In life, we all will be tested and tried and will go through some kind of tribulation. Some people suffer more than others, and we cannot understand why things happen, but overall we know that through these fires of life, we are refined.
In the book of Job, it documents the story of Job’s life and how he was rich with a family and all that you would want, and he loses everything. We see how Job’s character, morale and faith are tested and he doesn’t waver on acknowledging God. Job didn’t deny God or betray Him, even though his wife told him to. Job still praised God in the midst of his trials, loss of his children, loss of his homes, loss of his wealth and loss of his health. What an incredible example of someone who succeeds in the refiner’s fire.
Sometimes we don’t understand why we are being tested, and we can become very frustrated and even mad at God at times. We’ve all been there—when we feel we’re doing the “right” thing and that God doesn’t hear us. We can feel like the wicked are prospering and getting rewarded for their poor behavior, and can feel like Jesus forgot us (Psalm 73). This is all part of the testing, the refining and the pruning of our character. It’s like when gold is burned in the fire, the impurities are stripped away and the “dross” (the icky, unclean stuff) rises to the top. Similarly, with our character God can put us in a fiery situation or circumstance where He may be silent, just to see if we will keep our faith and morale. What is really in our hearts? Are our hearts pure or do we only praise God when things are going well?
God Is Worthy of All Praise All the Time
Do you only worship God in the good or do you glorify Him in the uneasy, unknown seasons? I want to share about my experience with the Lord and the truthfulness of how the testing of our faith produces a greater anointing. I have lost a lot in my life, including my Dad passing away when I was 14; my first boyfriend and I going our separate ways after a long time; and giving up my pop singing career to fully surrender my entire life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been through many trials and testings in my family, finances, character, relationships, and the ups and downs of life, but every time God is good and is faithful. It is easier said than done to say that “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” when you don’t FEEL like it. When you are waiting on unanswered prayers and dreams, it is not fun to praise, jump, dance and worship all the time…but we must acknowledge that God is worthy of our praise truly ALL the time.
God is worthy of all praise all the time because He sent His son Jesus (Yeshua, the Messiah) to die for us on the cross 2,000 years ago. God sent His son to die for us so that we could be in right relationship with Him and so that we can have a fresh start daily. God is good because He is Holy and He is just (fair), and we deserved death but He chose to give us a second chance at life.
Remember, PI Girls, no matter what you are facing, God loves you so much! You may not understand it all now, and you may feel like you are at the end of your rope, but TRUST that God is for you and not against you. Know that this part of your life and the trials will develop your character. Just like when photos are developed in the darkroom, it takes time before you can see the whole picture.
In school we are tested level by level and grade by grade to reach graduation. We earn our diploma, our certificate of completion, our reward for our hard work. Nothing in life that is valuable comes easy or is cheap. We must realize that in the midst of the battles, God loves us and is teaching us something. Ask yourself right now: What is God trying to tell me or teach me?
I want to share with you, PI Girls, that the Lord is also bringing forth anointing in your life to make you more like Jesus. Many people in our culture are concerned about being happy when God is concerned about making you holy. Do not compare yourself to others on social media, because it will never make sense or satisfy. Work out your own relationship with God knowing He is with you every step of the way—amen, ladies?
Developing the Anointing in You
God develops a greater anointing in you when you are crushed by trials and tribulations. Going through difficulty keeps us humble and compassionate, and helps us to relate with our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Lord doesn’t want to crush you to harm you, but to squeeze out the best in you. Just like olives are pressed for the olive oil, and just as Jesus was under tremendous crushing in the Garden of Gethsemene (which means “the pressing of olives” and is near the foot of the Mount of Olives), we see that it was for a greater glory and purpose. Your pain can turn into your purpose, your mess to your message and your test to your testimony. No pain or trial is ever wasted, and we must realize we are all a part of the family of God and are designed to help one another. Next time you face a trial, rejoice and realize your spiritual muscles are developing strength. Keep running the race of faith like an athlete, and know that you are aiming for the gold.
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