A Ministry of Survivors Sent to Revive

TEMPTED AND TESTED: CHOOSE TO DECIDE THEN BELIEVE! (Pt. 2)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scriptures:  James 1:1-8 (AMP), Luke 21:19, 1 Corinthians 2:10, 7:5, 2 Corinthians 5:7, 10:5, Proverbs 3:5, 15:1-2, 16:3, James 1:13-15, 19, Ecclesiastes 7:8, Matthew 4:1-11, Deuteronomy 8:1-5, Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:15-16, 11:6, Genesis 22:1, 1 John 3:8, Exodus 20:18-21, Deuteronomy 8:2-5, Acts 9:1-19, Amos 3:3, Isaiah 1:19, 1 Samuel 15:22, James 2:26, Jeremiah 29:11, and 2 Peter 1:3

In moving forward, while in the storm called waiting how do we maintain peace? First, we embrace the incontrovertible truth that patience is processed through our lives.  In short, patience is developed and we must choose to allow it to exist in our lives. It has to be matured; worked through the intricate fabric of our freewill. Quite frankly, patience is not an acquired taste, but the required lifestyle of every believer.

It is the timeless trait that makes an individual powerful. In Luke 21:19 the amplified version says “By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” We may not always be in control of the situation; however, through the yielded fruit of patience, we can respond appropriately, as oppose to reacting inappropriately. In other words, a responder gives the steering wheel to God and takes the backseat and is not tempted to copilot the situation into in navigable waters.

Like Ananias who was afraid, yet despite his fear and inability to comprehend the Gospel being carried to the gentiles by a persecutor of the church, he unflinchingly obeyed and moved forward by holding onto his faith, agreeing with God, obeying without delay, putting action to his faith, trusting God to know all things and consistently asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.

If we would willingly see trouble as an opportunity for great joy, then perhaps those short-lived instances that attempt to consume us would be seen as the divine handiwork of God maturing the underdeveloped fruit.  You see, God wants us to learn the benefits of being tested by him, as well as being tempted by satan.  They both are permissible by God to varying degrees and are more profitable to the Kingdom of God when properly endured. 

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

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