Trials Strengthen Us!

How was a sword tested for strength and proper forging in the past? What exactly took place during the process?

Let’s examine:

In those days the steel for the sword was placed in heat until it was red hot. It was then held up to reveal any grayish spot in the red hot metal that would indicate weakness.

That grayish spot was hammered on an Anvil to smash the molecules together so they were tighter and stronger.

After this the sword was placed in cold water in order to freeze the molecules in place. Then it had to undergo the same process again. It had to be re-heated and re-examined for weakness.

Could this be the process you are now undergoing my friend – hammering, cooling and reheating?  If yes, it may be a sign that God wants you to be stronger. There may be a great purpose awaiting you at the end of the process that God is preparing you for and just as the sword He has to try and test you to ensure you are ready and unbreakable.

There is a big misconception by a lot of people who are habitually afraid of the devil. Whenever any kinds of trials come along they immediately assume it is a demonic attack and pray to the Lord for deliverance.

Have you ever stopped to consider that trials come for the purpose of strengthening your faith and to help you to grow and mature spiritually?

James the brother of Jesus wrote, “Consider it pure joy my brother, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

These words were spoken by one who understood the value of trials. He did not fear the enemy or shunned trials instead he embraced it. In James 1:12 he said, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

The temptations and trials that face us are many and there will be in a fallen world. However, we should not fear or believe we will fail because of it but rather see it as a catalyst for strengthening our growth.

Satan always tempts us with the intent to destroy, but the King of Kings and Lord of Lords places a limit on how much temptation He allows us to face. He never gives us more than we are able to bear. When we are tempted he provides a way so that we can overcome it and when we do we gain strength and become more than conquerors.

Through our trials we gain strength.

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