Friday, March 5, 2010

Refined by Fire

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 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." 1Peter 1:3-7

We all have our own "fire" to walk through, our trials to endure. No one knows them as we do, as we seemingly face them alone. But God promises us this: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Lord, may my faith be refined, may it be proved genuine and may I praise and honor you through this small fire we are walking through. I know there are much bigger trials we could be facing, help me to look outwardly rather than in. I am so thankful Lord for what I have been given...

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