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My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (endurance). But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete (mature), lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

No one really likes difficulty. But, the testing process that is a part of difficult circumstances is a necessary ingredient in our maturation process. I have a question:

What gets “tested” in a difficult situation?

Your faith.

Your trust and belief in God and His willingness and ability to bring His Word to pass is what gets tested in difficulty because difficulty is challenging God’s Word. If God says, “you are healed” then why do you feel bad? If God say, “I am your Provider” then why did I just lose my job?

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You get the drift!

Being able to stand in faith for something before it comes to pass is a sign that you are mature in the Lord!

Many of us believe that spiritual maturity occurs when we reach the place where everything we believe for immediately manifests. Isn’t that New Testament Christianity?

Not according to the New Testament! Maturity in the Lord is most evidenced through possession of the Fruit of the Spirit. Gifts are wonderful but the apostle Paul often had to remind believers that use of the gifts without the Fruit of the Spirit revealed a lack of substance.


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Remember, patience or endurance is a manifestation of the Spirit just like healing is. According to Paul, immaturity is revealed when we use spiritual gifts without the Fruit of the Spirit. But, maturity is seen when we exercise the Fruit of the Spirit while waiting on the manifestation of the product of spiritual gifts!

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If you are waiting on a manifestation today, your maturity in Jesus is being tested. Stand firm! God will take care of your situation! Allow the “wait” to make you complete and mature – a person who lacks nothing – one who is firm in the faith!

Published by Parkey Cobern

Husband to Rhonda, proud father and grandfather. Pastor of Capstone Church, Fort Worth, Texas

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