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TEMPTED AND TESTED: CHOOSE TO DECIDE THEN BELIEVE! (Pt. 1)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scriptures:  James 1:1-8 (AMP)

Most of us when we are tempted or tested in any area of our lives, more often than not we react in unbelief, as oppose to responding by faith. Contrary to modern-day belief, as believers we can embrace the challenge when we understand the benefits of being challenged.  Perhaps the absence of our trials being greeted with joy, being aware of their potential benefits, asking for God’s guidance and not wavering between obedience and our way is the reason for our becoming discombobulated during our trials and tribulations. 

The Apostle James in this profoundly in depth epistle written to Jewish Christians everywhere unravels the intricacies of victoriously maneuvering through trials and temptations.  One primary misconception about faith is that once believed all things are received. Not true.  Upon entering a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ our belief does not end there; it is an ever growing faith. Yes, faith comes by hearing the Word of God, but it also requires a decision. 

We must learn when tempted and tested to choose to decide then believe while being processed.  We must learn trials do inevitably produce patience.  We must be willing to face ourselves and allow God to excavate the hidden motives and intents of our heart. 

The greatest benefit in greeting our trials, distractions, shortcomings and ungodly traits with joy is it produces the fruit of patience.  When trouble comes our way, it is the restorative grace of Jesus which enables us to consider it an opportunity for great joy! 

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

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