I believe God is speaking to those who have been struggling to stay in a position of faith.

You may have had trials or delays in relation to your prophetic calling, destiny, or promise from God.

Hear your Father say, “Do not give up! Lean upon Me, for I am faithful to My promises and My grace is abundant towards you”.

4 Signs Your Trial Is Producing Great Faith

1. Issues in Your Life Have Been Surfacing

The same promise that Jesus gave to Peter, He gives to you.
“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. (Luke 22:32 NIV, see also Heb 7:25)

Jesus is praying for you, that your faith may not fail.

Peter had just boasted of his faith and ability to follow Jesus. He didn’t understand that as long as his trust was in his own strength, he was in a vulnerable position.

Peter later emerged, forgiven and restored, with a different kind of faith.

  • A faith that trusted in Jesus alone for sufficiency

Gold Tried by Fire

Years later, as an apostle, Peter wrote: ‘These [trials] have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.’ (1 Peter 1:7 NIV)

Be assured that if a trial has brought a personal problem to the surface, it has become visible to be removed. Hear God saying:

‘Give that doubt, fear or discouragement to Me. Confess that sin and turn to Me. Receive My resurrection power.’

You are not struck down. You are not without hope. You are not stuck!

Your Faith has Not Failed!

Real faith, gritty faith, is not having an unblemished record. It is picking yourself up, after stumbling and falling over.

It is not the absence of ‘baggage’, but the casting aside of it (Heb 12:1)

And maybe there were days when you failed to show up at the roll call of faith.
But those are the times Jesus is seeking you out.

As He did with Peter, Jesus is inviting you to step back into His grace.

He wants you to know that your faith has not failed.

2. You Have Struggled to Maintain Feelings of Faith in Adversity

‘In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.’ (1 Peter 1:6 NIV)

  • The Greek word translated ‘suffer grief’ is lypeo (Strongs G3076), and means to be sorrowful, in heaviness, distressed.

These are feelings and experiences that seem to be in contrast to feelings generally associated with faith!

Being weak, or feeling sad, are not symptoms you are lacking in faith!

They may be signs your faith is in the process of being tested.
They are a reminder that you have a Comforter to lean on.

Faith is not a feeling. Faith is when you still say ‘yes’ to Jesus, no matter what you feel like.

Hear Him say, ‘I’ve got this. I am the Author and Finisher of your faith’ (Heb 12:2)

3. You Wonder Why Your Journey is Different to Others

The writer to the Hebrews recalls those who demonstrated great faith in the Old Testament (Heb 11).

And none were alike.
Each one of them had a unique promise to pursue. A different calling. And individual challenges.

They each struggled with weakness and made mistakes along the way.

When Peter wrote, ‘…for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials, the Greek word translated ‘all kinds’ is poikos, (Strongs G4164), meaning ‘of many colors’, ‘various’, or ‘manifold’.

No one else has the same combination of problems, or physical and emotional challenges you do.

So, don’t compare your faith journey to someone else’s.

  • But do be encouraged by what you have in common.

You have the same God.

You have the same opportunity to obey—to continue saying ‘yes’ to Jesus in the face of great opposition.

4. You Don’t Deserve the Breakthrough (Jesus Does)

God commended Abraham and Sarah for their faith (Heb 11:8-11).

Yet an examination of Genesis reveals that the couple did not always respond in a faith-like attitude.

  • Sarah laughed in mocking unbelief, before she laughed for joy at the fulfilment of the promise (Gen 18)
  • When bearing a child personally seemed impossible, she presented her maid to her husband—an act of rebellion and unbelief (Gen 16)

And Abraham did not have an untarnished history, either:

  • He received Sarah’s maid (Gen 16)
  • When put under pressure, he placed his wife in a compromising position. Without God’s intervention, Sarah could have borne the son of a heathen king! (Gen 12, 20)

Abraham and Sarah did not walk perfectly, but they had a perfect God. And they trusted Him.

They kept following God and His purposes.
And ultimately, God pronounced their faith pleasing to Him.

So if, when a breakthrough finally happens, instead of the sense of personal triumph you anticipated, you battle feelings of unworthiness—stop right there.

The triumph of genuine faith is not that you have run the race perfectly. It is not that you have maintained an attitude of faith in your own strength.

Your faith is proved genuine when you have learned, through trial, to depend only upon Jesus.

That is great faith.

And after the great struggle—the one in which you stumbled and fell over, but still, you said ‘yes!’

Limping, then growing stronger, as you run towards the finish line of your promise, you realize that Jesus’ has taken your imperfect score card.

You are astounded by favor. And you know you’ve come home.

Pass on the gift of grace to others

Now, realize the gift God gives to you, He also gives to others. So, if you see others around you who are struggling in their own faith journeys, extend them grace. Do not judge them. Take them by the hand and help them get back on their feet.

And cheer them on.

Prayer Warriors! The School of Intimacy and Prayer is Open

When I began to experience a significant anointing of the Holy Spirit for prayer 20 years ago, I did not know how to navigate many of the encounters with God I was having.

