Infused with Supernatural Power to Persevere
Key Verse to Read and Treasure:
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12, ESV)
Have you ever heard this saying, “Everybody wants happiness, but nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain. Realize that tough times will come, but the sun will shine again.”
The apostle Paul, as did the rest of the Apostles, had a difficult life. They endured many hardships and trials as they spread the Good News of Christ crucified and risen from the dead to others. Suffering was a part of spreading the message of Christ and they never knew from one day to the next what was in store for them from their enemies.
As Paul is writing to the believers in Corinth, he shared how they were going through extraordinarily tough times as they took the message of Christ out to others. It was important for him to be authentic and not soft pedal what life was like. Knowing how much Paul and the others suffered but still persevered was especially encouraging to them as they had their own kind of suffering and trials to endure. If Paul and the others could do it, even as they faced death every day, so could they!
For every generation sharing the Good News of Jesus will be difficult in a sinful world. In most countries we will not suffer beatings or imprisonment in a literal sense. We may not be put under house arrest because we are sharing Christ with others. We may not be beaten or martyred for our faith, but we will certainly suffer because Satan, the fiercest enemy of the cross is still with us today and he will never make it easy or sit idly by while we take the light of Jesus to a dying world.
James said, “Blessed is the person who remains steadfast under trial. Not any one particular trial but any and all trials. Trials can be defined as anything that comes to test our faith.
Our own sins and mistakes can throw us into a time or period where we are undergoing trials as we wait on the Lord to help us come through on the other side. There are trials that happen because of the fallen world we live in such as sickness, disease, poverty, death, and violence, and trials associated with living in this dark world. And there are trials that are brought on because we are undergoing enemy attack or part of spiritual warfare. Regardless of how our trials enter they are often fierce and difficult to undergo or stay spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically encouraged during.
James assures us that there is a crown of life waiting on us when we persevere and endure our trials. The crown of life is the joy of heaven and eternal life with God, and it is also being strengthened and joyous just knowing we have withstood our trial and suffering. God is willing to let us go through trials because he knows they will help us grow up in our salvation, increase our faith, make us stronger and end up blessing us on many levels.
When we look at our trials today, we can know just like the early believers that the Lord is with us, and his power is sufficient to get us through. The plan of God for our life includes our experiencing and emerging from any trial triumphantly and being conquerors. The abiding life will not only prepare us for trials and sufferings, but it will also infuse us with supernatural strength while we are going through. This is how Paul was able to write that they were afflicted but they weren’t crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. That was Paul’s testimony, but it is also ours.
Jesus, since I will not escape trials of all kinds I pray to be infused with strength and power to persevere. I want to experience victory and I definitely want the crown of life that awaits me after these earthly trials are ended. Amen
What kind of trial am I enduring presently” Do I know where it came from? On a scale of 1-10 how am I doing spiritually, mentally, and emotionally? Am I staying connected to Jesus as I undergo my trial?
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