TRIALS & TESTING

ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,   John 3:14-18

TRIALS & TESTING     “WORTH CONSIDERING”   6/26/20   From Ken<><
     
Today’s Scripture       (In my mailbox this morning from Texas.)
“…The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age…”  (Ruth 4:14–15, NIV)

Stay Close to the Right People

Naomi lost her husband in death, and then both her sons died as well. She was so discouraged that she didn’t think she could go on. She had been full of joy and sweetness, but now she was bitter. She even changed her name from Naomi, which means “my joy,” to Mara, which means “bitter.” She was saying, “Call me bitter.” But her friends refused and kept calling her Naomi. She was trying to stay in defeat, but they said, “No, you’re coming into victory,” and eventually she did.

If you have been through disappointments and loss, you need people around you who will remind you about who you are—not people who will get bitter with you and agree with the defeat. Stay close to people who will call you blessed and victorious. You want people in your life who will remind you that your best days are yet to come, that what was meant for your harm, God will use to your advantage.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You that You are able to take the most unfair situations in my life and turn them into positives. And thank You for the people in my life who call me victorious and blessed. Help me to stay close to those who remind me of who I am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ken’s Thoughts,
It has not been an easy journey for me to come to the place of understanding that GOD never tempts us or tests us for HIS benefits but allows lucifer to test us as HE sees the test will ultimately give us more freedom, though painful,  in HIS truth.   Of course I have been very hard headed soul  and learned mostly through pain by experience.  Learning by faith would have been much less painful. But out Loving Creator has endowed us we a totally free will which HE will not manipulate.  Your soul, is your soul to do with as you will.  But your soul is eternal.     

James, who grew up with Christ Jesus is very clear on the subject..  
“Blessed (happy, [c] to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.   13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.  14 But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).  15 Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.  16 Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.  17 Every good gift and every perfect ([d]free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].  18 And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself].  James 1:12-18.   So it is never the fault of GOD when we go through deep dark painful waters, it is of our doing.  Job’s 42 chapters (oldest Bible manuscript) is all about how Job had great fear concerning his children, wealth and health.  God allowe lucifer to strip him bare.  And when he came to himself he realized the necked he came into the world and that he would leave the same way, Praise be the name of the LORD.  And then God more than replaced everything but then it was without any fear and could be fully enjoyed.  Interesting thing for me was that he was not fearful about his wife, so nothing happened to her.  Even though she was part of the problem.  

We are born into a perverted world in total rebellion against God.  But in that same world God has saturated it with HIS TRUTH.  Subject to us taking the time to listen and allowing  HIS TRUTH to impact our lives.   If we love Adam\’s world, we will experience an eternal separation from our Creator, our choice..  If we seek out God’s Kingdom in Christ Jesus and HIS Loving Truth and Light we will live in that love and truth for eternity.

And it is not as though I am outside looking in.  Actually, even at my age, evan as Paul commented, I am still learning to die to Adam’s world every day and be alive in the Jesus world.   In getting to be an old fossil does make the process of dying to this world much more important.  I am alive only by God’s grace already.   In looking for another set of wheels for my wife yesterday,   I ran across a really beautiful little Benz convertibles, my color and all, low milage, good price….  But my feet started to freeze up and cramp on me on the way home from Kailua Kona, yesterday in just 20 miles.   So really a very dumb temptation but still there after all of this time.  And to say nothing about riding a big Harley cycle at my near 88.  But God’s Truth is getting more and more powerful in my life as I write to you.  And never a dull moment.    “For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power ([b] moral power and excellence of soul)”. 1 Cor.4:20.  “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. “ Heb. 12:11.   “And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it]. “ 1 John 1:6.  “Who were chosen and foreknown by God the Father and consecrated (sanctified, made holy) by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and to be sprinkled with [His] blood: May grace (spiritual blessing) and peace be given you in increasing abundance [that spiritual peace to be realized in and through Christ, freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts]. 1 Pet.1:2 “And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing [a] overflowing abundance or that which is [b] over and above his needs.” Luke 12:15.  This is good TRUTH from the Word of God, don’t try to leave home without it….

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org

There is but one universal and apostolic Church of Christ Jesus as LORD.       
And all who truly Love, Honor and Obey HIM have residency for eternity.

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