Endurance Know that the Testing of our faith Produces Endurance!

Whether we are faced with fleshly temptations that rise up from our old sin nature or testing trials that come from above, we know that God takes all things and weaves them beautifully together for good to those that love God and are called by grace through faith in Christ – according to His good purpose. But how often we desire a life that is free from trouble and swimming in happy blessings. How often our pleading pray is for an escape from the fiery trials that we may be facing, without recognizing that there is an important lesson in all circumstances of life, which God desires for us to learn – lessons which teach us spiritual truths that we might otherwise have missed. 

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:4

Despondency and discouragement should not replace our joy in the Lord. Difficult trial and disappointing happenings, are used by God to test our trust in Him and to draw us into a deeper dependence upon His faithful provision and His unconditional love.

And the instruction we receive here from James is no different from the godly advice we have from the other apostles, for James also calls us to meet our various trials with an attitude of joyful thanksgiving, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance – and if we meet endurance with a godly attitude of complete dependence upon God and trust in His unfailing Word, we discover that the end result of that testing trial will be the perfecting of our faith, as we grow in grace and draw closer to our heavenly Father – in love.

Let us be increasingly aware that the trial of life are used by God for our eternal benefit and for His greater glory. Paul discovered the wonderful truth that God’s grace is sufficient to meet all the difficulties and dangers that we may encounter in life. The greater the trial the wider the arms of His sufficient grace are extended to lift us up and to carry us through.. and to draw us into a depth of intimacy with Himself that we would otherwise have missed – so “let endurance have its perfect result”, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God! Ministry: Lost Sheep Ministries on Facebook

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