The Fruit of my Trials


 

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 1-2

 

 

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1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Matthew 13:45-46

heart-turquoise-howlite“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”

(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”

 (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to
“Complete your Salvation.

(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”

 (1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)

heart-turquoise-howlite“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”

(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17,19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19,
Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)

heart-turquoise-howlite“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul.  You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
                                          (John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.

 (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”

(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”

 (Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”

(Colossians 1:23)

heart-turquoise-howlite“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Follow.

(James 1: 2-5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”

(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
(Psalm 86:5)

                Doula Faith

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Knowing Jesus Christ


Knowing Jesus Christ
Matthew 7: 21-23, Matthew 25: 11-12

Do you know Him, and does He know you?

 

Probably one of the most alarming things that Jesus pointed out during His visitation was this warning statement concerning “knowing him”.  He wanted to make it perfectly clear that there was to be a “relationship” between the believer and Himself.  So, how do we get to know Jesus, and how does He recognize us as His own?  I believe there is a distinction between “knowing him” and “knowing of him”, and we need to “know” the difference.

 

As soon as I started reflecting on the word “know”, two songs came to memory:  Getting to Know You  by Hammerstein  and  To Know Him is to Love Him  by Phil Spector.  These two songs were popular during the 50’s.  They both speak of an intimate relationship with someone else.

 

In the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25, only half of them were able to meet the Groom, when He arrived.  The other five did not have enough oil to continue their journey and had to go and buy more.  When they returned to where the wedding was taking place, they were not allowed in because the bridegroom did not recognize them as belonging to Himself: They said, “Lord, Lord, ‘open the door for us!’  “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.”

 

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John 3 He went right to the point.  He told Nicodemus that He would have to be “born again” in order to enter into the Kingdom of God.  He then proceeded to tell Him how that is possible.  When we think of being born we have a whole different visualization because of our technology.  We actually have a window on the womb and understand the whole process.  Nicodemus was not privy to that information and so Jesus used an example he could understand.  One thing scientists have discovered and that is that as soon as the male sperm penetrates the female egg there’s an explosion of continuous development and with it the DNA is present that identifies the physical characterization of the developing child. And so it is spiritually, that as soon as we believe In God’s Salvation – Jesus Christ, we begin a brand new life in Christ; sealed by the Holy Spirit; we are identified with Him,  and He knows us as His own. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 In the “born again” relationship we know Christ by abiding in His Word and by yielding to His Holy Spirit. As we apply the Word to our lives, we take on the characterization of His divine nature (DNA) and become Christ-like. Then, when He comes to take us Home the relationship is complete and we know Him as we are known.

 

“Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known.”  1 Corinthians 13:12

 

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The Birth Pangs of Faith


 

“Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.
Isaiah 66:9

The Bible uses the process of childbirth as a metaphor of a trial, whereby, He is the One who delivers.

 “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said,
“With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Genesis 4:1

Notice in the above verse Eve explains how the Lord helped her through the process of giving birth. Even though God made childbirth more difficult for Eve, He did not abandon her but was right there to help deliver her child.  

The trials in a believer’s life or initiated or allowed by God for a specific reason and purpose- to bring forth good fruit or a good result. Sometimes it is even a result of an answer to our prayer.  Since he created the process, he has purposed it and that purpose sometimes test our faith. Do we believe if He is the one who has allowed or initiated the pain in our trial, He is also faithful to deliver?  The wonderful thing about any pain we experience in Christ,  it is accompanied with His Grace. And when we don’t look for ways to escape it, but focus on Him, we enter His rest, by letting go, allowing God to do the rest.
(Psalm 34:4)

And what a blessing it is to have God’s blessing placed directly in our arms gazing back at us, face to face, touching His faithfulness. 

