Refined Through The Fire
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you."
(1 Peter 4:12 ESV)
Within the past three months I have had infections and pains in the only eye I can see out of (blind in the left one), horrible pains in my heart (physical not emotional), issues with my knees and shoulders, horrible pain in half of my teeth (I brush them I promise), flulike symptoms and this past weekend I lost my voice right before I was supposed to speak to raise funds for my outreach.
The reason I am writing all of this is because when you go against the world and seek to bring the Kingdom of God (Heaven) to Earth, their will be opposition. The enemy does not want to see people knowing they are loved for, cared for, etc. He wants people stuck in the fear of not being able to pay bills, feelings of being alone forever, often rekindling of past mistakes that bring shame. But the reality is YOU ARE:
All by our loving God and Father. Through Jesus Christ, we have been forgiven and set free from sin, shame, fear, worry, self doubt, etc. We have been given compassion, love, patience, peace, freedom, and so much more amazingness. The second part of this verse says: "But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." So REJOICE!
I hope you know this and realize the fiery trials/struggles/obstacles you are facing are not for no reason. God is refining you through Fire. Keep running to Him and know how much our Heavenly Father loves you. In the name of Jesus Christ, YOU ARE SET FREE! AmenRefin