Received this encouraging devotion from Malu Ortiz and wanted to share it with you. [If you are the one who wrote it, please let me know so I can give proper credit.]
Tried with Fire
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
The enemy may be bringing everything he has against you. Hurt after hurt. Calamity after calamity. Distress after distress. Accusation after accusation. And while it feels as though you are not going to make it, your faith will. Your faith will see you through every single trial. You may feel the effects of the fire right now, and the heaviness may be weighing on you, but God will make sure your faith will remain intact. Your faith is indeed more precious than gold. Just when you think you’re done and can’t take anymore, Jesus shows up in the fire.
He is a very present help in time of trouble. He will fight for you. When He said He will never leave you nor forsake you, He meant it.
When He said, He is your Shield and your Defense, He meant it.
When He said that no weapon formed against you would prosper, He meant it.
God hasn’t abandoned you, and He has not left your side. He is right there to help your faith remain.
Understand that every Word of God strengthens your faith, so don’t close your Bible now. Hide it in your heart and declare it from your mouth. Speak to your situation as you stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
Prayer: Father God, I cry out to You. You are my God and there is none else. Thank You for being my impenetrable Shield. I place my total trust in You. Every test, distress, and the fiery situation may be hard to bear, but You are with me to help me come through it victoriously. Thank You that Your Word fights for me. I hide it in my heart and declare it from my mouth. In Jesus name, Amen.