by Christina Farris
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. No one wants to think of a temptation as being a trial, but often that exactly what is concerning our faith. If you put a chocolate bar in front of a dieter, and they refuse it guess what they know how to resist temptation. You buy a case a beer and offer to an alcoholic how many beers does he drink, if he trying to quit. Most would agree this would be cruel and unusual punishment to alcoholics and chocolate bar alcoholics. However truth it is a trial and test some go through on a regular bases. Ever time a drinker or a dieter goes into a grocery store and a gas station, there is alcohol and candy ready to buy. What if there was a store called no temptation, there still be temptation of the one that can not speeding. There is always a temptation before us, it do we act on temptation.
Temptation does to things if you choose to obey Christ, you resist temption, but patience is being worked within you. For example waiting to get an item instead of going and put it on a credit card is waiting patience, because you can not have what you want until you can learn to control a problem or remove the temptation from your grasp. The one that has candy bar placed in front him, throws the candy bar away. The one that wants to buy alcohol in the store walks away. The one that wants to steal, goes out of the store empty handed. The one that been doing drugs removes himself from the crowd. The one that wants to speak profanity finds his lip bit one too many times that they are now seeking medical attention, afraid of the money spent on doctors, now again cursing because he can not win his war against temptation without more injury.
The truth of the matter is when we say no to sin, we are passing the test and have reason to testify. Reason to recognize the work of God called the sanctification process by listening called the work of grace. What there work to faith. Yes you don't just sit and say I am saved and go about your life as if God does not matter. God is holy, and his worshippers must be holy too. We believe, but works matter, not in regards of salvation, but in regards to whether or not we are God's children. Whether we are born of Christ's Spirit or simple believe like the devil, who follows not in the ways of God.
Our desire to learn to obey and follow comes from being born again by His Spirit. In order to grow in faith and the way God wants us to grow we must learn to resist temptation and resist doing things are way and not God's way. It is the Noah ark experience of building our life in honor and praise to God the Father. Noah life not perfect, but he was just, and when the flood came, he had obeyed God and was delivered. Then what happened, he gets drunk after the flood, after harvesting and making wine. Our one time obedience is not enough, it is a continual walk. The first step in obedience is receive Christ as Lord and Savior the second is continuing to follow after Christ in our daily life. This takes a commitment and a resisting of temptation of those things that are sin, that plague our life, and the world around us. No one lives perfectly, that why it called the sanctification process, because the believer is a work in progress. Continue reading the continual scripture study and meditating on it. Meditate on the scripture above for the shorter format. Only way to grow in Christ is read the works of God in his Word called the Holy Bible. Remember God's word is not to be a happy meal only but a study and meditative process so we learn to walk in faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to resist tempation, help us not to fall, but when we do help us to turn and repent, knowing your grace is sufficient, or love is sufficent and you expect us to be a work in progress, not people of only instant happy meal but people who mediate on your word and digest it, so we grow and walk by faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Peter 1:1-25 KJV
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.