A man who endures trials is blessed

The title of this post comes from a partial verse in James 1:12.

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James 1

1 James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:  To the 12 tribes in the Dispersion.  Greetings.

2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials,

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3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

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5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.

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6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

8 An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

9 The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation,

10 but the one who is rich should boast in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

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11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities.

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12 A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

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13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone.

14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.

15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.

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17 Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.

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18 By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the first fruits of His creatures.

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19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

20 for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.

21 Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.

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22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror.

24 For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, then his religion is useless and he deceives himself.

27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.


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42 thoughts on “A man who endures trials is blessed

    1. Will be praying for Patrick. Praying for all on here too. And Linda. Her posts are so very confirming !!!

      Off topic but after being inundated by spray ……We are to get 6-12 inches of snow tonight in Elbert county….And the temps aren’t freezing. Crazy. Was praying for our neighbors when I believe the Lord showed me extreme thunderstorms were going to be, or rather have been created

      Much to pray over for everyone.

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  1. I would request prayer for My second son Abraham WHO is undergoing examination for possible mild autism that its not so but just late development.

    Thank you for prayers in advance

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    1. Praying Stig. Let’s gently command that to leave in Jesus name! Many children being healed through a team for children with genetic issues…Unsure if genetic is the name the children’s prayer team used but a 6 old severe autistic boy and his mom gave his testimony at the conference in Dallas. Abraham belongs to God. Fully. We command that filthy enemy to leave him NOW in Jesus name!!

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    2. Dear Stig,
      I pray for Abraham, that he will have wisdom, a teachable spirit, and a sound mind all according to God’s will in Jesus’ Name. I pray against all neurological and behavioral conditions that interfere with God’s perfect will for Abraham’s life.
      Amen

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  2. Daily Devotional — 3/24/17

    TO THE GARDEN AND THE CROSS
    When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. John 18:1

    Today’s devotional comes from a Chinese house church pastor who was arrested and held for three weeks just prior to this talk. He says:

    When we suffer for Christ, what actually happens? I mean, what really goes on spiritually within us when we are going through suffering?

    I ask the question because a young sister was listening to me recently recount my experience of being in jail for three weeks last year. She said, “You talked of having constant diarrhea, of being kicked and punched painfully, and you even feared that God was punishing you…yet you talked also of feeling joy and experiencing peace.” She said to me, “I don’t understand how these things go together.”

    My reply to her, and I give it also as an instruction to you all (for you will all suffer at some point for His Name), is that when we suffer, three spiritual experiences happen to us all at once: angelic strengthening, superhuman forgiveness, and human incomprehension. These three things appear contradictory, but if you suffer, you will find they come together as they did in the life of Christ.

    An old Christian used to say to me, “When they lead you away to jail, tell yourself you are merely going with Christ to the Garden of Gethsemane, and to the Cross.” To the Garden, and to the Cross. I liked that. I tested it. It’s true…

    So that is why suffering Christians appear to speak out of “both sides of their mouth.” On the one hand we talk of joy and endurance. On the other hand, there is anger at God, pain and a feeling of spiritual desertion. They sit together, because there is always a war of different feelings and emotions.

    Although we are angelically strengthened and the recipients of superhuman forgiveness, we also experience a sense of spiritual abandonment as a result of our human incomprehension.

    But the greatest thing of all is to walk the way of Christ. That is the privilege of suffering: to suffer a little as our Lord Jesus suffered. As He identified with us by suffering pain, so some are called to identify even more closely with Him by going into the Garden, and onto the Cross.

    Never fear, my friends, when you are arrested. You will receive strength. You will also be bewildered. Think of Christ, and follow him into the Garden, and onto the Cross.

    For the next three days we will listen to his contrasting explanation of the Garden and the Cross: angelic strengthening; superhuman forgiveness; and human incomprehension.

    RESPONSE: Today I will walk with Jesus whether into the Garden or onto the Cross.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord that You strengthen Your people in preparation for suffering and even during it.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Prayer request from James Falls. He just informed me that he’s in the hospital in Harrison, Arkansas with possible Kidney problems. We ask the Lord to lift this pain from him and that the outcome is to give testimony to the power and healing from the Lord. Amen & Amen.

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  4. Today as i was making soup still am atm Abraham climbed up on My knees and blew with his breath in My Face trying to say Bra pappa( good papa) Prayers are efficient because he did not do that before. Thank you all and keep IT in your memory to pray for little Abraham he is a very lovely boy.

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    1. Hello Stig!
      I will always pray for Abraham. I also am in a similar situation with my young child. He has seen multiple doctors and also been to Children’s Hospital. We have not officially had tests for Spectrum Disorders. We are waiting. I pray most importantly that he will have a mind to know God and His Will for his life.

