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Faith will be tried





 
James 1:2-4, "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."

This is more of a testimony I suppose, not a deep theological thought. Not many want to have those kind of thoughts these days, and it shows. Our faith is tried, if you have any debate, take it up with the one who inspired the words James wrote. It is not of me. I can look back over the 'trials' that I have had, and always see Gods work, as I look back.

KJV says 'divers temptations', I believe it is defined various trials, for those who will study up on it. The obvious purpose of these are, as the verse says, to produce patience. Endurance. Perseverance. Yes, maturity, which would be an accurate definition of 'perfect' in the KJV here. We learn to depend on God.

I had a job once, when in my mid-twenties, and was treated in a bad way, being mis-led and lied to by a boss, who just happened to be Jewish. His son was also a supervisor under him, who was my supervisor. They would later, decades later, come to be believers in Jesus Christ, because of something I said in conversation one day. I suppose, that, and how they knew they mis-treated me, may have played a part, in Gods plan. So, as I look back, though it was hard then, I can see good that came from it.

I have had to change professions many times, through the years, and I always just wanted to stay in one place, and retire when I got of age. It sure did not work out that way. As I look back now, I can see the many people that I have had the privilege to know, and share with, that I never would have, if I had of gotten things my way. So, I can also see God working in that.

I have had times, when my enemies would rejoice, being cast down and forsaken. I have thought myself a complete failure, many times. But every time, God would lift me up, and prosper me. I am not rich, or even moderately well off, but God has always given more than I actually needed, though not all I wanted. I know many of you are probably understanding that.

Actually, as I look back now, the times when I was at my lowest, were the times I really saw God move His strongest, in my life. I had no where to turn, no help available, and yet God always worked. I am beginning to understand what James says here, 'count it all joy'. It is those times, when I have no where to go, no answers, just failure, that I know, that God is about to do something.

I share that, because I hope that someone may read, who needs reminding of that, or need hope. Our world is heading in directions, that most worry about, and for good reason. But yet for those who trust God, fully, and have learned this patience, I believe God is about to move. Perhaps, just perhaps, we have learned. There is no other one to turn to. He is our help, our deliverance. Enough of the wavering, James spoke of. Time for true surrender, and a heart given to Jesus Christ. Then, we will come to this 'perfect work'. God Bless.

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Billy Beard+ is Saved by grace, and Gods mercy, in Jesus Christ. Trying to walk in the Holy Spirit. You can find out more about Billy at his profile page .

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Ricky Roehm(@rickroehm)

  My dear brother from Tennessee, did you ever notice the male and female relationship between faith (male in gender) and patience (female in gender) in the verse you wrote your Blog about? Something like the husband and wife team. James said they both work together male and female, husband and wife! Faith is tried...patience has "her" perfect work. They work as a team. Why? So the man of God can be perfect and entire...wanting nothing. That's why the man of God can count it all joy when he falls into divers temptation. Temptation doesn't have the same effect on the man of God that is perfect and entire. A man that is perfect and entire in Christ is 100% controlled by the Spirit of God. Just like the bridle controls the direction of the horse and the rudder controls the direction of the ship. Your blogs are always heartfelt and touching. Keep up the good work for Christ. With love,


Author: Ricky Roehm
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  This verse mentioned in your blog by James is one of the strongest verses in the Bible that supports the doctrine of Entire Santification. James states that a man of God can be "perfect and entire".


Author: Billy Beard+
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  Rick, I appreciate your comment. Yes, I did notice that word 'her', wisdom is called that too. Really good study on that word faith, also. Without Christ, we would have none! Heb. 12:2. About sanctification, entire, whole, 1st Thess. 5:23 nails it for me. Verse 24 says how.

Same back to you, love you in Christ, He sure does, Billy



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