In Revelation 2:9, John tells the Church, "I know thy works, thy tribulation, and poverty." The Lord does test and try his people. Psalm 66:10 says, "Thou has tried us, as silver is tried." Psalm 11:5 says, "The Lord trieth the righteous." Everyone who follows Jesus is going to face afflictions. Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." 2 Corinthians 2:4 says, "Much affliction and anguish of heart with many tears" and Hebrews 11:37 and 10:32 describes saints who are "destitute, afflicted, and tormented" and "enduring a great fight of afflictions." Think about your own present ordeal or trial. Have you had doubt, fear, or anger as you endured it? Have you accused God of putting too much on you, or of placing you in your trial needlessly?

Have you been on the verge of giving up, thinking, "I've been faithful in prayer, in reading the Bible, and in going to church, but nothing is working."?

Or can you still look to heaven and say, "I know the Lord is good, and I'm going to trust him through this. I won't live in doubt."?

God's purpose behind our trials is not always a test. The truth is, not all of our trials are tests of faith. Sometimes the Lord is after something more when we're in the furnace of affliction. Indeed, the closer you walk with Christ, and the deeper your trials, the more he is working in you to accomplish something other than faith. Whenever our faith wavers, tests of faith will come. We will never be completely beyond such testing.

The Father is preparing a bride for his son, and he wants more from us in our trials than greater faith. This bride is going to be tried severely, and the love for the bridegroom will come through the fire. Her trust in him will be refined through fires, floods, and afflictions. These trials aren't a matter of testing her love and devotion, they're about refining a love that is already fully committed. His preparation of the bride requires that he do a supernatural work in you. Jesus' chosen bride must be consumed with a longing to be with her bridegroom. She has to be weaned from all other attractions. Everything you see is going to pass away as we know it, including the earth, moon, sun, and stars.

God is making these things anew (restoring new) where there are no fires, floods, devils, trials, or afflictions. Therefore, focus your eyes on Christ, and set your affections on spending eternity with him in the restored world. The enduring trials right now aren't testing, but training. We're being prepared (trained) for a world where there will be no pain, having a brand new body, one with the DNA of Christ himself.

I see multitudes of believing Christians who love overcoming faith, but have no longing to be with Jesus. Instead, they've set their eyes on the things of the world and how to obtain them. Such people don't want to hear about focusing on heaven or being weaned from the world. Such a message means an interruption from the "good life" they enjoy here.

When it comes to sufferings, trials, and affliction, most Christians don't abandon their faith, but they stop pursuing Jesus with their whole hearts, thinking, "I can't live under this kind of intensity. It seems the closer I get to Christ, the more I suffer (Selah). Isaiah 48:10 says, "Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."

Church, wake up. You are not undone, as you think. The Lord is still your strength. So get up out of the dust of discouragement and sit down in the heavenly realm I have promised you. Shake yourself off and tell the flesh and the devil, "I am more than a conqueror through him who saved me." -- Isaiah 52:1-3, paraphrased).

It truly is time to shake off the heavy bands and lift up holy hands in praise to your redeemer. Amen! You are free, no matter what your trial, so be glad and rejoice, knowing that the fourth man is still in the fire with you.

Christ will reveal himself in your trial and the fire is going to burn off all the cords that bind you.

"Most likely you are not being tested but trained."

"Grow up into him in all things." - 2 Corinthians 5:14

How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has he ever done anything for thee? Has he forgiven thy sins? Has he covered thee with a robe of righteousness? Has he set thy feet upon a rock? Has he established thy goings? Has he prepared heaven for thee? Has he prepared thee for heaven? Has he written thy name in his book of life? Has he given thee countless blessings? Has he laid up for thee a store of mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard? Then do something for Jesus worthy of his love. Give not a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing for him, but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing forth to his poor or to his work. Out on such love as that! What do men think of a love which never shows itself in action? Why, they say, "Open rebuke is better than secret love." Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuate you to a single deed of self-denial, of generosity, of heroism, or zeal! Think how he has loved you, and given himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness, and clear away the mists of sin. "For Christ's sake" be this the tongue of fire that shall sit upon you: "for Christ's sake" be this the divine rapture, the heavenly afflatus to bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord's service. Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, resolute to honour him with a determination that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour never to be wearied, let us manifest the constraints of love to Jesus. May the divine loadstone draw us heavenward towards itself.

.I wanted to start my first news letter about what line are you in. We all stand in lines! Just the other day my wife and I were standing in a line to get our picture taken. we were happy to be in the line. We had nothing to be worried about, because if you ever saw my wife you would know she is very beautiful. Who are you following? Are you following the  crowd or are you following Jesus?  What line are you  going to be in when you die? are you going to be  in the line leading to heaven hell? We all have to judge that according to God's word. My question for you today is, when we are standing in that line to give account of why Jesus should let you in heaven are  your feelings  going to be happy or scared? Well the ones who have called on the name of Jesus will not be scared. My friends  and readers I do not want you scared on that day. I want want you to be overjoyed, excited! do not let this newsletter go by you with out thinking about which line you are going to be in when all is said and done. There is no coming back once we take our last breath here on earth! So if you're  not sure which line you are going to be in, here is the chance to ask Jesus into your life!  Here  is a prayer for you: Jesus i'm a sinner in need of a savior. I believe you have died for my sins and you rose on the third day, and now you are in heaven. I ask you to be my savior all the days of my life. Thank you Jesus. that is all you have to do                                                                       

    Author mark vlcek

    just a guy writing and helping people  in their walk with Jesus.


    October 2010