1:7)
May I encourage you today? The fire you’re enduring is removing you and increasing God’s glory within you.
Through my Multiple Sclerosis issues, where my hands got numb and my eyes couldn’t see, I learned: Heaven is all that matters on earth and I have that WRAPPED UP!
Through my financial debt, when I had a double-digit-in-the-thousands negative balance, I learned for the future: It is good to have less stuff, it ties you down to debt less and frees you to move according to God’s will more.
Through my emotional issues, when I suffered with depression, I learned: God really does love me just the way I am. In this, I am free to trust him with the change he is leading me to. It will be good for me.
Through my endless trials, I learned: God, less of me and more of you.
Fire removes the impurities of our flesh and leaves us with the Spirit of God. Every time. It leaves the blaze on us. It ignites us with passion. It refuels us with glory.
Be encouraged: What you are enduring today will not kill you, it will make you, when all is said and done, more radiant, beautiful and sure in Christ Jesus.
Keep hanging on! He has a good hold on you.
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