How will we know if there is nothing missing and nothing lacking in our lives? What is the measuring line? When our faith is tested by EXPERIENCE.
Over the last nine days I’ve had three major blows and though they are different situations, all deal with the same effect on my heart. There is a “theme” to which I am to overcome. The positive is what would have once taken me out in a depressed stupor for days, has not effected me like times past. Now how would I know this unless I had EXPERIENCED these trials? I would not have the measurement of growth otherwise. It doesn’t mean I have the answers, understanding, and certainly doesn’t mean that I didn’t cry. 😉 But I do have joy because I chose to literally press myself into Jesus during this time and yield to more refining.
I know we are all in progress toward becoming the perfected work of ‘nothing missing and nothing lacking’, so I want to encourage you to trust the Holy Spirit in whatever that situation is you’re in the middle of. Maybe He’s trying to show you that you have grown too. We often default to seeing the problem or how we feel, but instead of focusing on the pain look for the positive and allow the Lord to release that supernatural joy in you! When you are being pressed, PRESS yourself into HIM. For in the pressing, you receive the oil of His presence, and the more we have of Him the more complete we become.
“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.”
James 1:2-4 TPT