The Trying of Our Patience Bringeth Forth Gold    

Even when nothing makes sense isn’t it wonderful our loving Father knows what’s going on. He is indeed the one in charge. Sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what is happening. The lying voices come in and tell us if only, "I should’a, I could’a, what if and why. "They keep us trapped in the past and fearing the future. This is the plan of the enemy so we are unable to become rooted in the now. God is moving in the NOW. He is trying to teach His people to be sensitive to the NOW.  One of the biggest problems in the body of Christ is being consumed with the fears. The fear of the past, the future, and of failure of not being in Gods will. This cripples faith and without faith nothing is possible. Our Lord tells us to dwell in the now, taking no thought for the morrow. Putting our hand to the plow and not looking back. So often we are caught in the trap of rethinking where we have been. It is His will for us to become more sensitive to the NOW so we may hear His voice more clearly.  

Some are teaching today if our faith is not full enough, we suffer and do not see the answers we request in prayer. Our Word teaches us the opposite. We are given hope in tribulation and testing. It builds mature godly character, the fruit we are to known by. One of the most fascinating lessons the Lord has taken me through is what exactly is peace and patience. And how we achieve it. The Lord desires we dwell in peace and safety. This does not mean above testing. But growing to maturity because of it, clothed in the peace of God.  

 James 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  
James 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  
James 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  
James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  
James 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  
James 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  
James 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  

What he tells us in this passage is we will have temptations and trying. It is not always attack from the enemy to destroy. But sometimes it is allowed from the Lord to build up our faith and bring spiritual maturity. He also says we are to ask for wisdom to help us endure tribulations and testing. He will give it to us when we ask by true faith. If we waver, we are double minded and unstable in all our ways.  

What we endure is meant to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit. This sounds so foreign to most of us as we have been taught for years life with Jesus should be easy. If it isn’t we are somehow out of His will. This is a fallacy. A trap that ensnares us in guilt and self condemnation. Never quite about to walk in the kingdom of God freely.  

Remember the kingdom is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost. It cannot be achieved by works, but only by full surrender. Maturity(perfectness) comes only as we grow in grace. It is our Fathers desire  (as well as ours) to walk in the Spirit residing in the kingdom. Just saying we are blessed or happy in many cases is a cover up for the pain and destruction the is inside.  

So many go to church regularly but inside are close to death. They are afraid to speak out and tell what is devouring them. Our religiousness has condemned many to death by the hand of the brethren because of the fear of judgment. Even many who are standing behind pulpits put on happy faces and are plagued with this darkness. Where did we go wrong and why then do so few truly possess the kingdom along with the freedom it promises?  

I know how it feels to become ensnared in my own mind. I have lived it. I almost died because of the lie. There are so many who are unable to become free. I am blessed the Lord has allowed me to achieve deliverance from this trap. And God has a way of when you have endured something you are able to help others through it.  In II Cor. Paul give us an exhortation that what we go through is not meant for bad. I now know what I endured was not only meant to bring the peaceable fruit of righteousness for me, but also to share with others.  

2 Cor 1:4  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  
2 Cor 1:5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  
2 Cor 1:6  And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  
2 Cor 1:7  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  

If we allow God to bring us through whatever the situation is He will be glorified by it! That is a promise. It is important to remember that His thoughts are not ours. Generally we diminish what He can accomplish. Our human minds are so limited. This is why we are commanded to take no thought for the morrow. As we cannot think to the depths of God. Many times thinking on our tomorrow’s will also bring forth fear and doubt.  

When we allow patience to have her perfect work, we will be perfect and entire wanting for nothing. One thing which helped me to grow to full trust and acceptance of difficult situations was when God revealed the true definition of patience. It is as follows:  

PATIENCE, n. pa'shens. [L. patientia, from patior, to suffer.]

1.  The suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.  Patience may spring from constitutional fortitude, from a kind of heroic pride, or from Christian submission to the divine will.  
2.  A calm temper which bears evils without murmuring or discontent.  
3.  The act or quality of waiting long for justice or expected good without discontent.  
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matt.18.  
4.  Perseverance; constancy in labor or exertion. He learnt with patience, and with meekness taught.  
5.  The quality of bearing offenses and injuries without anger or revenge. His rage was kindled and his patience gone.  

This was freedom when I learned when hard things happened to me it was to bring forth gold. If we put on the mind of Christ, it will change our perception of trials and tribulations.

  Job 23:10  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 1 Pet 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  
1 Pet 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  
1 Pet 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  
1 Pet 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  
1 Pet 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

  The trial of my faith was not to destroy me for lack of faith or to punish me. Thou there are consequences for chosen disobedience. Freedom was possible even in hard times. I no longer was trapped in my mind trying to figure out what I did wrong. The more I walked it out with the Lords help the easier it was to walk in peace. Even when the fire got hot. What I found out was the battle begins and ends in our mind.

  We must allow Father to mature us to the level He has ordained. So when the fullness of time has come we will bear every fruit of God. Walking in the Spirit, not fulfilling any lust of the flesh. Residing eternally in the kingdom of God. Yes, it is possible now. God is not a man that He should lie. I thank Him for the Word which teaches us how to grow according to His doctrines, and not the doctrines of men.  

In HIS Service,
Teresa Daly-Crews


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