“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
James 1:2-4 KJV
If you were to ask the average Christian if they trusted God they would more then likely tell you yes. If you asked them the same question in the midst of an adverse situation, they would probably say yes again but more reluctantly. It’s easy to say you trust God when you can see your way out of a situation, but what about when you can’t see?
The classic response to bad situations is “why me” or “I can’t take this anymore.” A trial is a period of time in court where the accused is scrutinized by evidence and testimony to prove innocence or guilt. During trials there is a need for several corroborating testimonies and exhibits of evidence to exonerate the accused. Just as we have natural courts, so it is that the Kingdom of Heaven deals with humanity according to a legislative system. The testimonies that exonerate the believer are that of the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony (the word of God), and our ability to crucify our old carnal desires and live for the purpose to which God has called us.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Rev 12:11 KJV
When faith is on trial, the main reason is to prove the maturity and qualification of the believer for the thing they have asked for. So this means that once a trial ends promotion will be the reward.
Tell yourself; “I know that when I’ve been tested and proven nobody can stop my promotion. Not my boss, my enemy or the devil himself can stop me from my promotion.”
TYPES OF TRIAL
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 5:3 KJV
Tribulation or sifting
A tribulation is a time of affliction, distress or suffering, where the events surrounding a person seek to pressure them into a place of separation from God or the rewards God has for them. The imagery we get from looking at the origin of this word is one of a threshing board which is used to remove the chaff from the grain. This is a form of stripping. So the advantage of tribulation is that it forces us to see who we really are without the distraction of people or things. It can also be likened to a season of pruning where people, places and things are removed from us so that we can grow into the type of person that God is able to build on. Tribulation makes you realize that God is your source, your helper, your glory and the lifter up of your head. It takes your confidence away from trusting men and things, to a place where you trust in God.
Say to yourself; My promotion isn’t because of what a man can do for me, but it’s the result of what God has done for me. I’m going places not because of who I know, but rather because of who I believe. You can’t block me, you can’t stop me, I’m going all the way with Jesus!
A fiery trial is one where the suffering or affliction is so intense, it isn’t only embarrassing, it can also leave people in a state where they want to give up on their Christianity. The picture painted by the words fiery trial sends us to a scripture that sheds more light on this dilemma.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy”
1 Pet 4:12 – 13 KJV
Here we realize that the aim of this form of a trial is to see what we are made of. We must understand that God already knows what we are made of at any time. He doesn’t even judge us by where we are now, but rather knows what we are capable of in our destiny. Just as gold is smelted in the furnace so that the impurities can rise to the surface until they are skimmed off. So it is that during a fiery trial, things will come out of our character and nature that seem off character. You could call this your “wits end corner” or “breaking point.” The importance of the fiery trial is to see what you are capable of and then fix it with the aid of the Lord to become like pure Gold.
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear people say, I would never do this, or I would never do that. The truth of the matter is that many of us don’t know what we are capable of until we have never really been through things intense enough to exhibit the mess n the inside of us.
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
The end result of the fiery trial is double for your trouble.
Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;”