The Fire of Trial

Trials present us with a choice:
Will we pray or complain.
Will we seek God or become bitter toward Him.
Will we draw near to God, or allow the trial to drive us from Him.
Will we trust God or rebel against Him.

The same experience can have vastly different results depending on how we choose to respond.

1 Pet. 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These 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.

About Rev. Maria Khaleel

Pastor Maria Khaleel is senior pastor of New Life Assembly of God, which she started in 1992. It is a multi-cultural congregation, with over 30 nationalities represented, and over 700 in attendance, eighty percent of which are first time converts. She was saved, baptized with the Holy Spirit and called to the ministry at the early age of eleven. She is a 1986 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, and received the “Young Alumnus of the Year Award” in 1994, given to those who within ten years of graduation have made an outstanding impact in ministry. She completed her Doctor of Ministry Degree through the Assembly of God Theological Seminary in 2014, and was also recognized by the seminary with the “Outstanding Achievement Student of the Year Award.” She was ordained in 1988, and became the first woman to be elected as Presbyter (a position similar to that of "bishop") in the Peninsular Florida District of the Assemblies of God in 1998; a position that she served in until 2006. She has also served on the National Evangelism Committee, and on the National Women in Ministry Task Force. Pastor Maria is also a nationally recognized evangelist. She is a motivational and dynamic speaker who makes the word of God relevant to the lives of the hearer. She preaches the Word of God in power and in demonstration of the Spirit. The burden of her heart is for revival, a message which has taken her throughout the United States preaching revivals, campmeetings, district retreats, and seminars. Her life’s ambition is echoed in the words of Paul “. . . this one thing I do . . . I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).
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