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More Precious than Gold

  • In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved in various trials, that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes, even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 1:6'8 WEB

    Faith is the currency of heaven. If you want something from God, you get it by faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe 1: He exists and 2: He rewards those who seek Him.

    Jesus had the faith to walk on water, to calm storms with a word, and to raise the dead by speaking to them. The Apostles after Him continued His work, and Jesus intended for us to continue on as they did from generation to generation. Jesus said this in John 14:12:

    Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12'14 WEB

    So why don't we see more miracles in our life? Because we can't spiritually afford them. We, myself included, simply do not have enough of God's currency: Faith. Matthew 17:19 tells of a demon that the Apostles did not have enough faith to cast out. When they asked Jesus about it, He told them this:

    Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, 'Why weren't we able to cast it out?' He said to them, 'Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.' Matthew 17:19-20 WEB

    Faith is always illustrated as an entity that grows. Jesus said in Mark 4:31 that mustard is the smallest of seeds but grows until the birds of the air can make nests in its shade. The tiny faith of the mustard seed, grows larger. Tiny faith means tiny miracles. Great faith means great miracles. Faith is so important, but how is faith developed in us? How did the Apostles get more of it?

    Peter uses an example of gold refined in the fire to remove all of the impurities like zinc, copper, silver, and iron. The more that gold is refined, filtered, cleaned, and pure, the more value it has. So it is with our faith, but the fire, the testing, the refining, is not pleasant. Too many times when God is trying to remove impurities from our lives, we squeal, whine, cling to our dirty laundry, and scream for Him to stop: 'Oh woe is me, God has forsaken me.'

    All of our prayers are directed at getting out of the fire as soon as possible, and we tend to want to keep as much of our impurities as we can, for as long as we can. Then we wonder why we have so little faith. We wonder why our prayers are ineffective. The difficulties that you face in life are purifying your faith, which is more precious than gold.

    There is no testimony without a test. There is no glory without the story. Don't pray to skip your life; live it hand-in-hand with Him one day at a time. Each time that we face difficulties and we depend on Jesus to get us through it, our faith will grow a little more. Soon trusting Him will come naturally because He has already brought you through so much in the past. You will come through the other side a better person, with greater faith. Fire does not destroy gold, it just purges the impurities.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please cleanse and refine me from the inside out. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and with You by my side, I know that I can face whatever is coming my way. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You, to be part of what You are doing, and to walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Genesis 8:22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." ~ 'Autumn Delights' will be our next fun theme and is wide open for creative interpretation as always. What does the start of fall look like where you live? We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some of California's Autumn beauty even through the smokey haze. Stay blessed, Stay safe, have an amazing week and don't forget to stop and enjoy the changing season ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! My faith and trust is in theLord! ❤️
Sep 1
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Lord come and be a part of my life today 

Amen. 

Sep 1
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Sep 1
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You!

Sep 1
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Sep 1
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

In Jesus name. Amen 

Sep 1
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  My Faith and Trust is in the Lord. AMEN

Sep 1
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Sep 1
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God  for all love and faith  in jesus name amen 

Sep 1
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks for this timely reminder, Pastor Dion! Praising the Lord for the fire today -- He is with me, refining. Lord, find me willing. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Sep 1
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Lord thank you for giving me the faith I have ,I trust in you  Lord you are my Rock.

Sep 1
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for all You have done for me, even though I need to be refined to be pure as gold. I need to be closer with what You are doing, include me in Your plans and be hand in hand. I love You and want to follow Your designs, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Pastor, what a awesome devotional reminder, we need to remember that without faith we're nothing. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Sep 1
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I must be pure gold. Lol just kidding. I am so thankful I've grown so much. Sometimes I get so worn down. These devotional are so helpful to me. Thank you for them Pastor. Praise God. Praise the Lord Amen 

Sep 1
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Sep 1
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Sep 1
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

My trust and faith is in You alone, Amen

Sep 1
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Great word today! Our trials are difficult but once we get through them we learn to trust God more and know that He will always take care of us and go before us to lead us.

Sep 1
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Sep 1
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Wow, what a Powerful message this was. I loved the prayer, it is how I feel daily. I want more of you Lord!  Amen thank you Jesus and Pastor Dion. 

Sep 3
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 3