James 1:12 (ESV) 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.
Salvation is a free gift. However, there is great reward for those who remain steadfast in trial. Discipline brings us to maturity in Christ.
James 1:13-18 (ESV) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
There is a difference between trials and temptations. Temptations can lead to sin, are constantly present but can be reduced (Matt. 26:41) and are resistible (1 Cor. 10:13). Temptations can distract and destroy us. Trials strengthen us and consequently produce maturity in our lives.
How we face life and it’s challenges entails us to understand our weak state. We look at trials to build our inner self and fortify our resolve in our journey with Christ. Through pain and sufferings we can either walk away and cast aside our need for comfort and love, become independent and autonomous. The choice is yours and the fate you shall bear.
Submitting, defines us and allows us to humble ourselves to His grace. We can never see His sovereign plan for all humanity and our place or our choices will never prevent it’s outcome.
Hold on to the mantle of His promises and embrace the path you walk, for you will never be alone and whatever you have lost, you will gain ten times over in His Kingdom.
If we fool ourselves to be tempted in all our decisions to allow our arrogance and pride to fester, you are the only one who has lost. It is in faith we keep in our hearts to the unknown and yet to come. The choice to keep our objective morals anchored in Hos divine absolute, protects us and comfort us to persevere and commit to His glory.
He has revealed Himself and kept His promises. Never neglecting a single nuance to His covenants. Don’t ignore them for we have no defence for our ignorance.
Which temptations are you currently facing?
How can you see the way out that God promises to provide? (1 Cor. 10:13)