"Be Found Faithful in the Fire! Double Reward is Yours!"
By Jennifer Martin
There is a time when the pressing in on every side becomes so intense that
you feel as though you will faint. The trial of your faith has arrived and it has not let up. You feel crushed in your spirit, distressed with little hope, and persecuted at every turn. Many days you spend weeping before God, asking, "How long Lord? When will
I be delivered from this affliction?"
"You will restore the joy, redeem the time, and give me peace."
It seems as though God does not hear or has turned His face from you. You wonder if you have done something wrong,
or maybe you have unrepented sin somewhere that you know not of? Could it be something else? If it is any of these things, then God please forgive us for grieving Your Spirit. But if your heart is convinced before God that there is nothing between you and
Him, then what is it?
Are You Thinking This Right Now? If So, Make These Powerful Declarations Before the Lord!
Are these the thoughts running through your head? "Lord, why do I feel tested and tried? Do I not have
grace and mercy before You, O Lord? Your ways are above mine! So I don't know why I am here or how long, but I know this: I will be found faithful through it all. You will watch me believe. You will watch me stand."
Declare with me today:
"Your ways are above mine, past finding out, so I don't know why I am here or how long, but I know this: I will be found faithful through it all. You will watch me believe. You will watch me stand.
"When You look at me Lord, You will see
me praising You. When You turn Your gaze to me, You will see me trusting You. I believe in You, because I know You. I know You are just and true and faithful to deliver me – maybe not in the time that I want, maybe not according to my will, but let Your
will be done in me. If these trials are working in me a much greater glory, a much greater gold, a precious treasure, then I welcome their testing. I welcome their pain. I welcome their suffering.
"Although it is not pleasant –
not even for a moment – I am determined that I will be found faithful just like Job. He never spoke one complaint against You, he humbled himself with fasting and repentance, and You watched and You found him faithful. You saw him repent before You and
he even prayed for his friends, the ones who mocked You and his faith in You. You found him faithful and You gave him double of all that he lost.
"I, too, Lord, must believe that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. As I continue
to stand on Your Word, Your grace and Your truth, I will also be found faithful in Your eyes, O Lord, and You will reward me double for all that I've lost. You will restore the joy, redeem the time, and give me peace.
"If these trials
are working in me a much greater glory, a much greater gold, a precious treasure, then I welcome their testing."
"And while I wait for Your promises, which are 'yes and amen.' I will wait in Your presence, for You are ever near to those
that are broken. I feel You as close as the air I breathe. I feel Your heart beat for me and I know that the work being done in me now will reap eternal rewards. I will be found faithful, I will be found true, and I will be strengthened with might in my inner
"Something is being done in my spirit through all of this. My faith is becoming stronger through the trials. You want me to be strong; for I must fight the good fight of faith. If I didn't have to use it, it would be weak, so You
cause me to hold up my shield, trusting in my God in the face of my giant. You will come! You will cause me to be victorious. You will cause the giant to fall. Now, in the face of every trial and persecution, I will rise with you! I will soar! I will fly!
I will stand. In Jesus' name, amen!"
Found Faithful in the Fire
Let the Word of God encourage you today. You will be found faithful in the fire, and double reward is yours!
"The sacrifices of God
are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Psalm 51:17 KJV)
"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you,
or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things
of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." (1 Corinthians 4:2-5) (Photo via Flickr)
"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." (1 Peter 1:7)
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