Faith declarations: personalizing and standing in God’s promises. As we make them our own, we are transformed into His character through our trials. Romans 5:3-4 gives us this progression. It says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope.”
Our trials develop our character to be like Him. There is an old hymn. “O To Be Like Thee” has a stanza: stamp Thine own image deep on my heart. As we abide in Him through our trials, we are beholding Him through intimate communion.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” We become who or what we behold.
Beware of what or who captures your heart (thoughts, time) other than the Lord. Dwelling (abiding) in bitterness because of what has happened to you will make you a bitter person.
The Lord is our Sufficiency. He has given us all the provision we need. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…” Grapes are the fruit of the vine. Abiding is intimate communion that bears the fruit of His character.
Verse 4 says, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of His nature…” John 15:4 Amplified says, “…Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.”
Here is the first part of a new song that describes intimate communion: I lift my unveiled face, to gaze into Your face. Face to face, I behold You as You behold me. No veil separates us, no fear of being known. We have intimate communion, our hearts are knit as one.
Acts 4:13 says of Peter and John, “…they realized that they had been with Jesus.” Do others see the Lord reflected through you life? They will as you stand in His promises, and abide in His love as you go through your trials. Your fruit from abiding will be succulent, and they will want more.