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Monday, April 6, 2020

Refine Your Faith…

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold. Though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 

-1 Peter 1:7

I can remember a time when I was driving on a very foggy night. The fog was so thick that at one point I saw nothing but a wall of white in front of me. My knuckles were clenched around my steering wheel, and my stomach churned with nerves, but I trusted I would reach safety if I just kept going. 

Suddenly the fog cleared, like it had never even existed. I had noticed I had climbed up a steep hill. As I looked down from the top of the hill, I could see everything clearly below.

So I started thinking about those “foggy” moments life can throw at us. I feel like this pandemic is one of those foggy moments. Although I can’t see what’s coming, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead and the contagious panic might feel like suffocating white fog, I can trust that God can see everything I cannot. 

He can see what’s ahead, and He can lead all of us through. All He asks of us is to keep moving forward with faith, following His prophet’s counsel, and holding on to what we know is true. I truly believe that faith is choosing to move forward every day, trusting in the Lord that all will be well, even when I am afraid. This is so hard to do, I know, but I also know doing so can refine my testimony in astounding ways. When it feels like there is nothing more I can do, I can choose to trust in God at all times. I take comfort in the Lord for He is my refuge and stronghold in times of trouble. 

If you feel like your anxiety and fear are pulling you apart right now, take time to be still, to reconnect, and seek Jesus Christ. If you feel as if the darkness is just too much. Refine your faith for our Faith in Jesus can and will get us through these uncertain times. Remember our faith is to be genuine, and more precious than gold. I hope and pray you find the strength and peace in the gospel of Jesus.  

Will you join me in the Lord's prayer….

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'" 


In Christ Love

Pastor Cory

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