The Apostle James begins his book with this verse:
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. James 1:2 (KJV)
What a way to open a letter to the twelve tribes that were scattered abroad! But he knew of the adversity they were facing and so he encouraged them to let adversity grow their faith strong.
This is pertinent for us today as well. Various trials can be used to prove what you’re made of. Your faith is proven through patience and patience will lead to endurance that will stand against external circumstances.
While trials can be perplexing and wisdom is needed, let the heavenly wisdom point the way and direct the course of action.
Trust in God, lean on Him and He will direct your paths! (based on Proverbs 3:5-6)
Do I make it sound easy? It isn’t.
My husband and I have been in adversity since January 2016 and it isn’t finished yet. I was hoping that it would be settled in March but here we are, in April and it is still on. Hopefully, it will be done in June.
While I can’t elaborate on the details of this issue, I can say that it is very real and if we didn’t know the Lord, we would have been crushed under the weight of it. When the trial began, it was with a letter in the mail which lead to a second letter about seven weeks later that took the rug out from under us. We couldn’t believe this was happening! But what we saw was an act of desperation from the other party. Even so, this has been a heavy load to bear.
At Christmas, a brother in the Lord recommended an ebook to me called “Operating in the Courts of Heaven” by Robert Henderson and together, my husband and I read this book and took courage and strength from it. It has bolstered our understanding of how the court in heaven operates and what we need to do to have the decrees from heaven declared on earth.
We have repented of our sins and continue to do so as well as repented for generational sins. We also forgave those who are initiating this trial against us and we bear no animosity toward them. As far as we can see, the accuser of the brethren has nothing to accuse us with but to ensure that doesn’t change, we regularly repent of sins of commission and sins of omission.
We already knew that we were predestined from before the foundation of the earth (Ephesians 1) but now we see the relationship between the various books that are in heaven and our own Destiny book that we each have. We see this trial as part of our destiny and have decided to let God use this to make our faith strong. We want our faith to grow and as James mentions in his first chapter, verses 3 and 4,
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (KJV)
This doesn’t mean that the letters or phone calls have stopped. Oh, no, they are still arriving. And each time they arrive, our faith is challenged. I will be honest and say that as strong as my faith is, I do have moments when I feel the weight of this adversity crushing me. But it’s for just a moment. I do not let it get the best of me. I continue to stand strong. My husband continues to stand strong.
We are thankful for a wonderful church family who supports us in prayer. Even before this trial began, they were praying for us. When new developments arise, we bring it to them for prayer and they all stand with us, supporting us as we petition heaven. In this, we are following the Word that instructs believers to pray for one another and carry each other’s burdens.
Many times in the past year or so, God has encouraged me through His word. My favourite encouragement is in Isaiah 41:10-13 which He spoke so loudly in my spirit that this is for us.
10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:10-13, KJV
Pretty amazing, eh? That’s the Canadian in me that slipped out.
We are looking forward to the day when we can testify to the glory of God of the amazing victory that He has given us. We are believing for it.
So, dear sisters, I wanted to encourage you in the midst of your troubling times, that God is near and He does hear you when you cry out to Him concerning your adversity. I want to remind you that if you’ll let it, your adversity will strengthen your faith in God. You will be able to stand alongside me and say together with me that He is our God and we are leaning on Him because He knows what we need to be made strong.
You do realize that God is looking for strong faith in His children, right? He wants to use us and that can only happen when we grow through trials that increase our knowledge and dependence of and on His word.
Trials and troubles can grow your faith strong.
Before I close, I’d like to add that even in the midst of this trial, we have peace. We were living in a season of peace when this began in January 2016 and while it looked shaky for a while, we still have peace. It’s the peace that passes all understanding. It’s the peace that Jesus gives and His peace is not like the world’s peace. His peace prevails during trials. His peace is alongside that deep abiding joy.
Without Jesus, where would we be? We do not like to think of those possibilities as we are very thankful to call ourselves Christians. To be followers of Jesus Christ. To be counted as dear children of God. To have our names written in the Book of Life.
My dear sisters, has this resonated with you? Do you have a story to share of how your faith is/was made strong in adversity? Or perhaps, you’ve been struggling with the ‘why’ of adversity. That’s okay too. Can I help encourage you in any way?
As always, please leave me a comment in the Penny for your thoughts box below if this post has encouraged you in any way. I love to hear from you as you encourage my heart so much!
Blessings to you, sweet ones!