Trial By Fire

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” I Peter 1:7 (KJV) Peter is reminding us that the fight (trial) that we are in is a fight to keep the devil from stealing our faith. Too often we see it as the devil is trying to steal our job, our money, our spouse or whatever we place value on, but the reality is that what he really wants to steal is our faith. Peter noted is was ‘the trial of your faith’ and it is this trial that is for our development so that we get stronger in our ability to resist the devil and get stronger in our faith in God.
The Message Bible translates I Peter 1:7 as “Pure gold put in the fire comes out if it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” Gold is not important to God, but our faith is of major importance to God. How do we know that? Romans 14:23 “……: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” See why the devil is more interested in stealing our faith, for without faith we would be in sin, just where he wants us. If we lose money, family, job, our spouse, whatever, that is just collateral to putting pressure on us. He really doesn’t want all he is taking, it is a means to an end——getting us to doubt God and therefore, give up our faith.
Fire is used here to denote that it is all encompassing. Fire is a great destroyer and also a great purifier. It burns up anything that cannot resist it. Whatever is not of God will be destroyer, whatever is of God will be made purer and thereby stronger in God and of more value to the Kingdom. The victory for God is not houses, land, gold, jewels or fancy cars, all of that belongs to him anyway. Victory to him is the saint who entered in by faith and who kept the faith against overwhelming odds and a vicious attack of the devil.
Revelation 17:14 states, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and those that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” If we are to fight the good fight, we must be faithful. To be at Jesus’ side we must be faithful. To be faithful, we must have faith as it is said, “But without faith it is impossible to please him:” The ‘him’ of course is God. The devil knows that if he can get your faith, you will not be able to please God and the devil will have won.
The trials we have are for our good. It allows us to exercise our faith so it is stronger in us and we will be better able to withstand the fiery darts of the devil by the use of our shield of faith. (Ephesians 6:16) The trials help us develop into strong believers and men/women of faith. Once we see that we will ‘count it all joy’ when we find ourselves in trial.

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