Harold Huber is a dear friend to BCM. this good ole “sarge” is probably the most enthusiastic prayer warrior for students at SC. He joins us every week at BCM in Thursday nights, and occasionally shares some thoughts of encouragement and challenge.
Ladies and gentlemen, please harken your ear to these words of wisdom from Harold:
In our Thursday night meeting we are studying James and discussing trial and temptations. Realizing the time constraints we have on Thursday night I have not participated in the discussion allowing you to draw your own conclusions on the study verses. In my simple Christian life I have studied trials and temptations and would like to share some of the findings I have learned in these studies.
My life verse is to do with trials and temptations, 1 Corinthians 10:13; “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (KJV)
Always remember that trials and temptations are for us to grow with God, Remember what Shane said in James 1:2-7 they develop perseverance, teach us knowledge, builds our faith, and help us to grow. If we are not facing trials and temptations we are not growing in God.
We must remember that trials and temptations… are given to us to grow in the Lord; I will use each as one or together in this sharing with you.
Look at the first part of my life verse; “There hath no temptation taken you but such as common to man:” God would never tempt us or give us a trial that some one else has never gone through. Someone else has already faced the trial or temptation we are given, they have already proven that it is able to withstand that trial or temptation. Get strength that God is not going to try our faith with some bizarre situation someone else has not already been through it and was able to over come the trial.
The second part of my life verse, “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able;” Always have faith that God is still in control, satan still reports to God. Remember Job and his trials? Satan had to ask God to be able to give a trial to him and God set the parameters of what satan could do. I truly believe that this truth it is still in effect today:
satan reports to God and he still answers to God! God will not let us to be tried or tempted above what we are able to withstand. God knows us better than we know ourselves and He is faithful to not allow something to enter our lives with out knowing that we are capable to make it through it.
Now look at the last part of my life verse, “will with the temptation also will make a way to escape, that you will be able to bear it.” God will show us a way to make it through a trail or a temptation. Please note: IT DOES NOT SAY THAT “HE WILL LIFT” or “TAKE AWAY” the temptation or trial. Remember the trial or temptation presented to you is to grow in the Lord. He will show us a way through safely and to bring honor to God, so as soon as we are faced with a trial or temptation we need to get on our knees and ask God to direct us through it.
To learn more about persevering through trials, join us in our study through James, every Thursday night at 7:42pm, in south hall at Sheridan college.