Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you
from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into
the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything
prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed,
not deficient in any way.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to
help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for
it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry
their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to
get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich
are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short- lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises,
pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and,
before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a
picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking
on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.
Anyone who meets a testing challenge head- on and manages to stick
it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the
reward is life and more life.
Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying
to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.
The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no
one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets
pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes
a real killer.
So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable
and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word,
showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.


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