Transistioning Trials

Many Transgressions To Justification

As lovers of the Lord, we seek to learn discipleship. By study of the accounts in scriptures of the disciples who followed Jesus we can learn very good lessons about our own trials and temptations as we’re learning to walk with the Lord daily. By the examples of their successes, and their failings, we’re better able to understand our own, and the Lord’s patience with us as we go on with him.

The processes necessary to grow from the immature babe in Christ stage into the mature disciple involve learning to adapt to many types of transitioning trials. Transitions are places in our journey where we shift into another gear in preparation for a new level of maturity. These can be very challenging times. As we go through low “valleys” of pain and disappointment we learn how to hold onto the Lord for the help needed to survive, and even to flourish. as we trust the Lord. In the times of “mountain” experiences, when all is going well and prospering, we are encouraged and built up for the journey ahead. So, lest we be discouraged by the low places or puffed up by the high places, let’s consider some lessons about how our amazing Father God demonstrates such long suffering patience with his people as they seek to learn to walk on level ground. We are saved by grace through faith, we learn how to practice faith in his promises to us as we walk with him. Believing that his grace is sufficient.

We’re made to realize that the disciples were imperfect men, as we all are. Study well the times when they needed rebuke because of the division and spirit of competition in their midst. Be encouraged when you are made aware of these imperfections which surface in you. Seek the wisdom of God that will bring repentance and the desire to change. As we learn how to die daily to our soulish reactions the mind is renewed and the new creation is formed. Trust that God is able to bring the humble and contrite one through!

Consider Peter, who had been so bold as to attempt walking on water, then denied the Lord three times after his arrest by the rulers and officers. Consider the disciples who were so disrespectful of their great leader Jesus that they questioned his wisdom for his fellowship with the Samaritan woman. And some who ordered a poor blind men begging for mercy to leave the Lord alone. Or doubting Thomas, who had the attitude that he must see to believe, although we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. Others also, it seems, were upbraided by the Lord for their unbelief who continued to doubt even after he was raised from the dead!

Mark 16:14
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Or consider Paul, who testified that he had been blameless under law, but fought to destroy the righteous, thinking he was doing God a favor. What mercy God showed to him, recognizing his zeal, but requiring that he repent and be cleansed;. For a season he was called aside and separated from all the old traditions of religion that were familiar to him, so that the heart could be changed. That must have been a very challenging time of transitioning for him.

We who have set our hearts to Kingdom commitment can look at these things and be warned, but comforted by the examples of the unfailing mercies of the Lord as these weak and imperfect men repented and were then made perfect. For we see the mighty works accomplished through these imperfect men after the day of Pentecost, the infilling of the Holy Spirit. They were equipped and used to change the world around them, and to lay a foundation for future generations to build upon. Let us also consider that after they were equipped for ministry and sent out, they continued to make mistakes and had to submit themselves to the daily disciplines and correction of mercy. We can learn that we never come to the place that we need no correction. Peter once had to be rebuked by the younger regenerated Apostle Paul for aligning himself with the Jews against the new gentile converts.

The heart fully set on God and on the seeking of his eternal promise of Christ’s kingdom is the fruit of the serious disciple of Christ. Though we all come to the Lord flawed, we yearn to be found faithful to do his will. Therefore, as we seek these eternal things, we experience the Father’s mercies in spite of our failings. We are then better prepared to extend mercy to many other flawed human beings. Through the work of the blood of the cross the imperfect can be made perfect. There is mention of “just men, made perfect”

Hebrews 12:23

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Many transgressions resulting in justification!

Romans 5:15-17
But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Through faith and patience we will inherit the promises, and will reign in life with Christ!

Proverbs 4:18    But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

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The Lord Is A Man Of War

Psalm 80:2        Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

Isaiah 42:13     The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

It’s time for the saints to rule by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s time for all who are the called of God to stir up the gifts that are within and seek the baptism by fire.  It’s time to fine tune our ears to hear what the spirit is saying to the church. We overcome the devil by the word of our testimony, by the blood of the lamb, and by giving up all love of our own lives, even unto death.

To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to  glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust

The Lord will send unrighteous rulers to reign over us if we turn away from him. He also will use unrighteous  believers  to test our faithfulness to him.

Judges 3:

Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to prove Israel by them

Commentary on Judges 3:1-7

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As the Israelites were a type of the church on earth, they were not to be idle and slothful. The Lord was pleased to try them by the remains of the devoted nations they spared. Temptations and trials detect the wickedness of the hearts of sinners; and strengthen the graces of believers in their daily conflict with Satan, sin, and this evil world. They must live in this world, but they are not of it, and are forbidden to conform to it. This marks the difference between the followers of Christ and mere professors. The friendship of the world is more fatal than its enmity; the latter can only kill the body, but the former murders many precious souls.

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