Embracing HOPE yet ?
If we will embrace this Scripture , James 1:2-5 brings us all a firm hope.
This HOPE is so FIRM that it will hold our feet on a SOLID FOUNDATION and sustain us through all the shaking trials we face.
This firm HOPE, however, is developed in Christians ONLY in the MIDST of our trials. Non-Christians are not partakers of this HOPE … although they are most certainly partakers of great trials.
What is this strange HOPE promised… a HOPE the world cannot receive ?
James, a servant of GOD
and of the LORD JESUS CHRIST,
to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
count it all JOY
when ye fall into
divers (various ) temptations
[ i.e, provings of our character
–testing what is inside of us] ;
that the trying of your faith
( i.e., manufactures Spiritual endurance ,
according to Charles Van der Pool’s APOSTOLIC BIBLE, Greek Interlinear)
But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire,
If any of you
let him ask of GOD,
to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
We Christians have this strange HOPE of coming out of all of our trials wiser, stronger, and victorious. This is true whether the trials are great or little.
Through our great trials, we are made fit for the Kingdom of GOD. We are trained … in reality, pruned … to bear fruit that will be acceptable unto The LORD.
Embracing the Crucible Chosen by the LORD for us, we become sanctified as we make our lives a Holy vessel.
I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of GOD,
that ye present
A LIVING SACRIFICE,
which is your
REASONABLE ( ! ) service.
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Embracing great trials, we learn how to reduce Self to the point that the blessed HOLY SPIRIT is able to flow unhindered through us to others.
Through our little trials — those vexing ones, those that occur over and over again in our daily routine — The LORD reveals the weaknesses in our character.
Those little trials are the mirrors of our souls. By them, we can see our inner man. They carry with them the UNIQUE function to reveal the weak spots , the out-of-line values, the un-CHRIST-like attitudes which HE+ wills to change.
When we honestly evaluate our reactions IN THE LIGHT OF THE WORD of GOD …
the True Mirror+ reflects the discrepancy
in who we ARE
… versus who we THINK we are.
Those discrepancies are not pretty. Likely, others have seen them for a long, long time.
These particular “little” trials operate like a burr under the saddle. They pierce, scratch, and irritate until … those weaknesses, worldly values, and bad attitudes are revealed to our own hearts and removed.
Inner honesty about one’s character, then repentance, all the while calling upon The LORD to help eradicate those ” burrs “, function as a daily cleansing routine.
Plus, The LORD is pleased with our submitting our character to HIS+ Character. Thus, HE+ sends His+ JOY to rest upon us.
Wisdom develops as we EMBRACE our trials as something allowed from The LORD . They are allowed to enter our lives to change us. Trials receive our undivided attention and our focus changes. The greater the trial, the more we focus on CHRIST.
Many of the great trials are not anything human beings would be able to choose of themselves. We humans cannot choose the death of our child or loved one. We cannot choose bodily injury. We would not choose torture nor imprisonment nor concentration camps. From these trials we naturally flee.
Wisdom comes through trials. But we do NOT receive GOD’S wisdom simply by “putting up” with the trials , kicking and screaming about the injustice of them .
[ Some, indeed, are VERY unjust. Some are brought about by the negligence or evil of others. Some are brought about by physical accidents that are no-one’s particular fault.
However, MOST trials are brought about by our own hand. We walk in the ways of the world or choose things for our flesh… perhaps in ignorance… but still, they are of our own choosing, and alas, we are saddled with the consequences of our choices. ]
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect,
Will of GOD.
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In walking with the LORD JESUS through our trials, we learn how to wait for His+ Anointing.
THIS IS WISDOM !
This is the WISDOM we are lacking before HE+ allows our particular trials to come our way.
Our dear Heavenly FATHER gives to each of us the trials we NEED to obtain wisdom from GOD.
Then Our Heavenly FATHER gives us the WISDOM we need in the midst of our trials … if we embrace the trials as “sent by GOD” to refine us.
We instantly turn our hearts toward HIM+ in the face of the ugliness and heart-ache and injury coming our way. Our FATHER is right there, speaking to us, guiding our hearts, and sending us Divine Help from HIS sanctuary.
We make HIM+ an offering of our wounds and hurts.
HE+ showed us how to do that,
as HE+ made an offering of HIS+
to HIS+ Heavenly FATHER.
However, fear will try to block our hearing, so we must be on guard during trials and testings. HE+ always GUIDES US THROUGH. The dark is as light to The LORD; HE+ can see through it.
If the spirit of fear opens its tormenting mouth, we must rebuke it in the Name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Then we must call upon JESUS as LORD of our lives to lift the attack of fear away from us. HE+ will do it.
Yes, THROUGH it all, we learn to trust in JESUS. We learn to submit our flawed character to His+ Perfect Character. We learn how to patiently endure for the glory of His+ Name, for the JOY that is set before us. We learn how to walk towards VICTORY in the midst of grievous trials.
And we know that
work together for good
to them that LOVE GOD,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
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