I saw miracles and breakthrough in answer to prayer, but I also made mistakes, and had a lot of growth pain as a prophetic intercessor.

Since then I have been a prayer leader, have been a minister on a prophetic team, and by God’s grace have developed in ministry as a prophetic writer and teacher.

Now I’m passionate about helping others on the same journey I’ve been on. And this week, a long-held dream has come to reality.

I’ve just launched the Enliven School of Intimacy and Prayer with the first series of topics, and I extend you a warm welcome to join me!

Currently on the Prayer School are self-paced video lessons on:

  • Intimacy with the Holy Spirit
  • Introducing Prophetic Prayer
  • Praying the Mysteries of Heaven
  • The Gift and Ministry of Prophetic Intercession
  • Angels and Encounters (started)

Also included are bonus e-Books and downloadable PDFs and worksheets.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more lessons on: intimacy with the Holy Spirit, the prayer of travail, angelic intervention, the power (and how to’s) of weighing up encounters and prophetic insights received in prayer.

You can find out more or enroll in the School of Intimacy and Prayer here. Alternatively, you can view all online courses here.

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© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

38 thoughts on “4 Signs Your Trial Is Producing Great Faith”

  1. Thank you so much for these Mrs Helen. An so blessed. This was just the message I needed at this time. Am encouraged. I was beginning to even question God asking Him if indeed I didn’t imagine the revelations HE SHOWED me but this post has encouraged me. Thanks again.

  2. Dear Sister Helen, God is so faithful. His word always hold us up in the time of trouble. Yes our faith must be tested, in order for us to move to the next level. I desire to pass every test so I do. not have to go around the same mountain time and time again. I am wearing a smile on my face even though I need a Miracle, which I have faith to believe. I am currently being tested in every area of my life. But I know God will never leave me nor forsake me.
    I was read the comments on this teaching. There is a comment for Sister Jessie Jones , I did not see a resond from you. But I wants. Mrs.Jones to know God knows every situation she is facing and God can solve every one of them. God can save her husband and turn the heart of the Landlord around. Pray the 23rd chapter of Psalm and the 91st Psalm, and see God move in Jesus’ name. As we are true to God, He is true to us. Amen
    I thank God for you Sister Helen. Your teaching which come straight from God, always helps me. Be bless and stay bless.

    1. Hi Jadien, thank you for your comment and your comforting message to Jessie Jones.
      The Scripture about not going around the mountain – that’s one of my prophetic insights re 2019, so that was a timely comment! I pray you will indeed know the release of the Lord to bring you into your new season and to see the miracle you have been waiting for

  3. Hello Helen, I have been going through different trials and test. I am a true believer iin Jesus Christ who is my personal savior. The enemy is coming at me hard, but I know there is victory close. When ministry, children, finances and I fell 4-6ft and hit my head not even an inch from my temple. Dnt know how long I was unconscious, but iawaken seeing lighting with dizziness and head in excruciating pain. I got up layed my hand on my head and told the enemy he was a lie and I would live and if I died I would reign with my Father in Heaven.
    Things ive been waiting and praying for have not manifested yet, but im waiting for the manifestion of His word to come to pass. There are a few times ive gotten discouraged and my faith level dropped, but I know God is not void on His promises. Thank you for the word it was right on point and at the right time! Be blessed WOG!

    1. Hi Dee, I’m praying with your right now for the manifestation of God’s promise to be revealed and for you to be lifted in your heart today.

  4. Drear Prophetess Helen Calder thank you for encouraging word. I was like far country according to Proverbs 25:25 (NKJV) “25 As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.” I believe this word is direct from the lord addressing my life and situation. I have received many prophetic word and prophetic dream but I have struggle for breakthrough, I am not stop studying the word yet I have struggling for prayer because of discouragement. please pray for me!!!!

  5. My dearest Helen
    Praise God for the message about Faith .I beleive that many people will be encourage and believe that in God Nothing is Impossible.
    Thank you so much for your life your God’ beautiful gift to me.

    Pastor Leanette Jabano

  6. Thank you for this. This so fits me and my situation. I have been standing in the gap for my marriage to be restored. So many things have happened that I know God is telling me to keep believing. Please pray and agree with me for this breakthrough to manifest quickly in the name of Jesus! For the scales to drop from Brian’s eyes so he will see truth, and for that wall to crumble. Just one touch from the Holy Spirit can turn this tide towards victory!

  7. Thank you!
    This is very helpful!
    I am journeying along aside as my husband was saved 22 month ago. He is navigating. He gave up the top salary job after being saved. Now he works part time for serving people with disabilities and serving at homeless reach out.
    We are convinced that God’s economy is great, His provision is abundant even we both work part time.
    However, our church has bn studying about money, my husband has been doubting about church finance.
    Our church is very transparent and doing amazing reach out, ministry and more. My husband has been struggling to trust that money is wisely spent at church.
    My request of prayer is, he would not try to understand in his own understanding. He would pray and bless all the area of church and have gratitude. I believe without gratitude, we often fall in to that trap! Plz, pray for God’s divine intervention in this area. Fear must leave, doubt must leave, and pride must leave for good in our life!

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