Monday, September 26, 2016

Devotional: A Purpose for Suffering #5

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (KJV)

James 1:12 Blessed 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. (NIV)

I can't help but think of Job when I read the verses above. Here is a man who is an example of persevering under trial. Look at what he says below:

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.(KJV)

Those who love God will persevere under trial. This is not to say they won't get discouraged or they won't stumble, but God will give them the strength to get back up and keep going. God knows the trials we are going to face and He has control over them. He is waiting to award us the crown of life when we persevere through them. His strength is perfect in our weakness. We must trust in Him, not ourselves, to persevere through our trials. We must keep our eye on the prize.
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.(KJV)
What are your trials today? What are you facing? Don't look around at your circumstances. Look up and embrace the strength that God will give you to persevere. Look up and keep your eye on the prize...the crown of life! God is faithful...
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

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