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  5. Daily Devotional — 3/26/17

    SUPERHUMAN FORGIVENESS: THE CROSS
    Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

    Today’s devotional again comes from a Chinese house church pastor who was arrested and held for three weeks just prior to this talk. He says his experience was going with Christ to the Garden and to the Cross. Today he explains The Cross:

    This is what amazed me the most. Whenever I was beaten up (and that was quite often during those three weeks), I would first feel searing pain, and then another feeling would flood in, almost wiping the pain away. Do you know what that feeling was? Pity. Pity for the man who was beating me.

    I kept seeing my interrogator as a man gone wrong. I felt sorry for his mother, who would be so ashamed of him. I wondered what kind of father he must have had, to turn him into such a monster. I felt sad to be in the presence of one of God’s creatures that could treat another human so badly with so little concern.

    Then I would get amazed at myself. Through the pain I would think, “I should be angry, but I’m not, all I want is for this man to be saved.” I had three ribs and a wrist broken, two teeth knocked out, my kidneys were malfunctioning, and yet all I could wish for was for the man beating me to find Christ and forgiveness.

    Now I agree with that young sister. It sounds very strange. It doesn’t even ring true. It’s more human to be angry, or to be afraid. But I can only say this was not myself making me feel that way, but Christ within me. It was superhuman. It was Divine. And to this day, it serves as the greatest assurance I have that I am saved.

    Again, this is also the way of Christ. In Luke 23:34, He says from the Cross itself, in the midst of excruciating pain, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” I tell you, it gives you such a thrill to know that you feel as Christ felt. That’s why suffering is counted such a joy, such a privilege. It confirms to the sufferers that they are Christ’s, and He lives in them. We don’t have to trust a word that this is so. We feel it in our very breastbones.

    RESPONSE: Today I will forgive those who are causing me grief as Jesus would and did on the cross.

    PRAYER: God, fill me with Your superhuman forgiveness so that I may walk today as Jesus did in forgiving those harming Him. Help me also feel pity and compassion for those who so easily treat others badly.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  6. In that Jason A video you posted on your last blog was about Ray Kurzveil and 2045 as their target Year for the singularity. Well 2045 just so happens to be an important Year to numerology following occultists and angel number followers too.

    I will not put a link here but go to Google write in 2045 numerology and have a look. IF these people but would see that the bible has promises and prophecies way above this kittie litter stuff they hang on too! Hope the kittie litter Word went right 👀🎱

    Even what people call science there seems to be an occult undertone When you look. Just felt promted to write this. Nice day to everybody

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  7. Daily Devotional — 3/27/17

    HUMAN INCOMPREHENSION: THE CROSS
    And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 15:34

    Today’s devotional again comes from a Chinese house church pastor who was arrested and held for three weeks just prior to this talk. He says his experience was going with Christ to the Garden and to the Cross. Today he continues and explains another aspect of The Cross:

    But it is not all triumph. I know some pastors who said they just smiled all the time from the moment they were arrested, and felt unutterable joy the whole time. I suppose that is possible. After all, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego seemed to be very calm throughout their ordeal. But we must not make that the test of true spirituality. The Psalmists are full of despair and questioning as they go through hard times. So were Jeremiah and Job and Habakkuk. And most sobering of all, our Lord Himself was heard to cry from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)

    This is the dark side of the experience. What makes suffering hardest to bear are the questions, the voices that well up within each of us, that are full of doubts, despair and depression. And I believe this is OK. As humans we were not meant to suffer. We were made to be part of a perfect world, with no sorrow or sighing, an Eden where everyone was righteous and fulfilled. So when we suffer, there is a sense in which our bodies and spirits witness saying, “This is unnatural, this is not why we were created.”

    In my own case, I wondered whether God had turned His back on me, or was punishing me for past sins. Yes, I know that sounds odd after all I have just said about feeling the power of God within to forgive my persecutor, and having the angel strengthen me. But you forget these things in the dark watches of the night, sleeping sandwiched between two prisoners and being cursed by everyone because you need to rise and go to the toilet; and so everyone must wake up and shift their position. It was the nights that were worst.

    But most of these doubts were not weaknesses as such; they were attempts to comprehend the incomprehensible. Where is God here? What’s He up to? How can this possibly extend His kingdom? How is His glory served by one of my sisters being raped by an interrogator? The fact is, when we suffer, there is so much that we cannot understand. I read somewhere that “because we are human, we yearn to understand, but because we are human, we cannot understand.”

    Suffering puts us in our place. It humbles us to realize that we are not really in charge of our lives. This is a hard realization. God is in charge, and His purposes can be hard to discern at times. He takes even the sin of the world, and turns it to good account. We often do not see how He does this, but we believe it. Accepting it in faith is never easy when you are suffering.

