Being stretched by trial and answered prayer

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courtroomI look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

tell me what charges you have against me. ( Job 10:2)

When I read about suffering from the many blogs I visit I get so chocked up about the pain so many of us are suffering through. Writing helps us to deflect our pain and release healing into the atmosphere we so often mistake as just air. When the pilots of my ears and eyes are upon the articles I experience a sensitizing revelation that through others pain I can obtain hope for mine.

O’ tested soul, perhaps the Lord is sending you through this trial to develop your gifts. You have some gifts that would never have been discovered if not for trials. Do you not know that your faith never appears as great in the warm summer weather as it does during a cold winter? Your love is all too often like a firefly, showing very little light except when surrounded by darkness. And hope is like the stars–unseen in the sunshine of prosperity and only discovered during a night of adversity. Afflictions are often the dark settings God uses to mount the jewels of His children’s gifts, causing them to shine even brighter.

Wasn’t it just a short time ago that on your knees you prayed, “Lord, I seem to have no faith. Please show me that I do”? Wasn’t your prayer, even though you may not have realized it at the time, actually asking for trials? For how can you know if you have fAITH, UNTIL YOUR FAITH IS EXERCISED? You can depend on the fact that God often sends trials so our gifts may be certain of their existence. And there is more than just discovering our gifts–we experience real growth in grace as another result of our trials being santified by HIm.

God trains His soildiers not in tents of ease and luxury but by causing them to endure lengthly marches and difficult service. He makes them wade across streams, swim through rivers, climb mountains, and walk many tiring miles with heavy backpacks. Dear son’s and daughters, could this not account for the troubles you are now experiencing? Could this not be the reason He is dealing with you? Being left alone by Satan is not evidence of being blessed. If you are caring for a sick family member, if you are experiencing finacial smoothering, persecution from friends,sheer dispondancy of life give thanks and remember your gifts are being refined and defined for you to give glory to God through them by being an instrument of “Fresh Oil” for His good. The Balm of Gilead is your purpose. Only what you do for Christ will last. Praise God at all times and confuse the enemy always. Your expressions are a tell-tell sign of victory or defeat.

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