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May 28th, 2015
James 1: 12: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial (endures temptation); for once he has been approved (he is tried), he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”No Comments, Giselle's Devotional, by Giselle.
Most of us are familiar with the Beatitudes in the fifth chapter of Matthew. We know that if we are poor in spirit, or mourn, are gentle, hunger after righteousness, merciful and peacemakers, we are called ‘blessed’. Also called blessed, when persecuted, and men cast insults at us for the Name of Jesus.
Today’s verse calls us blessed, if we persevere under trial, or temptation. I think that this verse becomes all the more important, as we read 1 Corinthians 10: 13. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it”. Most of us do not see ourselves in the “having it all together all the time” category, and if truthful feel a little inadequate when measuring ourselves to the requirements of Scriptures.
There is also a tendency to be deceived that we are the only ones who have ever gone through this, or that situation in life. In 1 Peter 5: 9b says, “That the same experiences of sufferings are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. We are not alone. God is faithful and will always provide a way of escape and Grace to endure, till we make it through to Victory. His Word for us today is, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27: 14