October 9, 2018

This morning, I read the Bible in James 1:2-3 (NASB): Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Holy Spirit emphasized to me the reason why we could still ‘fall’ into various trials. It’s caused by inaccuracies that still linger in our heart attitude, mindset, or lifestyle.

James 1:13-14 (NASB) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

So, in other words, inaccuracies are the root cause of every problem and difficulties in our life. Whether they are in the form of inner conflict, dispute with others, financial difficulties, or family problems, they are all rooted in our life’s inaccuracy.

If we have built accurately in all aspects of our life, challenges could still come. But they come from others, not us. So, we could easily overcome those challenges.

James emphasized that if we fall into temptation (facing difficulties/hardship), we should consider it a joy. Because it means that God is revealing certain areas in our life that are still inaccurate. So, before that aspect could become dangerous, we could deal with them in God’s presence.

The problem is, oftentimes we couldn’t find the root cause of our inaccuracies (whether they are in our heart attitude, mindset, or lifestyle).

That’s why James advised us by saying: If you WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO, ASK HIM, AND HE WILL GLADLY TELL YOU, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.” (James 1:5, TLB)

The Father desires every one of us to be accurate in all life aspects. He will surely and gladly reveal what is in His heart through His Holy Spirit. So, just ask Him to reveal aspects in our life that are still not aligned to His truth.

What we need to do next is to prepare a fertile heart soil; meek, moldable, teachable, and wanting to change. So, whatever correction that comes from the Father, we could easily receive, understand, and obey it.

The main problem that ‘disables us to hear’ (not ready or not wanting to hear) the Father’s correction is ourselves! We still prefer those inaccurate things to stay in our life – our hobbies, lifestyle, mindset (our own version of truth), habit or whatever. What’s for sure is, we don’t want to crucify and transform that aspect yet.

I pray for God’s wisdom to be poured out in our lives always. So, our everyday life could become more and more accurate and pleasing before Him. #iLoveGod

Ps. Steven Agustinus