Out in the open …

April 24, 2013

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 The Message

There are moments and times when the reality of living in this world, fallen and broken, exposes your life to the tender mercies and sovereign workings of God’s grace. A friend familiar to suffering wrote to some other friends familiar with suffering: “After years of dealing with affliction, you know, you understand that our Heavenly Father really, really values your faith — both of you… If your faith is worth anything, it’ll stand the test. Impurities are afraid of the fire but gold is not. Pearls made out of paste dread pressure; but a real gem can stand the test. And that’s your faith in Christ. It’s a pretty poor faith that can only trust God when the body is full of health. But true heaven-honored faith clings to The Lord Jesus Christ when the body is sick, and when your heart is weary. God absolutely delights in that kind of faith … Faith that says with Job, “Though he slay me, yet I will trust him.” That’s the kind of faith God is after — faith that believes even when the smile of God is hidden from view. Today may you feel God’s joy for all the many ways — incredible ways — your faith is being refined and being made to shine like gold.” From a friend to friends to other friends … In Christ .. it only takes a moment …

“… Pure gold put into the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1Peter 1:6-7 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Saints: The Suffering–The Sealed–The Secured following Jesus and friends of Priority One (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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