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Marching Towards the Mark
"The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:56-58
Everyday, we are challenged to respond with Christ like behavior to experiences that come through the Hand of God. Perhaps our "trial" is the everyday "oatmeal of life"—a monotony of moving from Point A to Point B. Perhaps, our "trial" is a Christian vs. Christian disagreement that divides relationships that once held great promise and exciting warmth. Regardless of our definition of "trial", we find that it is the unexpected, upsetting, challenging experiences we encounter that singe our Christian works, stretch ourfaith and expose our weaknesses.
As humans, we like to handle the cut and dry "dos and don'ts" of Christianity with large mallets andbreak off the big, foreboding chunks of the black, rank sins. And yet, we literally cringe, whine, and cry when arriving as pilgrims to the slow, intricate, meticulous, chiseling work of our Christian character. Such fine tune shaping of our hearts, minds, and characters by our Heavenly Father can be a painful process for us.
How can we humbly obtain victory over every imaginable human response to every imaginable human failing without being indifferent, insincere, or haughtily justified in our own conceits or our own "viewpoint" when God alone can weigh the content of our hearts? Indeed, how do we overcome a sinful response in what God wills for us to do or experience?
These are tough questions to consider and certainly, they strike home to many of the obstacles we are experiencing here and now. While the devil may strive to keep us wallowing in our weaknesses, the King of Kings offers us hope and victory if we but abide and live in Him and His word.
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Committing to Trust The Lord
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7
Applying such trust on God can really be difficult. We can assess, analyze, talk about, and write about trusting in God all day long — however, when the purifying fire of trials test the value of our spiritual ore, it is among the ashes where the truth of the treasure in our hearts is perceived.