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"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter.1:7 KJV).

We obviously don't have the same kind of trials as the early apostles did, however you may be facing "trials" in your health, finances, relationships or work etc.  What the apostle Peter meant here is that our faith is more precious than gold and that trials prove our faith and only cause our faith to bring us praise and approval from Christ.

Keep standing on the promises of God for whatever you are believing God for because in 1 Kings 8:56 we are told that not one of God's good promises has failed and the apostle Paul wrote that the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).

All things are possible for God (Matt 19:26) and with God dwelling in us, nothing is impossible for us (Phil 4:13). In fact, God said that when we are in a trial, perplexed, at our wits end and at our weakest, then that’s when he can work in our lives at his strongest (2 Cor 12:9).  

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth al understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). When trials come, role them over on God, pray and enjoy his peace.

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Is anyone hungry? Hungry for God, that is.

David was hungry for God: Psalms. 27:4 (KJV) “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. In Psalm. 42:1-2 we note: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God?”

There are many similar verses in the Bible. So, how do we get hungry for God? Well, if you compare it to eating food, if you eat a little of something good, you want more. As you eat it more and more you get so you can’t do without it. It's the same with the presence of God. The more time you spend with him, in his word, prayer and fellowship the more that you want.

We can also pray and ask God to make us hungry. I have heard it said that if you discipline yourself to do something every day for 3 weeks it becomes a habit. Cultivating a hunger for God would be a good habit to have. There’s one good thing about spiritual hunger; you can’t get physically fat by spending too much time with God.

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Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and I believe it is very much a part of love. In the description of love found in 1 Corinthians 13:4 the first thing it says about love is that love is patient.

There are 2 primary words for patience in the NT; the meaning of one is patience with people and the other is more patience with circumstances. Col 3:12 is an example of patience with people. Here the word can also be translated as long suffering; with the sense of restraint in terms of revenge when people try our patience. Hebrews 10:36 is an example of patience in circumstances where it says we need to have patience or endurance, so we can see the manifestation of what we are believing God for; despite contradictory circumstances.

So, we see that when it comes to patience in the face of circumstances, it is very much tied together with faith as it says in Hebrews 6:12 (KJV): "faith and patience inherit the promises". In Mark 11:24 we read “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”. We believe that our prayers are answered when we pray but the physical manifestation of the answer to our prayers may take some time to arrive; this calls for patience.

As we meditate on God’s word concerning patience, the Holy Spirit can develop that fruit within us.

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Fear God

Throughout the bible, in the New and Old Testaments, we are exhorted to fear God (Prov 3:7; Mtth 10:28). If we study these words out in the context they are used, the fear we are discussing is not a terrible, dread but a reverential fear, awe and respect of our mighty God. In Psalms 111:10 (KJV) we can see the principle result of this fear in our lives: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever”.

To fear God is to walk in reverential awe of his might and majesty but it is also to walk in obedience and praise. The Bible is full of the benefits of fearing God as we have described that kind of fear above. Read Psalm 112 today to see these benefits described. This Psalm tells us that the men who fear God are blessed; walk in the light, are wealthy, righteous, gracious, discrete, full of faith, fearless, victorious, generous and never moved.

“The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” (Prov 19:23) God said that those who feared him would be his and that he would make them his jewels (Mal 3:16-17). I like that.

Not so for the men who do not fear God, the Bible tells us it will not go well for them (Eccl 8:13).

It would seem you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make the best decision here.

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27; KJV). The word for “peace” here is “eirene” which means; a state of tranquility, rest and confidence in our relationship with Christ Jesus no matter what is happening around us.

Notice that Jesus leaves us his peace but we have a part to play too. We must not allow agitation, anxiety or permit fear. 1 Peter 3:11 says that we must search for peace and seek it eagerly. Seek in this context is not passive but means an active, aggressive and persistent search.

Isaiah wrote that if we truly trust God and keep our focus on him, we can enjoy his perfect peace (Isa 26:3). The writer of Psalm 119 put it a little differently in writing that if we loved God’s word, we would enjoy great peace (Ps 119:165).

The Bible also says that God is our peace and we must allow it to: "rule in our hearts" (Col. 3:15). If that is the case then to enjoy this peace, we need to meditate on it, confess it and believe it.

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