It is through the fire that we are closest to Jesus...

THOUGHTS
We have all been there, lost in a sea of trials and tribulations, sunken deep in the heart of the valleys in our life. We try our best to take steps forward wondering when God will bring us out, when the lesson will be learned, and when we will see the sun again. We are sometimes so quick to want the trial to be over that we forget just how close Jesus is when we are IN the fire.

THROUGH THE FIRE

There is something really special about going through situations when we are in Christ VS when we were of the world. Something truly different, not only because we know that God has already worked it out for us, but the way we handle it has to show that we believe He will see us through. So, next time you are in the FIRE, remember these four points:

The FIRE tests your FAITH
If everything in life were easy and simple, how would we ever see just how strong our faith is? Faith remember, moves the hand of God, and it is the times within the fire that God has an opportunity to move in our lives in ways we could not even imagine! When we are in the fire and our life is truly dependent on God coming through for us, He has an obligation to move on our behalf. It is HIS name on the line, not ours, and those whom trust in Him, He will not forsake.

The FIRE leads you to INTERCESSION
So wait, I'm telling you that when you are deep in the valley that you should be putting your effort into praying and interceding for others? That is exactly what I'm saying! When you pray for others it causes a healing to fall back on you! Taking the time to fight other people's spiritual battles leaves you free to allow God to work out your battles. You aren't getting in the way of your own blessings because your focus is constantly on others. This also helps your faith, because you have to truly give your worries, cares and situations to Jesus before you can focus your energy on praying for others.

The FIRE makes you REPENT
Ah yes, that old faithful word...Repentance. It is times when you are in the fire that you MUST look over your life and your heart to make sure there isn't any sins lurking about. Many times our trials become a cleansing of the things in our lives that we don't want anyone else to know about but don't necessarily want to get rid of. The problem is God can't move you to where He wants you to be with those sinful weights on you! So you end up in a valley in a time of cleansing, giving you the opportunity to finally release all the sin in your life. Take the time to really examine everything in your life, even those in your personal circle. Who do you hang around? Where are they leading you? Are there outside forces that you are letting a little too close to your heart?

And finally, the FIRE brings your EVOLUTION
This is the wonderful thing about going through trials when you are in Christ! The main goal is to bring about your EVOLUTION! Its all about molding and shaping you so that He can take you to the next level! The one step closer to your destiny: His perfect plan for your life. Isn't that awesome? He brings you through things to make you stronger, preparing you for the future He has so wonderfully laid out for you.

Faith - Intercession - Repentance - Evolution.... F-I-R-E
When you think about it...what a wonderful cycle!

PRAYER
Lord we pray that you will see us though our storms and that it builds our faith to know that You have already worked so much out for us, we just need to follow your guidance. Lord let us not be hasty in trying to rush out of the storm, but be engulfed in your teachings, your lessons, and your presence. Allow us to learn all we can from you, letting you do as much molding and shaping as you want to so that we can see our evolution in the end. AMEN.

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Till Next Time
God Bless
Amanda of AstriaLegends

Comments (8)

On December 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM , Julia said...

Thank you Amanda, that was a great read! Blessings, -Julia

 
On December 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM , Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

A great commentary. I learned ... more. Appreciate it! Love the letters/words: FIRE. And i'm writing it down so I can remember it better!

 
On December 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Vicki said...

It is a wonderful cycle and this post is a wonderful reminder to be grateful for the "fire".
Thank you.

 
On December 6, 2011 at 1:06 AM , Pearl @ Play said...

Thank you, Amanda! A blessing and reminder not to see trials negatively, but also as a turning point back to God.

 
On December 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM , ZudaGay said...

Wow! Thank you so much for this lesson.

 
On December 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Geannie Bush said...

Thank you so much--I so needed this today. Geannie

 
On December 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Thanks so much, Amanda.

 
On December 13, 2011 at 5:21 AM , Shirley J Crowell said...

Amanda, Thanks for reminding me God takes us "through" the fire, not around it, over it or under it. How does precious metal get scourged from it's impurities unless it is taken through fire. God Bless.