I found this note in my files from 2015. It is amazing how the word is always relevant, regardless of time.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing(James 1:2-4)
The Lord woke me up this morning with James 1:2-4 concerning the trying of our faith. As I meditated on the scripture, I began to look further into the Word of God finding many scriptures on endurance and patience while in trials as well as scriptures comparing our tests to a refining fire. Our trials are not for naught. There is a higher purpose which is to bring us out as pure gold, a perfected man in the image of Christ to the Glory of God. That is why we can look at our trials and find a reason to have joy because of them.
The reason trials come is not to take us out or to cause us to sin, but to test the strength of the word of God in us. They prove to us the strength of our conviction. We may confess to believing the word, but it is never really evident to us until we are tested to prove the word of God by the things we endure trusting God to perform His word. We don’t know how strong the word of God is in us until we are placed in a position to utilize that strength.
I always say life is a series of perfecting processes which bring us closer to our God intended selves. They do so by showing us where we stand when compared to the Word. This “Perfecting Process” I refer to is the same as the trying of our faith. We learn of God by receiving the word of God. We learn the truth of the word of God as the word is released into our spirit. By hearing the word released from our mouth and the mouths of those who do minister we are matured in faith, and the old sin nature is done away with. We become dead to the fleshly nature which includes mindsets, feelings, and desires.
This is where the refining fire comes into play. In our trials we find ourselves looking at all of the gunk and junk that was hidden in the heart of who we are. Those things just seem to come up to the surface. As we are purified by the word; the Lord will remove those things from the fiber of who we are. He gives us instead a word that identifies with His nature, and we become more as He created us in the beginning; in His likeness and His image. Like I said this is a series of perfecting processes. We are not tested once and made perfect. Our flesh is consistently at odds with the Spirit but as we are tried we come more and more in alignment with the perfected man, who is Christ, and God is glorified in us all.
I can tell you with certainty. Patience is critical in the perfecting process. If we can but endure the flames and the heat standing sure on the promises of the Word of God without wavering; if we will keep the word of God even when it would be easier not to; we will receive the highest gift which is the crown of life. The word says “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12 (KJV). That is an especially great reason to look at trials with joy because we know the promised end!
Patiently Enduring My Trials in Faith! ~ Dawn