What Will My Life Look Like After The Test?
“For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance,” (Psalms 66:10).
After Job’s testing of his faith, the Bible tells us, “The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning,” (42:12).
Job said, “…When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside,”(23:10-11).
James records, “We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful,” (5:11).
When the “test of your faith” is over, your life will look different then before you went into the Refiner’s fire. Some, not fully understanding this may become confused and depressed, even though they are on the other side and are walking in abundance in a new place, they may still long for and grieve for the “time-period” that was before the “testing of their faith.”
Some may even camp on the outside of the fiery furnace experience and never fully move out into the abundance that is there for them.
Some like the idea of being blessed after enduring the “testing of their faith,” but may have difficulty in accepting the new circumstance they find themselves in; where everything has shifted and changed.
When the hot flames of the furnace of your test begins to die down; the coal begins to cool; and the smoke begins to clear, you may find that some friends and family members are still standing with you, others are not.
When the “winds of fire,” stops blowing, you may find yourself in a different place than the one you planned in your goals and time-line journal.
Adjusting to your new circumstance must be done quickly in order for you to maximize the purpose for the test. Embracing your new surroundings and giving yourself fully to it will exhilarate the sense of adventure in your walk with the Lord.
***What needs to be restored will be restored and what has been lost, let it go. Don’t find yourself wasting your years grieving over a time period of your life. It will slow you down and cause you to lose the momentum for the next season your life.***
After the Test:
-In a Broad Place; a large place of influence.
-Your capacity has been enlarged to carry the assignments in the next season of your life.
-Your voice has an increased “sound of authority” and your words become weightier.
-Your physical appearance may change. Just like Joseph’s brothers, they did not recognize him.
-Freedom; bondages and limitations are gone.
-Others may remember your “test of faith,” but they will not be able to smell the scent of it, on you. (Daniel 3:27)
-Empowered ability to implement what was planned during the “furnace” of your testing.
-Eternal fruit is manifested. The Kingdom of God is built up and encouraged.
-Testimony and witness concerning the God, whom you serve. Others will want what you have!
-Humility and the Fear of the Lord are by-products of the “testing of your faith.” And the rewards of it are “riches, honor and life,” (Proverbs 22:4).
Positive confession will not keep you from the test. Positive confession will rob you from the richness of the cross you carry and render you powerless in the face of the opposition and obstacles in your life.
The final result of the “testing of your faith” is “the praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls,” (1Peter 1:7-9).