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Being refined is hard!

10/02/2012 - Author: Jennifer - 9 Comments

Have you ever asked God to help you with something only to seem like it is harder?
Let me explain.
There is a book that I read called The Power of a Praying Wife. It is a good book and I recommend it. I was expecting good advice and hoping to be a better wife after reading this book. What I didn’t expect was how my marriage seemed to be coming under attack! I didn’t understand it at the time and honestly, I don’t know when the revelation came, but something occurred to me. Satan does not like this.
Satan wants us to fail. 1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

God is all-knowing and I believe He knows what is best for me. Even when I don’t ask for help, He helps anyway:) I am not a patient person and I don’t ask for patience. I don’t want to be in situations where I need it, but sometimes, God has other plans  (Long line at grocery store with crying toddler, waiting for answer to prayers, dead battery, just to name a few) 1Peter 1:6-7 So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 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.

So what to do?
Pray! Pray harder! God is fighting for me and wants me to win.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Never stop praying.
James 5:16  Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Think on Scripture. 
1Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Refinement is hard. One of the hardest things for me is when I have to go to someone and ask forgiveness. 

When we fall, He is there to pick us up and start again when He offers grace.

God wants better for me. He has gifted some amazing writers to give us insights on what God has shown them.
You can pray for me, with me. We can’t give up. God won’t.
I would love to know what scripture gives you comfort when being refined. Please feel free to leave a comment.
Be blessed:)

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Discussion (9 Comments)

  1. OH the battle. Good word today. Blessings!

  2. Thank you Rachel for the encouragement and stopping by. Be blessed:)

  3. Great post. I linked behind you and funny I had to choose between two posts – How Can Satan Get a Hold of a Believer and What Triggers Your Emotions. I chose the latter but you are right up there with the former – Satan is a nasty character. Don't give him a toe hold – not an inch or centimeter.I also read The Power of a Prayer Wife – twice. I thought I would change my husband – instead it changed me. Awesome book of prayer.Good to find a prayer warrior. I write at both Under the Cover of Prayer and http://www.janiscox.comBlessings,Jan

  4. Satan is nasty and prayer is what gets us through. I hear you about reading the book. God works through me and part of my job as a wife is to pray for my husband:) Thank you fellow prayer warrior for stopping by and be blessed:)

  5. Awww so needed this today… Love those verses , thank you Jen!!!

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