Produces Low-Mindedness, Understanding, Love and Compassion
Romans 5:3 tells us that tribulation works patience in us. As we learn to rest in patience, we realize the experience of salvation and sanctification. By the success and victory of this experience, we gain the hope for deliverance. Finally, somehow through it all, we are enlarged in our capacity to love God, and through us this love of God is shed abroad to others.
Romans 5:3-5 is an amazing sequence of events—not at all understood by the lost, but every believer whom God has carried during times of tribulation can attest its validity. These times can be very trying. It’s easier to say to someone else “Just rest in God” than actually to do it ourselves when the thermostat of our “trying furnace” is turned up until we find ourselves pressed out of measure. But rather than claiming that such tribulation is unscriptural, God’s intent is to teach us to rejoice in tribulation and grow in grace. This brings a humbling that brings more low-mindedness concerning ourselves.
It’s a work with a price, but a necessary price worth the cost. Most of all, with each occurrence of tribulation, we realized more love for God, gain a deeper understanding of love and acquire more compassion for others.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
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We wrestle not with flesh and blood. Beneath every human problem, there exists an underlying spiritual root. And every spiritual root is connected with ungodly spiritual influence and power. Therefore we must always be dependent upon the Spirit’s power in casting down strongholds.
II Cor. 10:3-4
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”
It is impossible to remove these strongholds by the strength of our own human power because they have been imparted to us by spiritual forces with spiritual power. It will take spiritual power to effectively remove them. This is why secular psychotherapy can never be ultimately effective. Secular psychotherapy, for all its indepth rationale, has only a limited and natural ability to diagnose the humanistic appeal for help, but lacks the power to deliver.
For more on how you can have victory over strongholds and recurring problems in your Christian walk, there’s a book written from years of counseling as a pastor and helping Christians obtain freedom. The book is Biblical Counseling, available on Amazon. Can you as a born again believer “counsel” yourself? Can you counsel others? The answer is “yes.”
THE SPIRIT-FILLED VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE
Regardless how thoroughly you deal with spiritual strongholds, no victory can be maintained aside from a continual moment-by-moment appropriation of the Holy Spirit empowered, faith appropriated “know-reckon-yield,” dead and live reckoning principles given through the apostle Paul in his victorious Christian life treatise of Romans chapters 6-8.
Having seen many delivered of strongholds and set free to walk in the victory that belongs to God’s children, your victory is assured when you work through your recurring problems and strongholds God’s way. He will do it for you, in you, through His power, His Word!
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During my early Christian life (born again in1975), I poured over theological doctrines trying to determine which were valid and how they practically applied to everyday Christian life. I also moved about through many theological “camps” and experiences. More than anything, I wanted to have a victorious Christian life, not one characterized by the ups and downs of carnality and defeat.