Tried, true and tested; may this be your testimony! It may not be very pleasant. I can see that. Your hope may have been deferred or delayed but it is not over for you. The heart can grow weary. You may feel that going on is beginning to feel nearly impossible. Will you in faith dare to believe God?
In order to fulfill the story God has wrote and designed for you and I to walk out has required a season or seasons of preparation. Has it seemed difficult and quite challenging for months or perhaps even years?
I assure you you that you are not done nor are you alone. Your season of captivity that may have isolated you is coming to an end.
God desires to reassure us that “according to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a “living hope” through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” There is a process by which we must be resurrected from dead works in our lives; where in a sense He removes the “dead wood” and prunes us back so that new growth can come forth.
Some things must die in order for some things new to come forth. Why is this process so necessary?
You are being kept for an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you. This inheritance is not for after you physically die, but rather it is a season you are are about to or are are coming into.
“Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5) Yes, in the last days which we are certainly in.
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. His revealing can come through necessary suffering of trial and process.
There are seasons you had to go through in order to become who God called you to be.
You must be strengthened for the times that are yet to come. Perhaps you may be one who has been permitted to be sifted as wheat by the adversary. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Seasons begin, endure and then they come to an end. This is a process of obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9) As you persevere and come through, then strengthen your brothers and sisters. Like precious faith multiplies into the greatest of reward. Be not weary in it! As you are strengthened, stand for the one to your left and to your right.
Now we enter a time of the removal of things that are shaken; that is, things that have been made, in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
Yes, let us be grateful. Tried, true and tested. Prepared and purified. A process of perseverance.
Jesus is the same; yesterday, today and forever. We are to be in his likeness. We were created in his likeness. A divine weaving of Eternal fabric. It is time to let go of the temporal elements in our lives to make way for the the lasting and the remaining which comes through the fire. Remember what you are made of. Royal descent. A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession that you may proclaim and exhibit His excellence.
Are you keeping his Word alive within you? Whoever keeps his Word, in Him is the love of God perfected. If the love of God is being perfected in you then you will be “like him” for you will see him as He is. Seeing through eyes of faith His Promise; His Word received and engraved into your very being.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2,3) Maranatha, even so come Lord Jesus!
Without God’s active presence in your process, life will steal your true identity; who God says that you are. There is no battle that you find yourself in the midst of that you cannot be restored from. God creates always through His Word being spoken. He is speaking you into existence by His design. The breath of God is breathing new life into you through your wilderness or desert experience. Speak His Word as you receive it. “The shaking” is the process of the coming coming together of the tried, true and tested. Yes, you and I are to “live again”. You are a manifest Word of God! It is necessary to walk in our true identity then.
Are you truly “all in” when it comes to having received the work Jesus did at the Cross for you and I? Then rejoice that your name is written in heaven! Be exceedingly glad because He overcame this world already. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. Be true to your identity in Christ.