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Sunday, August 04, 2002

Edifier du jour-Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
We don't like to be tested. The devil starts planing mind games, asking you why God's allowing you to go through all this crap if he really loved you. He'll start questioning your faith, suggesting that the problems are due to your own sin. Many times, the testing isn't because of our sin but is used of God to refine us. Character comes from sticking through the hard times. I was helping Eileen set up her classroom yesterday; she's got a lot to do before school starts Wednesday. Discovery Academy has a set of fifteen or so virtues/qualities (I'll figure out the lingo eventually) that it wants to develop in their students, and we were putting up posters of those virtues. One of those is (you guessed it) perserverence. After trimming the edges of the perseverance sign, I held it up, reminding both of us to be "keeping at it" as the subtitle of the sign stated. If we keep at it, God will build character. Once we see that we can push through the trials that come our way, we have a greater hope that we can push through any trial. The Little Engine That Could verse is Philippians 4:13-"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." The more we persevere, the stronger our character and the more we can take that verse to heart.

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