Tuesday, February 19, 2008

When ye fall into divers temptations -James 1:2

When ye fall, this is to say that this will happen to you as a believer. You will fall into trials, testings, trying, proving, or temptations. This is the perfecting work of God in our lives. We need God to test us to see where our faith is. That is one of the reasons that God test us. When you fall, in a round about way in to various trials you will be tested by God. That is a good thing. If you are not being tested in you faith there may be something wrong, and that should cause you to seek God. Testing or trying of our faith is an assurance of salvation.

To fall into something that surrounds the person under trials. The Apostle Paul writes about being surrounded in II Corinthians. First let us look at 4:8-10:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Then in chapter 11 we will look at verses 24-31:

Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

The Apostle Paul endured through all of this. In all of this I believe he had the right attitude. Turn with me to 12:7-10:

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Trials come in many different types. They may be spiritual trials, physical, emotional, or mental. They will come at you in all different directions. This probably is a bad illustration, but, a diamond when it is held in the light has a reflection in that particular position and when you change the position the light has a different reflection. The same way with trials, they will come at you in all different directions and in manifold ways.

In conclusion, when we as believers go through trails we can go through them in joy. We can because we know that the trails that we go through are to cause us to look at Christ. Look beyond the trial(s), and look to Jesus. He set the standard in Hebrews 12:2 we read, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Let us keep our focus where it needs to be, on Christ. Jay Adams made a wonder comment, “To make the change from the negative though process, it takes a deliberate act to wrench your mind out of the pagan cesspool of thought into which you have allowed it to wade.[1] As one final note of encouragement, pray for the brethren, include yourself in this pray. The prayer is to be able to look at Christ in the midst of trials and to evaluate the trials as pure joy.

[1] Page 18 of A Thirst for Wholeness

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

2Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:6-9 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--for we walk by faith, not by sight--we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

When trials come it is easy for us in our state of humaness to get lost in what is hapenning to us. Yet by God's grace and mercy it is revealed to us that trials are a blessing. What an oportunity they can be. 2 corinthians 1:2-5 We can comfort others because of the comfort we receive. We can be a light and testomony to the believers and unbelievers around us, and trials help us to remember to rely on God's strength not our own.