Are you being distressed by various trials?

Luke 22:31-32  Simon, Simon, behold, Satan, by asking, has obtained you and your fellow disciples for himself and from my power to his, in order that he may shake you in a sieve as grain is sifted, by an inward agitation, trying your faith to the verge of overthrow. But as for myself, I made petition concerning you that your faith should not be totally eclipsed. And as for you, when you have returned to your original position with respect to your faith, stabilize your brethren.

  Satan, your adversary and the accuser of the brethren, would seek the power to shake you in a sieve in plotting your downfall.

But! And FIRSTLY, Jesus has already prayed for you that YOUR FAITH would not be totally eclipsed. Hallelujah!

It is YOUR FAITH that is being tried. It is YOUR FAITH that is on trial.

What will the PROOF of your faith be?

A long time ago, Job also, knew of this trial, and his final response became, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted… And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:2,6)

For your trial is but for a little while.

Peter had warmed his hands by the courtyard firelight at the time of his denial of Him whom he knew, and later only, became aware that what had really transpired was the testing of his faith by a different, more real FIRE.

Gold may be purified in the fire and come out being of higher PROOF. But your faith, which is more precious than gold, it is this which is to come out proven and more pure.

Let the refining take place, for God has allowed it, to the end that you take on the distinctive image and branding of Christ Himself, and become more measured in your mirroring of Him, that will ultimately be found to result in praise, and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Pet 1: 6-8)

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.(1 Jn 5:4)