James 1:2, 12 NIV 2011
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James never ceased to encourage his flock in Jerusalem. He challenged them to keep their head up and shoulders back when temptation was ever present. The joy they felt was what would propel them through any trial that was ahead. Matthew 5:12, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Persecution was nothing new, and those that went before them persevered. Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Persecution produces promised perseverance.
Stepping out in faith as an online leader for BSF, the Enemy has been nipping at my heals since I said, “Yes.” A small amount of technological skill does not lead to great success if you are unfamiliar with the information that is shown on a video. I was able, however, to glean some helpful information on Friday from a friend and her husband. God has given me wonderful women that are very grateful for our group. The Enemy’s persecution produces promised perseverance in me.
What trials drive us to God?
Persevering together daily,