Refining Trials, (Temptations/peirasmos)

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;
James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

In this saying of James’, “temptation” is G3986 πειρασμός peirasmos (pei-ras-mos’) n.
1. a putting to proof (by experiment (of good), experience (of evil), solicitation, discipline or provocation)
2. (by implication) adversity
[from G3985]
KJV: temptation, X try
Root(s): G3985

Chasing down the roots of the word peirasmos or “temptation”, only galvanizes the point that this word “temptation” means to be tried or pressed to one’s limit. As if the circumstances, adversary or Satan is saying, “let’s see if you can handle this”, “let’s see what you got”, “you’ll never stand against this”. It is meant to crush you and take you out.

G3985 πειράζω peirazo (pei-rad’-zo) v.
1. to test (objectively), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, entice, discipline
[from G3984]
KJV: assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt(-er), try
Root(s): G3984

G3984 πεῖρα peira (pei`-rah) n.
1. a trial, i.e. attempt, experience
[from the base of G4008 (through the idea of piercing)]
KJV: assaying, trial
Root(s): G4008

G4008 πέραν peran (per’-an) adv.
1. through, i.e. across
{as adverb or preposition}
[apparently accusative case of an obsolete derivative of peiro “to pierce”]
KJV: beyond, farther (other) side, over

Such pressing can break a person. It can make one want to just give up. But for the one chosen and called by God, giving up is merely surrendering to the Power of Christ. Like Paul said,

2Cor 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

2Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

What Satan intends for evil will result in the Power of Christ resting upon the called one who lets go of everything but Christ.

To our resulting discouragement, when the trials show our want for a sweeter evidence of the fruit of the Spirit and a sanctification which can be to the glory of His grace, and to the circumstance, adversary and Satan, we can say, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting, [lacking] nothing”.

James knew we could come to a place where we do not lack for sanctification that is to the praise of the glory of His grace. James knew that we can be tried, pressed and refined to a place of no longer lacking in the fruit of the Spirit. James even mentions that if we lack wisdom, let us ask the Lord and the Lord will give it to us without rebuke. The same is true for all the fruit if the Spirit.

Today, I take the refuse and dross that trials reveal and purge out of us, unto the Lord that He may heal and fill me with His grace. I shall be crucified and I shall rise in the resurrection power and newness of life that Jesus Christ paid for and has offered to us all. Satan is a loser and the death of me will be my glory in Christ to Satan’s frustrated shame and defeat.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light to me.
Mic 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Mic 7:10 Then she that is my enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said to me, Where is the LORD your God? my eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

The Lords Jerusalem, will against all “apparent” odds, show forth the everlasting glory of the LORD. The City of the Lord will be established and none shall prevent it.

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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