The perception of affliction

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

(1 Peter 4:12)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.

(James 1:2)

The joy of the temptation or affliction, persecution, or trial and discomfort we feel, these do not bring forth joy in the life of the believer. The joy however spoken of here is the understanding of the time and the circumstances in which we are tempted, by seeing beyond the problem, we shall know there is a solution; then shall the troubled mind find relief by faith.

The deception of the enemy at times is to use of the natural to cause the affliction we suffer. Therefore, though we think we understand the burden that we bear due to the natural acts that transpire before us. Yet, these things, though they are real, but they are not the source of that which we endure, but it is a trap against the mind to keep us in a place of suffering wherewith the solution is not found. By looking at the natural circumstance of our temptation or affliction, persecution, or trial of discomfort, we forsake walking after the Spirit, which is the leading of the Holy Spirit. In so doing, we beheld the things of the natural and battle in our mind by the means to bring about a change.

A change we anticipate bringing about through a natural act because we perceive that which we endure is natural. Therefore, though we love God, yet we feel our problem is not spiritual, but natural. By so doing we fail to take it to the Lord in prayer, instead we seek within our own natural ability to bring about a change. A change that will not be brought forth, but the mind is unaware of the trap wherewith it is in. Therefore, the carnal mind fights a battle, but a failing battle which is not spiritual.

This we ought to know, (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

The situation wherewith we find ourselves at times, it is but a test. As to how we perceive the situation by the means in which the situation is handled, this will greatly affect the duration of the situation, or the peace during the storm.

Based on whom we believe and our approach. Therefore, to whom do we believe? In God, and how shall we approach the situation? Take it to the Lord. Lean not to your own understanding. He saved us not to watch us perish, for He SAVES, He shall provide. For He is Jehovah-Jireh.

Like in the words of Magdalene Crocker

Life is like a mighty sea So tossed and driven. Billows rise within the heart of every man Storms so many times will Leave the heart with questions But I don’t need to understand Just hold His hand.




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