When May the Trial End?

The people of Jerusalem were praising Jesus as he entered the city. They cried hosanna, which means O save.  What were they expecting?  It appears that they were expecting either a king like David to slay the oppressor much like he did the giant or at the least a judge like Gideon or one of the other nobles.

Did you ever stop and think how much faith that would take?  Israel was not facing some small army.  They were up against the world dominant Roman kingdom.  Why possibly did God wait until this time in history to send his son and present his kingdom?  My thought is that Jesus came when the people’s faith was strong enough to believe the impossible.  

Although the religious Jews rejected Jesus, the common man embraced him and what he had to offer.  For this very reason, the Jews were so responsive to the gospel message at Pentecost and beyond.

Great trials come into our lives and it may be that God will use them and delay deliverance until our faith reaches out for the impossible. How can you get your faith to this point?  Faith results from two sources: hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17) and the working of his grace as he gives us faith (Romans 12:3).  What you should do is read God’s word and allow your hearts to hear what it says and then ask God to give you faith to believe the impossible.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

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When May the Trial End?



The people of Jerusalem were praising Jesus as he entered the city. They cried hosanna, which means O save.  What were they expecting?  It appears that they were expecting either a king like David to slay the oppressor much like he did the giant or at the least a judge like Gideon or one of the other nobles.

Did you ever stop and think how much faith that would take?  Israel was not facing some small army.  They were up against the world dominant Roman kingdom.  Why possibly did God wait until this time in history to send his son and present his kingdom?  My thought is that Jesus came when the people’s faith was strong enough to believe the impossible.  

Although the religious Jews rejected Jesus, the common man embraced him and what he had to offer.  For this very reason, the Jews were so responsive to the gospel message at Pentecost and beyond.

Great trials come into our lives and it may be that God will use them and delay deliverance until our faith reaches out for the impossible. How can you get your faith to this point?  Faith results from two sources: hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17) and the working of his grace as he gives us faith (Romans 12:3).  What you should do is read God’s word and allow your hearts to hear what it says and then ask God to give you faith to believe the impossible.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

How Did It Happen? (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

You have heard of people who lived a terribly wicked life and then for some reason became a Christian. How did such a thing happen? Some credit it to circumstances in the individuals’ lives and in response to them, they make a turn to God hoping that things will get better. Other people attest it to a fear people have of dying and being judged for their sins. Both of these situations may be factors in their decision, but they only have a minimal impact. What brings people to God, whether it be to Christ for salvation or to the father in Heaven, is the working of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the word of God.

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

It is the Holy Spirit that does a work of drawing us to God. He works through conviction, guidance, comfort, intercession, teaching, directing and overseeing our lives. His work is done in conjunction with truth or the word of God. As lost sinners, he brought truth to us by various ways. He then used that truth in our hearts to bring us to repentance and a calling out to Jesus. He continues to work upon us in that same manner. For situations that we face in our lives today, the Holy Spirit performs the same work by using the word of God. From truth and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we can gain the strength that we need to face the trials and troubles.

What we must do in the midst of difficult times is continue to expose our hearts to the word of God. Without truth in our hearts, we limit the work that the Holy Spirit wants to accomplish. Sadly to say, most who struggle with trials give up. They stop exposing themselves to the word of God in the many ways that God wants to bring it to them and because of that decision, they weaken themselves and limit the Holy Spirit’s liberty working in their lives. But if we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and expose ourselves to truth through God’s word, he will accomplish the plan that he has chosen for our lives. The work is accomplished by God: our part is to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading to his precious powerful word of truth.

False Truth Resists Truth (Mark 6:5-6)

When Jesus went into his own country, the people had a difficult time accepting that he was the Son of God and able to perform miracles of which they have heard. Because of their unbelief, he was limited in the number of miracles he could do. Why didn’t the people recognize him and his power or better stated, why couldn’t they recognize him and his power?

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. (Mark 6:5-6)

It appears that as word came to the people in his home country that he performed miracles, they compared these reports with what they already believed about Jesus. For years they believed he was merely a man, the son of Mary or illegitimate and nothing more. These strongly established views kept them from recognizing and believing the truth.

A strongly established view of any type can resist truth and the work that it is intended to perform in our lives. A person who believes himself to be righteous strongly resists the gospel and its saving work. Angry people who believe they are not angry, prideful people who believe they are humble, bitter people who believe they have forgiven, thieves who justify their taking and fearful people who believe they walk by faith and who are strongly settled in these beliefs resist the truth of God’s word and limit what he can do in their lives.

People who have been physically, emotionally and verbally abused also have a false belief system. This belief system also resists the truth of God’s word. In fact, it may be more difficult to crush the falsehood of these beliefs than those afore mentioned. In either case, false beliefs about ourselves limit us to what God and his word can do in and through us.

As we read and hear God’s word, we must lay down our defenses and allow it to expose all areas of our lives. We have the potential to accomplish this when we seek God’s face and pray for him to expose us so that we may see ourselves as he sees us. It will be at that point when the seed of truth becomes planted into our hearts with the intent to yield fruit some thirtyfold, sixtyfold and hundredfold.

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