Trust

Sifted Faith


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Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.

So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.

In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.

God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.

In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.

Christian encouragement


Cling to God’s outstretch hand

Life can get painful at times. But amid your troubles, God’s outstretched comforting hand is always there for you to hold. Still, the choice is yours. Nobody is ever beyond His reach.


I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:8 (NIV) Bible Gateway

Good things happen when you trust God


To trust God takes more than lip service. It requires strong faith, dedication and confidence; and knowing within your heart that God loves you and He wants to help. And only He alone can help. Many Christians think one has to be a follower of Jesus Christ for God to help you. Wrong. Some people follow Jesus, yet they do not trust God.

Learning to trust God takes some form of transformation which could take years to develop. But it could also take a moment or an occurrence of some sort. For instance, from all accounts, neither the Centurion nor his dying trusted worker referenced in Luke 7:1-10 were followers of Jesus. Still yet the Centurion was confident that Jesus could heal his worker. So, he sent for Him.

But while Jesus was on His way, the Centurion exercised strong faith. He sent word telling Jesus to stay put, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof”. He then suggested Jesus just say the word, from where he was, and his servant would become whole again. Jesus then commented that He had never seen such strong faith.

And the woman with an issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48), proved once again that good things happen when you trust God. Perhaps she learned about Jesus through friends and relatives. Still, she believed that her age-old problem would get solved if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Friends, contrary to popular belief, extraordinary things happen when you trust God. And you need not be a follower of Jesus before tribulation comes. Like the Centurion, you can confess your unworthiness to Him in that dark moment, and life changing results will happen.

Of course, it is better to have an ongoing sincere relationship with God before trouble starts. That way you will be more confident that the God you serve and trust will deliver you.

The three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3), had a relationship with God. So, when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon threatened to throw them in a furnace seven times hotter than usual for failure to worship his golden image, they never flinched.

The boys were trusted servants, so the king gave them the option to escape his wrath. But they refused. Instead, the group told the king that they would not worship his gods or bow to his golden image. And they were confident that their God would deliver them.

The Bible says Nebuchadnezzar commanded his mightiest soldiers to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. But something extraordinary happened. Instead of three men, the king saw four men walking in the midst of the fire unhurt. Those boys knew whom they serve. And they knew the God of their ancestors never fails.

Indeed! Good things happen when you trust God. Not just for your benefit. But also for the glory of God. Nebuchadnezzar would later embrace the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Inspirational Bible verses


Life is a long winding and sometimes lonely road with lots of signs. Often many of us follow the wrong sign, and before we realise, our world comes crashing down. Some of us have little or no problem getting back up and starting all over. For others of us, it is not so easy to get back up.

If you are a victim of life’s curve ball, and you are searching for encouraging words, here are a few inspirational Bible verses that will help you get back on the right track.

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him because all the people were bitter in the soul. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (ESV).

Isaiah 40:31
Those that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are call according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is reveal in Christ Jesus our Lord.(NLT)

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)

James 1:2-4
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (NASB)

Hebrews 10:19-23
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest, who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (NLT)

Are you stuck in a bad situation? God will pull you out.


Are you stuck in a bad situation? God will pull you out.
Time and again God came through for people who were in dire straits. Whether it was Daniel in a den of hungry lions, the swindler, Jacob fleeing Laban, scrawny young David biting off more than he could chew and agree to duel the giant, Goliath, Peter locked up in prison awaiting execution, or the three Hebrew boys in a fiery furnace.

God never failed to come through for those who genuinely need help. He is always there for you. And though He may not come when you want Him, he is always on time.

Nothing is impossible with God. So, whatever the situation you are stuck in, God is more that able to pull you out. Whether it’s something in your past, the nagging supervisor at your job that you cannot stand, or something to do with your finances or your relationships.

But it is important to understand that God does not impose His will on anyone. Here is what Jesus says about this. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.“” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Therefore, my friends. God is the silver line beneath your dark clouds. You only have to reach out to Him. He is the same Yesterday, today and forever. He parted the seas, calmed storms, closed the mouth of hungry lions and quench the heat of fiery furnaces. He always makes a way when it seems there is no way.

Open Heaven—Hillsong


Habakkuk 3:17-18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

A Hymn of Faith

17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit is on the vines;
Though the labour of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may  cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Still yet I will rejoice in the Lord and
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.