He Moves Me And Grows Me, Evans Olang

Romans 5:1-20, “3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope”

In order to function effectively as Christians, we constantly need to remind ourselves that we are nomadic people here on earth. God is working on us climbing us from glory to glory.

Romans 5:1 says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God“, this verse opens the door for us to be saved, the beginning of growth as we move (grow). This is justification which God does for us and none of us have a part in our justification by faith. It’s like we’ve passed an exam we did not sit for and could not pass it on our own regardless of how prepared we were. Because we are justified, we have peace with God meaning the war God had with us through our wicked mind has been settled by Christ on the cross.

Vs. 2, “Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”. Grace is what we don’t deserve, it is God’s unmerited favor. When you understand that you are favored, you rejoice, but this is not the end but the beginning and so your faith is elevated because you know who is holding your life.

These two verses about sanctification is where we struggle to embrace, Vs. 3&4, “3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.“ If we rejoice and glory in favor, we need to remember that we can also rejoice and glory in tribulation. I know not of a great tool to grow one than the school master of tribulations. It’s through it that people pray more, it’s an agent of purification, if channeled properly it helps you see God in ways you could never imagine or think. David in Psalm 119:71 tells us how beneficial tribulations were to him, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes”. Affliction, tribulation of any kind acts as a wholesome discipline in leading the pious more highly to value the truth and promises of God.

When we glory in tribulation, we understand that tribulations are just for a season and joy is eternal. Tribulation (hardships) tailors one into patience (perseverance), as patience is not something that is taught in a classroom setting, it is learnt and mastered in the sea of life. Patience builds experience (character). Having gone through hardships and patience, you become wise and experienced in giving advice, counsel, make wise decisions in regards to where you get your help. Character produces Hope and hope does not a shame. It’s in tribulation that a saint should hold on to Christ tight and hope for the life to come. God knows how to take us through the process of life that He may make us be like Jesus, people of character, people who can be at peace in tough times in the midst of a chaotic world. All this work is to make us bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit. The gardener has to prune, dig around the tree, remove the weeds that hinder that tree from bearing fruits. And if the tree is bearing fruit’s, He still works on it to bear more and much. There are certain tough things the Lord has allowed in our lives to teach us patience in our work places, friends. As we go through them, our character is being enlarged. We learn to love the unlovely, we learn to forgive and even pray for those who despitefully use us, we learn to put ourselves in someone else shoes to feel their pain.

I thank God that He moves me from stage to stage with His hands upon my life. Even in the midst of tribulations, I know that it’s working for His purpose and I’m learning things I could not learn in any other way, bearing fruit, more fruit and much fruit. The more He moves me, the more he grows me in Him. Blessings Ev

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