Perseverance


Scripture: James 1:

12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1,2,3,4,5 – Passage Lookup – New International Version – BibleGateway.com

Observation: Life is about being tested, not by God, but by the world, we pass the tests of this life and this world by knowing the answer.  God is the Answer.

Application: When life deals us one of those blows that it so often does we tend to want to look for someone to blame.  God is testing me, or the Devil is tempting me are two common answers.  Really, when we are going through the hard parts of life, that’s just life, God doesn’t intentionally bring calamities upon us.  And please, lets not make the Devil more powerful than he really is, remember he is a defeated enemy!  Christ won that battle for us on Calvary!

Jesus told us that while we were in this life we would face hardships and trouble, but if we have Christ within us, there is nothing that can destroy us.  We may be troubled, but we can not be destroyed, He that is within us is capable of carrying us through because in our weakness His strength is made perfect.

Don’t ask God “Why Me?”  Ask him to strengthen you.  Don’t worry about what the Devil is doing, just live for God and resist him and he has no power over you.  He may roar every now and then, because that’s all he’s able to do, but he is bound by a mighty hand! 

We persevere because we have something that the world doesn’t have.  We have the power of The Creator within us.  Through Him there is nothing we can’t overcome. 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Prayer: God Almighty,

Thank you for placing your spirit within me and giving me the ability to overcome anything that I may face in this life. Through you, I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

Love Michael

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