    RESPONSE: Today I will not try to understand the incomprehensible. I will accept God’s goodness in everything by faith.

    PRAYER: Pray for Christian prisoners going through great pain today that they may know His touch.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  8. Armstrong economics reported that Us&Nato forces had been moved into Poland this morning Us time! Wasn’t Trump supposed to be Russia’s best friend as some say?

    I Say same team in the white house running the league, different shirt only!

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  9. This may not make sense to you, but for a long time I have noticed that the presence of black crows or ravens can represent the presence of dark spirits, while doves long are associated with the presence of the Lord’s angels. The Lord speaks to me and my family through object lessons, and this is one of them.

    Example: Last summer when we visited Seattle, we saw black crows EVERYWHERE. Seattle is a spiritually dark city, one marked for judgment, and we felt it was no coincidence the city was overrun by these black birds.

    Yesterday evening three beautiful, fat, light gray – nearly white doves flew into our yard and landed on our roof and play set. The first I saw one, it was flying upward with its wings backlit by the sun. They appeared again this morning, cooing so loudly that we could hear them inside. The kids watched with amazement. It was an encouraging sign, but I think also one with portent – as if angels are taking their stations before battle.

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    1. It does make sense to me Mike because through the Ot animals were also rated as clean and unclean Based on the law of Moses. The law of Moses also was much more than just dietary laws as some have also noted the animals listed there are also noted for behaviour and diets of less savoury nature.

      Ravens were also totemic animals for the indians WHO lived in the region of Seattle and in pagan practices involving totemic animals the practicioner was to receive the characteristics of the animal WHOs totem he worshipped or carried.

      Crows and ravens are scavengers and opportunists much like the behaviour the world forces upon people nowadays with the shrinking economy.

      But good observation Mike

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  10. I agree with you Mike about the crows representing spiritual darkness and the doves that of light. I too saw 3 light gray doves the other night, hanging out on one of the electric lines on the poles here. 🙂

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    1. I’ve seen the doves also….in our back yard. It was a few weeks ago, there were many gatherd together. It was unusual. I remember thinking how comforting it was to see them and so many. I thought, is there a reason so many are gathered here.

      Prayers to all and praying for those asking and needing our intercession for healing.

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  11. Daily Devotional — 3/28/17

    A PRIVILEGE TO DIE FOR CHRIST
    For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

    The Apostle Paul was convinced that whether alive or dead, Christ is gain. This enabled him to minister amid severe hardship and persecution. It also helped him face the potential of premature death without fear and concern. When Christ is everything, life and death are left in His hands.

    Bad news interrupted the Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) training for pastors in a rural town of Colombia clouding the happy spirit felt in that meeting.

    A letter was received from Pastor Manuel who explained that he was prevented from attending the workshop. Guerrilla leaders found out about the event. They told him that because of his insistence on preaching the gospel, they would not let him travel out of the village.

    The amazing thing is that in spite of the continuous threats against Pastor Manuel, the guerrillas have not been able to carry them out against him. On repeated occasions, the army has come just in time to save him from some guerrilla attack.

    While participants were grieving from this news about Pastor Manuel, another pastor, Hermes, told about two attempts against his own life by the same subversive band the previous month. Immediately participants expressed their desire to continue their ministry in places where the gospel is prohibited.

    However, seven days later, the guerrillas brought together all the leaders that participated in the SSTS workshop and told them, “We are tired of the Christian’s disobedience. We do not want to kill anybody; the only thing we want is that you stop telling the people about the Bible. We will have to execute you. Tell Pastor Hermes that we will take drastic measures against him since we know that he is the one who encourages you…”

    Pastor Hermes reported that instead of frightening the believers, this difficult situation generated a more intense plan of spiritual and ministerial action. The leaders want Open Doors seminars to come to places where it is impossible to preach.

    How are they going to do it? Pastor Hermes said that a network of prayer was established during the time they were together. He believes the only way is through personalized training, or delivering a booklet and training to only one person at a time. For now it is the only way to use this tool to strengthen the believers. The training will take longer, but it is very dangerous to meet and to preach in houses because the guerrillas have cleverly infiltrated the area.

    He concluded, “Materials from Standing Strong Through the Storm have been the driving force for us to continue preaching…Others also are striving to follow Christ and we have to do the same to prevent our church believers from losing their fervor.

    “Besides prayer and fasting, we have to take action…God has protected us up to this moment, and if one day we die for preaching Christ, it will be a privilege.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will live in such a way that Christ is honored and glorified. If it takes all my strength or even my death, I will sacrifice all for Him and consider it a privilege.

    PRAYER: Pray for strength and endurance for pastors in rural Colombia facing death threats daily.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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