Friday, February 27, 2015

Good Words

 For you, O God, tested us;
  you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
  and laid burdens on our backs.
You let men ride over our heads;
  we went through fire and water;
  but you brought us to a place of abundance.
        (Psalm 66:10-12)

Why does God sometimes permit his people to go through “fire and water”?  Because he wants to enlarge our lives through his purging process.  He uses delays, negative circumstances, unfair treatment, and a host of other difficulties as his word works within us.  How else can he secure our total trust and surrender than by the process of refining us like silver?  So hold on to what God has said even though ten thousand voices tell you it’s useless.  Move ahead in the assignment he gave you even when you face obstacles on every hand.  Never mind how difficult things are for the moment.  In just a little while, God will bring you into “a place of abundance.”

- Pastor Jim Cymbala, Break-Through Prayer

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