A Message From Pastor Michael

“Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds” (Psalm 7:9 New International Version).

This week’s devotional is one that reminds me that life itself is a test, as this is the training ground, or boot camp, (Military perspective) for God’s people to learn how to exemplify the ways of Christ and thereby set the examples of how one who serves God should live.

Scripture also reminds me of how I should respond to the testing by God, as it states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4 NIV).

What I know now from my own personal journey is that, “But God” negates everything prior to it, so when I look back on the trials I faced along my life’s journey; before I truly allowed God into my heart and developed a close and personal relationship with Christ Jesus. I can look back with joy now and not sadness or resentment, because when I look back now I see that nothing I experienced happened without Jesus’ approval. You see I believe the enemy has to get approval to test us and Jesus allows only so much temptation and testing to occur because, “He never allows more than we can handle.”

Ultimately each of these test and trials are meant to build us up and make us stronger, every attack, heat-break, loss, let down, and disappointment, is meant to help us grow stronger for service unto the Lord. This is how we learn to develop an attitude of servitude and gratitude, this is how we learn that the blessing of the Lord comes through our giving, as well as our receiving, this is how we learn to become the “victors and not the victims”, this is how we learn to become the “head and not the tail”, in all situations and circumstances.

This is how we learn that it is Christ who sustains us through our trials in life, this is how we learn to have confidence in God’s faithfulness and not just our faith and deeds. Because scripture also reminds me that,

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it (James 2:14-26 NIV).

The world often times questions God and why He allows trials, but this I believe is how He draws us closer to Him, I use to always question God why? But now I have found that I find more peace in just trusting Him and having confidence in His faithfulness and promises to love me and never leave me.

So now I look for Him in the test and trials and He always seems to reveal Himself to me and there is where and when I find peace, not that it’s not challenging, but the joy is in the trusting, having confidence and in the knowing that He’s got me covered. Amen

Blessings all, and Happy Holiday’s,

Pastor Michael

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