With Faith, Stand Up from Your Miseries (Morning)
James 2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Gold, a valuable mineral. You can find it on your personal computer or your own smartphones in minuscule quantity. It never rusts and its price is guaranteed to rise steadily. But to make the gold you know and maybe possess, the gold ore must be crushed into tiny bits. Have a chemical bath, a mixture of water and cyanide. Another cocktail of chemical ingredients is used to purify the gold before smelting. The temperature inside the smelter is about 1.600 degrees centigrade. The cocktail of chemical ingredients is used to separate gold from other contaminants such as silver, iron, and copper. For a metric ton of ore, only yields about six grams of pure gold.
That’s how you get your most precious malleable metal. If you want to possess pure solid faith, the exact steps must be repeated, albeit with different ingredients and processes. When He wants a pure solid faith, He would put our lives into his blazing smelter of turmoils and tragedies. He wants to know if there is true “gold” in our hearts or just less precious metals such as iron and copper. If our “weight” makes us sink or “afloat” in His smelter. Because floating metals are no use in His eyes, only gold sinks.
As with these Passover moments, He wants to remind us of His triumph over death. Bible tells us how His grieving disciples were saddened, felt guilty, confused, and afraid. When Mary Magdalene returned from His former grave, she brought good news with her: His resurrection. We must follow His lead as well, to raise. Because lamenting will not bring you further. Let these hardships become our test of faith, our litmus test, to check if we have a decent heart, a heart made of gold.
DON’T GET STUCK in your MISERIES, but STAND UP IN FAITH.
1. Tell us the lowest point of your life. Why did that happen? What did you do to get out of it?
2. In your opinion, what steps should you take when you’re at the lowest point of your life?
3. What will you do to apply today’s rhema on your day-to-day basis?
“O Holy Spirit, we are grateful because we have you as our friend. We believe, everything that happens in our lives is because God wants to improve our lives. Strengthen our faith, so it may be able to withstand every downturn in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READING
1 Corinthians 13