Living as a Christian will bring trials. When I was in high school, I had different classes and had to pass all these classes if I wanted to pass the year. I had to prepare myself by studying very hard and for long periods of time. Sometimes it was harder to concentrate just in one class so it was a trial for me to be ready for the exam. Thankfully, God was always with me, without me knowing, and you know why? Because He had a purpose in my life, like he has a purpose in yours.
Psalms 17:3 "You have tested my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress." The Bible says that God knows everything that exists. He also knows what is in our hearts, he allows for us to go through trials. And just like in school we must learn in life. We must learn if we are living as a Christian. It is in those lessons of life when we must find out if our walk with Jesus is right or wrong.
The writer of this verse on Psalms 17:3 made a decision of doing God's will. The Psalmist teaches us that he was able to pass the test before God. The trials in our Christian living will come sooner or later and we must take it as an opportunity for spiritual growth.
Process of Purification
Zechariah 13:2 "I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, this is my people; and each one will say, The Lord is my God."
Precious metals like silver and gold must go through a process of purification. This process requires the use of fire. Living as a Christian, we also go through a process of purification. Many of our trials are; personal problems, sickness, divorce, confusion, loss of jobs, financial difficulties, and the list goes on and on.
With all this we can see that our walk with Jesus will involve trials. We must take this as a process for our Christian learning where we will became stronger spiritually. People know this learning process as "experience". Yes, but to gain experience takes time, and experience in the Christian life is a powerful tool.
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