James 1:2-4 NKJV
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
The body of Christ is going through a test(s). Testing does not come to the body of Christ to destroy it or afflict it, but it comes to purge and refine it.
Hebrews 12:1-6 NKJV
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
Believers are to grow (mature) in faith. We must learn how to stand firm under pressure and opposition and we must learn how to turn adversity into opportunities.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to count it all joy when trials come my way knowing that You are beside me. Let patience have its perfect work, that I may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Purge and refine me and help me to grow and mature in faith. May I stand firm under pressure and opposition. And help me to learn how to turn adversity into opportunities for Your glory.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.