Good character supersedes the spiritual gifts we receive from God. Our gifts can weaken in difficult times whereas our character will always become strengthened in difficult times. Good character gives validity to our gifts and therefore strengthens our testimony, whereas a lack of character invalidates it all.
STUDY your gift however, WORK on your character. Our character affects our personalities, our marriages, our parenting, our finances, our businesses, our jobs and every ethical aspect of our life. Good character is a godly virtue that you MUST have. It is the most valuable attribute you can obtain. It is hard to get and yet easy to lose.
OUR STRUGGLES & OUR TESTS DEVELOP OUR CHARACTER
God allows us to the opportunity to overcome painful struggles and hard tests for these are the experiences that will develop our character. We cannot be promoted to the next level of blessing until we successfully make it through the struggles and pass the tests. Think about it... Joseph would never have made it to second command in Egypt without going through everything he experienced with Pottifer's wife. Through that experience, God was able to humble and purge Joseph of everything (pride, arrogance, bitterness, hatred, etc.) that could have kept him from doing what God had created him to do. God uses the weaknesses of others to reveal our own weaknesses then He continuously checks to see if we are ready to walk in the promise of promotion. We can use these opportunities to overcome these weaknesses or we can fail - both in our natural life and in our spiritual progression. Be mindful not to become bitter in the experience for ultimately, it is good for us. Unless God points to our faults and works them out of us, they will remain in us.
"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." 1 Peter 4:12-14
MOUNTAIN & VALLEY EXPERIENCES
We all have mountain and valley experiences. To keep the things we go through in its proper perspective, remember that the higher the mountain top experience God has for us, the deeper the valley experience will be. In fact, you will find that the depth of your valley experience is directly proportionate to the height of the mountain experience God has planned for you. The longer the valley, the longer the influence you will have. The wider the valley, the broader the influence you will have.
Whether you are climbing to get to the top of the mountain today or trailing along deep in the valley tomorrow, walking it all out - in Jesus' name.