All glorifying fruit comes from abiding. John 15:4 says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” This is a principle that never changes.
Our trials are designed to draw us closer to the Lord. They help to make us more aware of His eternal truths. Verse 5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
We cannot endure our trials unless we are abiding in Him. James 1:3 says that our trials test our faith which produces the fruit of patience. Verse 4 in the J. B. Phillips says, “But let that process go on until that endurance is fully developed…”
Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” The Greek word for endurance combines two words. Hupo (under) and mone (to remain).
We often try to get out from under the intense pressure of our trials instead of embracing them. We use mental gymnastics by deflecting, complaining to others, seeking emotional fillers, or resisting grace through pride.
If you have pleaded with the Lord to remove your trial, but He hasn’t done it, then it is time to rethink your prayer. Paul did. Three times He pleaded with the Lord to take away the thorn in his flesh.
When the Lord made His perfect way clear, Paul wholeheartedly embraced it. The words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” echoed in Paul’s heart. His heart exploded with revelational insight.
They impacted him. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “…Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” We need God’s grace-strength to endure, so let’s embrace our trials with gladness and joyful heart acceptance.
There is a note in my Bible from the Strong’s on hupomone. I refer to it frequently. The word means: constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. The meaning describes the fruit of righteousness.
Hebrews 12:11 Amplified says, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful, but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it…”
How sad and futile to go through a trial and not be trained. If we are not trained then there will be no fruit that glorifies the Lord. The rest of the verse says, “…a harvest of fruit that consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action…”
Like a potter works water into dry clay, our trials work to conform us to God’s will. Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”