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Intentional Gifts // By Marialicia Coates

By March 8, 2018All Posts

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.


If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”

James 1:2-8 MSG


“Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.”

James 1:13-15 MSG


I could easily just leave those verses up there a drop the mic because they’re THAT GOOD! But let’s dissect them a little can we?


Verse one says that we should consider it a GIFT when we are facing adversity because that is what shows our true colors. Some of you might be thinking. “Oh man that’s no gift. I do not want my true colors to come out.” But isn’t our walk with God a journey to become the best version of ourselves as we get to know His love, wisdom and plans for us?


We don’t need religion, we need relationship and relationships have to be genuine. True relationships are made of people who are not trying to impress one another, they are not faking it, they’re just being who they are and enjoying each other’s company, love, friendship, etc. If we want to live lives fully surrendered to God, our true colors need to be visible, and our true colors come out through tests and challenges. Fully surrendered lives to God produce fulfilled lives so that is why we should consider trials and challenges GIFTS.


However, please let’s not get things confused. Let’s jump on to James 1: 13-15. Although we should consider trials and challenges gifts, this doesn’t mean God is trying to “trip us up”. No! God is good! He’s not wanting you to fail, He has His best interest in you my friend! He wants you to succeed! He is NOT the author of evil, but He is a master at making it all work for our good!


Now let’s rewind a little bit and let’s go to verses 5-8. You know those moments when you’re like, “Lord I’m as lost as a seagull in Oklahoma?”How am I supposed to do this or that?” Know this.. God LOVES IT when we come to Him asking for help! Yesterday I read a post by Cory Asbury that said, “God is a sucker for our weak moments because He can’t wait to hear us say, “Father, help me” or something like that (his insta story expired already lol) But it’s so very true about God’s character! He wants to help us! He wants to give us His strength when we are weak! But he wants us to do it boldly! Not doubting Him. Because if you ask doubting it’s because you’re not trusting Him. Not that you doubt His ability, but you are mistrusting His love for you because you don’t believe He will do it for you.


See how all these verses talk about our relationship with our Heavenly Father? All

These verses speak loudly about His love and His intentions towards us.
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