Experience's Intended Result

Today I had coffee with a good friend of mine and we were conversing about the trials in our lives…

…No it wasn’t a gripe session about our problems. Rather we were both amazed at the different hardships that we had individually gone through and the faithfulness of God in those times.

And rather than being shocked by God’s provision in trials, (mentally, emotionally and physically), I was shocked by how much my faith grew after enduring those trials. The reality of the situation is I often prove what a dim light bulb I am by forgetting things that I've read in the Bible….I mean like, all the time. What seems to help is experiencing the truth of His word in everyday life….hence the reason God allows trouble in our lives so regularly.

James 1.2-4 says this: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

You and I ought to never allow ourselves to be simply accepting of troubled times in our lives. We have to come to this place of maturity where we are counting it all joy, because we realize that God is giving us the opportunity to experience His faithfulness. Thereby, growing our own faith and making us firm in our foundation in Jesus.

Don’t miss the forest for the trees

Don’t focus on the struggle so much that you lose sight of the bigger picture.

If we see the big picture, meaning that God is going to complete the work that He has already begun in us, (Philippians 1.6), we’ll experience what He desires for us to have amidst the strengthening of our faith:

His Joy. In Us.

Spend some time reading John chapter 17 today. It’s Jesus’s prayer to the Father before He went to the cross. Take a close look at what He says about His joy in that chapter, and think about how God fulfills that in our lives through experiencing all who He is in everyday situations.

Love you guys tons!

Pastor Mike