CHARACTER BUILDING IN THE KINGDOM CULTURE
In the Kingdom culture there is a quality of character, sprouting from the Indwelling Holy Spirit, producing fruit that is identifiable as Christ-like. The gifts and calling of God is without repentance (Rom.11:29), but character is forged in the fire of trials and tribulations.
How we handle the trials of our faith, will determine the outcome.
By leaning into the Spirit, we will have the victory (growing much into the image of Christ) and by giving into the flesh we will suffer defeat and frustration and lose much ground in the spirit.
Many times we want God to give the breakthrough while we have not heeded to or submitted to the process of refining in the fire. Therefore, tests will be repeated until we learn our lessons well, allowing Him to shape us, mold us, and form us through the process of transformation into HIs image.
Sometimes our sanctification is tried and tested and, as we recognize it as a test, yielded to the Holy Spirit, we will rest in His ability to build endurance, patience, long-suffering in us until we are perfected.
James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
In any trial, as well as temptation (from the enemy of our soul), we have the provision in Christ to overcome:
When we rejoice in this, our perspective changes and we position ourselves for victory. In the process, standing in faith for the overcoming victory, keep asking for wisdom from above and we will stand astounded at the increase of the fruit of patience and endurance that is coming forth as we yield to the instructions of the Holy Spirit, giving the Lord all the glory and growing in the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
The enemy tempts us to react in the flesh, eating from the wrong tree, but remember there is perfect provision by leaning into the Spirit.
12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”