Crucible Words

2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Though every one’s trial is different, they all have one thing in common. The God of All Comfort is there with us in our crucible trial. He has already prepared the way. He has taken out anything that He knows we would not be able to endure. He has set His special provision within the trial.

His wisdom is available the moment we ask. Proverbs 2:7 says, “He stores up wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.” In Genesis 15:1 He told Abram, “…Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

That brings us to another verse. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

The Lord empowers us to go through our crucible trial with His resurrection power. It is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead. Ephesians 1:19 Amplified says, “…what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe…”

We do not go through any trial in our own strength. No, we go through with His mighty power which resides in us. Ephesians 3:16 Amplified says, “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the (Holy) Spirit (Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality).”

I love the words ‘strengthened and reinforced.’ They remind me of rebar in concrete. I often use this faith affirmation when I am in need of strength. “I am right now being strengthened and reinforced in and by and through the mighty power of Your word.”

The words you speak to another from your crucible trial, connect in a way that is totally unique. You will not find them written down anywhere. They are heart words. They are spiritual with no fleshly mixture. They have been distilled, so that they are like an essential oil.

They are concentrated-comfort. They are like fresh oil that seep through cracks of emotional pain to reach every nook and cranny. They soothe, encourage, and strengthen the inner man of the receiver.

What were Jesus’ words to Peter regarding his sifting? Luke 22:30 says, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

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