Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trials Develop Perseverance

As we all know trials are not fun.  As a matter of fact, when trials come they test our strength and faith. We are told the devil is looking for someone to devour and he does this by trying to attack you.  The devil is a liar and the father of them. God informs us that trials will come and tells us in James 1:2-4 tells us "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Trials are put into our lives to develop perseverance which brings maturity and completeness in us.  When we arrive here, we will be lacking nothing.  Trials test our faith and will prove it.  When you enter into a trial the longer it lasts it shows you the attitude of your heart. It also shows you your weaknesses in your faith and where God needs to build it.  It requires us to press into God and stand in his promises.

Trials and Tribulations are defined as tests of ones patience or endurance.  This shows us what we believe and are trusting in.  Do we trust in God or are we believing what we see?  Sometimes when trials come all we can do is see the trial and not past it.  It shows us our limited vision.  God tells us that we are to view things spiritually by faith.  We are not to be moved by what we see, but move by the unseen.

Perseverance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.  As we can clearly see perseverance is the ability to continue to believe in God and his promises by faith despite whatever difficulties, discouragement and obstacles that come our way.  It is abiding in a continual state of grace.  Do we believe that His word is truth and will we stand on His promises?

Through these trials we will be made mature in Christ, fully knowing and having confidence in God.  Knowing this we should count it as joy when trials come our way.  When the trial is over we will see what God has done in our life and how we have grown in our faith.  It will give us the ability to see beyond our problems, distresses and discouragement.  Our hope will be made sure.  We will be confident in who our God is.   The trial will bring forth a blessing that can only lead to knowing that our salvation is sure.  What the enemy meant for evil God will turn it around for good. 

When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will raise up the standard.  He will lift us up and give us victory to overcome.  Stand firm as it says in Ephesians and stand in the day of evil having put on the armor of God, which is Jesus Christ and the fullness of His work.  God tells us He will keep us strong until the end.  Wait on the Lord, stand firm and believe and see your victory!

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