Sunday, December 12, 2010

true character: built in trials not in triumph

I was looking for Scriptures about our character being developed through trials and hard times. I came across this and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Temptation to walk with the world's standards rather than walking in COMPLETE obedience to Christ is a struggle for me, especially when it seems fuzzy to walk in obedience to Christ.

The character of Christ is developed in your life through trials and temptations

The character of Christ is developed in your life through trials, temptations, and the test of time. Romans 8:28-29 tells us that we must know that God is working in every circumstance to make us more like Christ. With this mindset, you can be transformed by troubles. When hard times begin to get you down, remember that your problems are temporary, but the character you develop will last forever. Rejoice and give thanks in the midst of your troubles, for you know God is in control. Refuse to despair or give up. Go the distance. Stay on course. Even temptation is an opportunity for growth. In reality, every temptation is a chance to glorify God by choosing what is right.

Godly character is developed as we resist the temptation to do what is wrong, and choose instead to walk in obedience to God and His Word. When facing temptation we must: Recognize the strategies that Satan uses against us. Request God's help to overcome our problems. Refocus our attention on the Truth of God's Word. Reveal our struggles to a trustworthy friend. And realize that we are weak, but He is strong. Finally, according to Phil. 1:6, we know that God has promised to complete the work of transformation He has begun in our lives. Christlikeness is your eventual destination, but your journey will last a lifetime. Throughout the test of time learn to: Believe the promises of God; Be diligent to record His work in your life; Be patient with yourself and your seemingly slow progress; and Beware of the pit of despair. Through it all we can agree with Paul who said that these are just short, light troubles when compared to the weight of eternal glory they are achieving for us as we become like Christ. God be with you all...

"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

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -Romans 8:28-29

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." -Philippians 4:12-13

It's easy to praise and worship when all is well in the life of Nikki. But, my true character won't be developed or revealed until I am forced to rejoice in times of hardship. My faith and trust in God won't be built when everything is given to me, but rather when I am forced to relinquish what is already His back to Him.


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