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Our Current Trial

What trial are you currently in? I want to share with you the one I just went through. As I eluded in my last blog Embrace the Unknown, God was calling me to step out onto the waters of the unknown. He wasn’t calming the storm before me—He wasn’t changing my circumstance then asking me to come. No, the wind was blowing and the waves were tossing!

The funny thing (it’s funny now) is the trail I was in was nothing I hadn’t experienced before. I’ve been in literal devastation—and lived tell of God’s faithfulness. In one summer not only did my childhood hero—my brother—die, but my two-year old daughter as well (read about it here Hero of Grace—Finding Treasure). Many times my marriage dangled by a mere thread. I’ve had three miscarriages, and been on the verge of death myself. We’ve lost our home and our business-starting over many times. I’ve had three of my dear sons walk away from the Lord—very heartbreaking—to say the least. I’ve been disowned by my family. And these are just the major events after marriage.

So I’m no stranger to suffering, what was so different about my current trial? I believe it was different because this time I knew (sort of) what I was fighting for. And as I look back over all the years, I see I was always fighting for the same thing.

It was a fight for my faith.

Your current trial is a fight for your faith.

For about the last year I’ve been in a season of purposefully strengthening my faith—my goal is to be fully convinced without wavering, (Romans 4:20). Therefore in this trial I was fighting to believe God’s Word and the devil was fighting for his ground of unbelief in my heart. God was purposing to remove a deeper layer of fear in my life—namely the fear-of-lack. Fear rooted it’s self in my life when I was a child. It makes sense—God’s plan for my life is that I’d be a person of deep, unwavering faith—the devil’s plan—just the opposite—fear.

Throughout my years of suffering I could feel God’s comfort, and even when the sea of the unknown tossed, as I remember it now, I felt I was in the boat. This time He stood out on the frenzied ocean, extending His hand, asking me to step out on a sea of unknown waters—to trust Him even as it raged.

I’m sure He’s always wanted this scenario and every battle I’ve fought has brought me nearer to this. And while I’m embarrassed to just now, decades after becoming a Christian, come to this place, on the other hand God is ecstatic with me!

I really thought I failed in this current trial, because my head continually bobbed in and out of the water. The heavy hand of the enemy’s oppression—the spirit of unbelief—continually tried to push my head under. I couldn’t sleep and when I did, I’d wake in panic. Worry overwhelming me like never before. The difference was—I fought tooth and nail to believe God’s promises. The harder I fought the heavier it got. Some days I sat all day just reading the Word or listening to worship music, continually praying—determined to own what I claim to believe.

I felt like I wavered, (I’m always way harder on myself than God is). He told me I won the battle the moment I determined to believe—the moment I chose to sit all day reading His Word instead of escaping by sleeping or watching a movie.

The bummer to pressing in while in battle with the enemy is that he presses harder. But God came running to save me the moment I began to falter. And in His faithful love He waited, watching and interceding for my success, holding back breakthrough—until just the right hour, knowing stronger unwavering faith was my real need.

What’s your real need? Breakthrough or stronger faith?

Have you ever read the book of Job? God allowed catastrophes (plural) to strike him. In it the enemy of his soul had a plan, which was to steal Job’s faith and get Him to curse God. God’s plan for Job was that he would not just know about Him but for Job to actually know Him, making God Lord of all—this meant Job’s faith would have to be foolproof.

Over the years God has delivered me from many aspects of fear and I’m very happy to say I am now on the other side of this battle—the fear-of-lack and the spirit of lack its self are broken off my life! You have got to love the faithfulness of God!

This is my song of thanksgiving to God! Psalm 34:1-7,

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

Please be encouraged in your current trial to understand it’s more about your faith than your need.

James 1:2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Fear God?

A decade ago when the Lord first approached me on the subject of Fear of the Lord, I was unmistakably baffled, “Fear the God of love?”

As I searched for the meaning of the Fear of the Lord, God’s message unfolded as this—friendship– intimacy with Him, is set aside for those that fear Him.

As stated in Psalm 25:14

“Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who fear Him”

Therefore, to truly love the God of love I would have to fear Him and learn to balance the two.

The Fear of the Lord is a rare treasure to search for and to behold. This treasure holds the keys to the ultimate treasure of intimately and personally knowing God. The fear that we must partake of is based in love, reverence, honor and respect of His holiness—leading to the very essence of the meaning which is to unconditionally love and obey Him no matter the cost.

Psalm 34:9 heralds,

“Oh, fear the Lord, you saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.”

In today’s culture, no want would be a rarity. The truth is, the Fear of the Lord unlocks a deep love relationship with Him where carnal want is decreased.

You may ask, what exactly is the Fear of the Lord? The following scriptures enlighten us:

 “The fear of the Lord is true wisdom” Job 28:28
 “The fear of the Lord is clean [pure] enduring forever” Psalm 19:9
 “The fear of the Lord is the fountain of true knowledge” Proverbs 1:6
 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” Proverbs 14:27
 “The fear of the Lord is His treasure” Isaiah 33:6
 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” Proverbs 8:13
 “Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8

Consider the Fear of the Lord as a gateway leading to many avenues of blessings for those that fear and reverence God. According to the few scriptures above, we see that the Fear of the Lord is the key to the passageway of wisdom, purity, knowledge, life treasure and good health.

Another question that may arise in you is why is the fear of the Lord a gateway or passage way to blessing, wisdom and knowledge? Understanding the fear of the Lord is one of those subjects that the humanness of our mind is opposed to. We have to ask the Holy Spirit for a revelation of the fear of the Lord that penetrates the core of our heart and soul.

Proverbs 2:3 gives us huge insight into comprehending the fear of the Lord.

“If you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

Discernment and understanding will give us understanding of the fear of the Lord. If you can’t wrap your head around this concept, cry out for discernment and understanding.

Psalm 89:7 says

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”

Fearing God causes us to put Him in His rightful place and to see Him for who He truly is GOD-Lord and Master! Not as ordinary, average or on the same level as our self, but highly exalted, honored, respected and to be obeyed. God acknowledges a reverent and obedient heart—this is one reason the fear of the Lord is a gateway to an abundant life.

The Fear of the Lord is not just something we gain knowledge of, The Fear of the Lord has to be ingested, becoming a part of who we are.

Be encouraged to search God out on this very essential subject—it will change your life!