Trials

trial

 

I was watching news and they had some coverage about a man being on trial. The talked about the charges against him and such. Wellllll…..my mind working as it does I had a couple different thoughts. One was that with all the evidence God has against me due to my human frailties and from that I have sinned. I am guilty and even though I am guilty with no defense, I was forgiven. The charges against me were dropped and my record expunged. Christ paid my “attorney fees and court costs” with His pain, suffering and death on the cross. He bought me my freedom, forgiveness and salvation and paid for my place in Heaven when He defeated death and was resurrected. I didn’t deserve it, but He did. I’ve said it before, what an amazing God!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

The other thought was about trials. Not court cases but difficulties we deal with throughout our lives. Problems at work, with family or other relationships, financial, any number of trials. Sometimes people think those trials are punishment for our sins. But that isn’t the case for those who seek Christ and acknowledge He is the son of God who suffered and was crucified for us. If we do that and confess their sins, ask God to forgive us He does so. And the sin exists no more. God won’t punish us for something that doesn’t exist. We become new creatures who are blameless in His eyes.

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

He does allow us to go through, and sometimes puts us through trials. Not as punishment but as a means to improve our walk with Him; to help our faith grow, to teach us to lean on Jesus and not ourselves, to strengthen us spiritually so we are better able to withstands all the enemy throws at us. He rewards our faithfulness during those trials through spiritual growth. Oh, He rewards other ways at times but the most precious reward is the one that has no monetary value but pays tremendous dividends in Heaven.

3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:3-5

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].  1 Peter 5:10

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:12-13

Lord, I come to you and ask again for the forgiveness You offer for my sins. Though I try to not sin I know that I fail at times. I praise Your name and thank You for the gift of Your own Son who suffered and died in my place and who arose and defeated the death I earned. I pray in the name of Jesus that people see the message You try to give us and that You draw them to You. I pray that those going through trials remember to look to You and seek You in the difficult times that You deliver them from their sins and strengthen their faith during the hardships. Bring us all closer to You that we may know Your true grace and mercy.

Amen.

I hope all are safe and God is with you as you go about your days. If you don’t think He is, look into your hearts to see that He is there, waiting for you to reach out to Him. I hope all are blessed and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

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Building up or tearing down?

tearing

 

I was working on a project where I had to rebuild a part of a wall and well, as I was working I thought about how sometimes we have to tear down to build something back, but if we do it right, one ends with something better than when we started. I thought about how God does that with us when He needs to do it in order to get us to the place He wants us to be for Him. He sure did that with me, through a series of events over a long time period I was torn down, not completely but definitely to the point I didn’t feel I could build myself back up and was forced to turn to Him.

Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea 6:1

He also just builds us up if we are in the right place with Christ. Besides God building us up, we are supposed to build up one another; help one another to grow in Jesus and life in general.

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  Romans 14:19

God also instructs us not to tear each other down. He tears down the barriers that need broken down and builds us up according to His plan. We should not undermine other Christians, family, friends, colleagues or anyone else. I guess its like my dad used to say, if you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  Ephesians 4:29

Too often I see or hear about people doing all they can to tear others down. I wish it wasn’t so, but I have done that as well. But, thank God, He has helped me with that (among a lot of other things.) People do this for a variety of reasons, but it seems a lot of the time it is done to others, not because the person needs broken down, whether that be spiritually or emotionally, but because the person doing the breaking feels powerful and like they are made better by tearing down another. I pray for those being attacked and for the attacker, the attacked needs strength to face the attacks and the attacker needs to know God.

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for tearing me down to build me back up and to make me a new creature. I pray in the name of Jesus that I only build up others and help them to be better persons and better Christians. I pray for those who are being belittled, shamed, mistreated whether it be physically or emotionally or are being attacked and torn down: spiritually, emotionally, physically or in any other way. I pray that You will help strengthen them and show them Your love and mercy, teach them that they are more than the attacker wants them to think they are and to give them the courage to do what they need to do to be away from such circumstances. Bring to those people the help they need to do what is right for themselves and for You. Work in the hearts of the attackers that they stop their ways.

Amen

 

I hope everyone is having a good day and that you are blessed somehow today. Please, be a blessing to others as well.