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Whilst Paul and James have some differences over faith and works they do agree that the Christian Life although lived in light of Christ’s love is not always easy! Last weeks meditation from James calls upon us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, because when our faith is tested, endurance has a chance to grow. Paul says”We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

Persverance, endurance, character gives us strength, gives us hope, gives a certainty to our faith. Without Faith in God which has been tested we are like”a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind”

In the past two weeks two spiritual giants have gone, John Stott and Raymond Windsor were two men of integrity, whose faith did not waver for they knew what it was to be tested, to be refined, both had a certainty in their faith, both have heard the call and have been welcomed home, good and faithful servants.


Romans 5 vs. 1-5  –  Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace

With God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us

Not that we first loved him, but that he first loved us, and died that sin in us could cease

To have control, that in his blood we can be washed clean and thus

We could turn away from the old self, and be prepared to decrease that he might increase

We have to have faith in what has been done, Christ died for us

Not that we go on sinning but by faith repent of that which is sinful and from it cease

We can have peace in with God because of what the Lord has done for us



Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand,

And we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

God desires for us that we have life in all its abundance, he loves us and all our needs does understand

We can have confidence in his love for us; he does not treat us poorly

We can stand in his presence, enter his courts with praise, yet do we comprehend or fully understand

Or value this gift that we can joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory

 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.                                        

Faith is not just about being happy clappy, or being on a permanent cloud nine, rather it requires endurance                                                                                   

We are often so unaware of how blessed we are, we eat, we live life, there is no sense of hunger, starvation                                                  

Yet we need to know how to ride through the storms when they come, to let go of our stubborn independence                              

To learn to listen to God calling us in the midst of the storm, to get out of the boat and do it with conviction                               

We need to not see life as a sprint, get caught up in our own needs, but stop, listen and give him precedence                

How can we develop strength of character without facing things, we need to have confident hope of salvation


And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us,                                          

Because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.  

At the end of the day it is not about us, rather letting God in, and allowing him to shape us                                        

For he gives us the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth, and to do it with love                                                                                               

And when we have the Holy Spirit in us we can know God’s peace and pray and discuss

With God his plans, what he desires and can hold firm in the knowledge of his love


Mark Maffey, September 2008©



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