PASTOR GEORGIE KELSEY

 
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In James 1:2 we are encouraged to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”. To consider a trial “pure joy” seems counterintuitive because often in a trial we can feel like we are going backwards and getting weaker, not stronger. However if we fully allow a trial to do it’s work in our lives it has the ability to strengthen us and form us into the person we need to be to fulfill the call of God on our lives. Trials form character and strength in our lives; they cause us to lean on Christ and truly surrender our lives to Him alone. A trial is actually a beautiful thing if we consider the things of God beautiful. Trials form true beauty in our lives.

As women we are often taught that beauty is external, but the truth is that true beauty is formed inwardly and shines from the inside out. In my life I have faced some trials, and I have not responded perfectly with faith.  I’ve often stumbled, and there have been times when I’ve felt like I was just clinging to the hem of Jesus' garment! But I’ve found that all Jesus really requires is that we hold on to Him, and cling to Him during the trial — and He meets us right where we are. Sometimes it’s just a battle to open the Bible or utter a word in prayer, but He hears that word and He comes quickly. There have been dark moments when all I’ve been able to muster is a groan or a muffled “Help me, Jesus” into a tear soaked pillow! Sometimes strength just means looking to Jesus when you don't understand anything, and giving Him your mustard seed faith. Sometimes strength looks like weakness, but when we give it to Jesus He fills our weakness with His strength and imparts His character into our lives. Jesus wants to form us and shape us into the born again overcomer who He died to save; He has a strength available to us that can only be found when we truly surrender all to Him. Let’s be women who find our strength in Christ and Christ alone.

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