See: Waiting on God’s Intervention

When a woman is expecting she also knows at the end of her pregnancy there will be the time when birth will require suffering. But she has joy because her child will be born, and this momentary suffering will produce the love of her life. But if she tries to escape it, she only postpones it and there is a suffering that will not strengthen but weaken her maternal faith.
(James 1:1-2)

Jesus knew that His sacrifice would require tremendous suffering and He would even be alone, as everyone deserted Him. But there was no greater anguish then when He mourned the separation from God. He, alone, took upon Himself the sins of the world, making it possible for everyone who believes, to be born, again.
(Matthew 27:46, John 3:3)

 “…………….For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

When Eve gave birth to Cain, her first child, she did not suffer alone. She testified that “with the help of the Lord she brought forth her child.” Neither in childbirth nor our trials are we ever alone. All we have to do is call on our Savior Who is faithful to deliver, at the right time and way when in faith we let fear go.

See the Fruit of My Trials


Scripture References:
Isaiah 66:9
Hebrews 12:2
Genesis 4:1
James 1:1-2
Matthew 27:46
John 3:3

 

 

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The Kingdom of God


 


“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Christ spoke about God’s Kingdom and throughout the old and new testaments it is mentioned many times. So I reflected on this as I was interceding for this nation, and became distraught.  For the days are evil, and the United States of America has been transferred into corrupt and evil hands. I have never interceded so intensely or so long as during the last four years of President Trump’s administration.  And although this is important to God for us to intercede for our country and our leaders, He has also, reminded me that every s government will one day pass away while God’s government and sovereignty will remain forever.  So my priority in intercession has been adjusted – to bring as many into the Kingdom of God, in these last days, whereby Christ reigns, and we can enjoy His peace and counsel today and forevermore. 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
 Isaiah 9:6

So how do we pray- as the Lord’s prayer demonstrates, we pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  This is the first petition mentioned in the Lord’s prayer, which Christ taught His disciples- Not putting our personal petitions first, but the earnest plea that God take over in His sovereignty ruling the nations as He rules heaven.  For God is patient to await the salvation of all who will be saved, before He sweeps the earth clean of its wickedness and establishes His eternal physical kingdom which He promises to come.
(Matthew 6: 5-15, 2 Peter 3:9)

However, the Kingdom of God presently, exists, not physically, but as a spiritual dwelling, whereby, all who come to faith in Jesus Christ shall enter. 

“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-20

It is clear that only those who are righteous may enter the Kingdom of God and righteousness does not come about by our good deeds, but by faith in the only one who is righteous and makes us righteous by our faith in His shed blood.
(Ephesians 2:8-9)

The result of faith in Christ, however, will result in good works, because abiding in Jesus Christ will always produce His fruit. 
(John 15: 1-4)

When Nicodemus inquired of Jesus concerning salvation, Jesus told him he would have to be “born again” in order to enter the Kingdom of God.  He could not enter as he was, but would have to be spiritually changed, having God’s divine nature instead of his sinful one. (John 3)

*How does this come about that one can be born spiritually and then enter God’s Kingdom where God’s Holy Spirit dwells with us, in us and upon us?  It is by His Holy Spirit we become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  New creatures require a new place to dwell, for the old is no longer adequate, and must pass away.
(2 Corinthians 5, Mark 2:22)

 *“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus would say things like the “Kingdom of God is at hand”, and ‘’you are not far from the kingdom of God”, which testifies of a spiritual place not a physical one.
(Mark 1:15)

After the earth is cleansed and all wickedness is swept away, God will establish His physical Kingdom where Christ and His bride- the Church will reign one thousand years.  And during this time all the people who survive the great tribulation will come and learn about God and be taught His ways.  Then the deceiver will be loose for a time, once again making war against God and His People, by gathering the nations, and all that join him in this last rebellion will be destroyed. The end will then come, whereby, the dead will be resurrected to stand before God to be judged according to their deeds and those names not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter hell, where they have no rest from the punishment for their sins, because they refused God’s mercy and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
(Romans 2: 5-8, Revelation 20, Acts 4:12, Proverbs 14:12).

Then God, will create a new heaven and a new earth where those who love Him and His Kingdom, will be with Him forever and ever.
(Revelation 21:1-4)

So, instead of focusing on one nation and one man, should we not be praying for a revival that will sweep across all the nations revealing Jesus Christ; a great harvest before the coming of the Lord, a global repentance, beginning first with the Body of Christ.

“For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”  1 Peter 4:17

 

 

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