There are times when I admit that I waiver in faith, and this morning was among those. But once more my God who is the author and perfector of my faith has come to my rescue. As Mike and I were returning from Fairview (where we had a mini family reunion over breakfast) to Taguig, the Lord just reminded me of His comforting presence through songs that were playing in spotify (really great app! Anyway…) I asked for a word from Him, and turned to my online bible, where the verse for the day was from 1 Peter. I felt led to meditate on the entire chapter, and the following words just sprung out of the text:
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls
. – I Peter 1:6-9 (NKJV)
Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time. [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. –
1 Peter 1:3-7 (AMP)
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.
I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of 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.
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
– 1 Peter 1:3-7, 13-16, 18-21 (MSG)
Then tonight, after a wonderful time of personal worship (I felt some barriers broken in the spirit), from today’s XPMedia devotional, God encourages me:
I declare that my present tests are nothing compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing and experiencing Jesus, His person, His presence, His power, His truth in my life. His presence is heaven to me, a source of unspeakable joy. Because of His resurrection, He is my living hope. Though there may be dreams that seem lost, cries that seem unheard, I know that God will resurrect these, just as He rose again. He has defeated confusion (even career dilemmas) at the cross. He has defeated closed doors, and opened doors at the cross. He made the way when He tore the veil and said that it is done. He has defeated barreness at the cross. He has defeated debt at the cross. He has defeated kidney stones at the cross (By Jesus’ stripes, Mike is healed!) He has defeated hopelessness at the cross. He only has plans to prosper me, to give me a hope and a future.
Just as David inquired of the Lord as regards the battle with the Philistines, I have and continue to inquire of the Lord as regards my career situation, conception and debt. I know He is responding consistently:
So David inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
– II Samuel 5:19 (NKJV)
Because He is the God of breakthrough, because He always leads us into triumph! Thank You, Lord! You are the God who has turned my mourning into dancing again!
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
– II Corinthians 2:14-15 (NKJV)
And just as You never left Joshua until he reached the promised land (and all the days of his life), I know that You are with me until Your words come to pass, and till I see You face to face
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
– Genesis 28:15 NKJV
Thank You, Lord, You have done it!!! Hallelujah!!! 🙂