What an encouragement this was to me the other day when I read it.  Our Father knows exactly what we need just when we need it and I needed this.  So many would have us to believe that once we are Christians we are on easy street but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The Christian walk is often narrow, steep, rocky, lonely and exhausting, however we are really not alone, Jesus is right there with us.  Often times we go through fiery trials only to come out on the other side of them closer to our savior and stronger through him.  No Christian likes these trials nor do we look forward to them but we rejoice in our Lord through it all, for he is our joy and our strength at all times.  Right now I am in the midst of a fiery trial, living one minute, one hour at a time, praying and trusting in Jesus and giving him the praise and glory each step of the way.  I can’t get through one second without his strength.  This is the most difficult time of my life and this is so hard to get through but I live on the hope that Christ will direct each step and see me through.  Please keep my family in your prayers, the Lord knows the situation.

From Charles Spurgeon morning and evening, November 12, Morning.

“The Trial of Your Faith”

“Trials must and will befall– But with humble faith to see Love inscribed upon them all; This is happiness to me.”

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials.  Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators.  When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too.  Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven.  No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the dessert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and trumphs in adversity.  Tried faith brings experience.  You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods.  Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation.  Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith.  You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season.  Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

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