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Have you ever found yourself asking that question? It’s a hard one. If God loves us, why does he allow bad things to happen to us? Many people in the Bible asked this quetion. When David was running from King Saul, he probably asked himsef that question. When Job was being tested by the devil, he asked that question. Even some New Testament characters asked it. In fact, James wrote about it in one of his letters to the early church.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you endure trials of many kinds. For we know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Let go back from James to Job. Basically, Job was a really wealthy guy. He had about 4,ooo sheep, 3,ooo camels, 1,ooo oxen, 5oo donkeys, and hundreds of sevants. He also had 10 children! The Bible also tels us that Job was “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Satan sees how faitful he is to the Lord, and asks God for permission to test him. He thinks that Job is only faithful because he is so prosperous, and that if he takes away Job’s wealth, he will no longer desire to worship God.

God grants the devil’s request, and everything Job has is taken away. His livestock, servants, and even his family all die, and Job is left with nothing. But it gets better! Because Job still chooses to serve the Lord. At the end of the story, Job is given even more that what he had, and his faith in God is even stronger.

Lets say you are trianing to run a marathon. You have to work out to get your muscles in shape. Did you know that when you work out, you are actually tearing your muscle tissue? But the thing is, once they are torn, they grow back stronger. Even though tearing our muscle hurts, we must continue the training so that we can run the marathon. That is what James is talking about. Sometimes God has to tear our faith apart to make it stronger. Just like Job, our reaction should be to praise Him, because it only means that God wants to draw us closer to Himself.

So consider it a joy, my brothers, when you endure trials of many kinds. For we know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Thank you God for trials!

In this world, there is so much pressure to be “perfect.” Television, magazines, even celebrities try to manipulate a girl’s thinking. They try to sell the attitude of imperfection. They make it sound as if you have to have perfect looks to be important. But their definition of perfect is far different from God’s definition. But what is God’s definition? Fortunately, He gave us a description of the “perfect woman.” Proverbs 31 tells us what is expected of us by God’s standards.

*Remember. The key to understanding Scripture is to think about it. Give it a chance, not just a once-over!

PROVERBS 31:10-30

A woman of noble character who can find? Her price is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I know that this passage can be hard to understand. “She grasps the spindle with her fingers?” What’s that supposed to mean anyway? Here’s a list of some of the character traits of this lady that Solomon describes.

  • Trustworthy
  • Capable
  • Good
  • Dilligent
  • Kind
  • Helpful
  • Merciful
  • Cares for the poor and needy
  • Respected
  • Clothed with strenght and dignity
  • Joyful
  • Faithful
  • Patient
  • Loved by her family
  • Noble
  • Fears the Lord

So there you have it. It’s a lot to remember, and even harder to live it out. Pray that God will give you the opportunities to work on these traits. I can guarrantee you that he will answer!ruby

Armor of God

Here’s a little thing I put together on the armor of God. Spiritual warfare is a real thing, and it’s cool to have an inventory of our weapons and armor. Paul wrote this to encourage the believers in Ephesus and give them a visual on what spiritual warfare really is. It’s important that we realize the power in knowing the Word of God. Paul says we are to use that as a sword against the devil. When Jesus was tempted, he used Scripture to ward off the devil. That is why such an emphasis is put on reading the Bible. It’s our main defense!

 

Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand against the devil’s evil schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.

  • I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
  • The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth 

With the breastplate of righteousness in place

  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  • But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.

And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace

  • Live at peace with everyone.
  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one

  • Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
  • The righteous will live by faith.

Take the helmet of Salvation

  • For you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
  • For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.

 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert, and always keep on praying for all the saints

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“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Parable of the Sower

God is in Control

I was flying kites today with my family, and I noticed an interesting thing. In order to keep my kite from wandering into the trees and getting stuck, I often had to keep pulling in the string. I thought about how God must feel, keeping us out of the trees of sin. Sometimes he has to keep us from danger by pulling us closer to Him. But we often resist, just like a kite being pulled by the wind. Because sometimes we don’t see those trees until we’re stuck in them.  But no matter how far from God you feel, he’s always got a hold of your string, so you don’t have to worry about the wind taking you away.

 

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