“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4)
In most of our farming communities once grains such as millet, sorghum or even maize are harvested, they are ground into a fine flour to be of greater use. The process might be manual involving back breaking stone grinding or, the grain might be sucked into a motor driven machine, that thrashes it into fine flour. It is a fiery process but in the end the outcome is worth the price.
This principle equally applies to how God uses us to fullfilll his purposes in our lives. All by ourselves we are all filled with stuff that makes it hard to be of much use. Our thought patterns are far from God. We are dependent more on ourselves and less on God. So, to draw us close to Him, God takes us through the fire of refining us and clearing all impurities clogging our system, all that results into an enviable fine flour at the end!
Frankly, no one wakes up to long for trials in his life. Trials can shake us and make us wonder if God has abandoned us. King David cried, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” ( Psalm 13:1-2). Yet dificult as these episodes where in his life they drew David closer to God. As he says, “Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me” ( Psalm 142: 7).
Anytime we find ourselves through turbulence from nowhere, lets not imagine God has abaned us. Trials are not a comfortable experience by any means. Yet through such God draws us closer to him for effectiveness.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through life trials you draw us closer to you, remove all impurites in our lives by refining us to depend more on you, and so I pray to persevere through all for victory lies at the end, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!