Love Made Him Rise

hipponoseabovewaterMuch of our own painful circumstances are due to our own undisciplined behaviors.  God does not ‘move’.  He loves us just as we are and He is able to draw us unto Himself.  Our role is to turn to Him in faith and pray.

Trials often come in three’s — even as Jesus’s did!  Jesus was tempted by the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, the love of this world and overcame by his knowledge of the scriptures and by relying on God to supply His needs in His time.  After he was baptized by John, he was driven into the wilderness where he was tried for 40 days and nights in his body, soul and spirit. Then the devil was allowed to test him three times!  First to use his faith to serve his Body and turn a stone into ‘bread’, but he was not tricked and responded, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”  Second, to use his heavenly status to be delivered from his trial by casting himself off the pinnacle so God’s angels would come to catch him, but He was not tricked, and responded, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”  And third, to serve Himself with the gifts of the Lord, by accepting the offer to have it all, but he was not tricked and responded, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt though serve.”  After this the devil departed, and angels then came and ministered to Him.

We too will be tried by the Lord as He begins to rebuild our walls –our defenses against sin, discouragement, and failure.  When we confess our failures and commit our ways to the Lord, His Holy Spirit will help us to begin again.  It is important to remember that each trial actually brings us step by step closer to God.  Reading His Word, praying for ourselves and others brings brand new opportunities to add to our faith, courage, and to courage brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  It is when we worship the Lord with our spirit and give thanks for His goodness in spite of our circumstances that the Lord begins to guide our thoughts and our very steps. It is here that we find His joy, peace, hope, and it is here, that His angels minister to us!

Life is more than meat, and the body more than raiment. Luke 12:23

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