Friday, 23 July 2010
James 1:4 says "Let endurancehave its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing"
We live in a society where everything is about instant gratification. I read that so much of life is painted with speed, flash, and sizzle that we get intimidated by everyone else's flash.
The scripture today teaches us to persevere with enduring patience. Yes we will have trials in life and many of these trials want to see us defeated, I know. I am aware of how many times one can just want to stop and camp at the border of your pain or trail. Perseverance is a term used to describe Christians who faithfully endure and remain steadfast in the face opposition, attack and discouragement.
This can seem so huge for so many of us, however I know that installed inside every one of us is the patience to endure without complaint and calmness.
Many of you know about my on off battle with weight and I know that it takes only 21 consecutive days to develop a new habit. So often our flesh does not want to wait, does not want to take the time to develop Godly habits, the flesh screams at us and tells us it "wants it now"
Commitment and discipline are not words that the world are comfortable with. This decade wants everything that "feels good." These words are words that demand denial of self or pain. Dr feelgoods people do not like either of these.
We need to persevere in :-
PRAYER (EPESIANS 6:18)
IN OBEDIENCE (REVELATION 14:12)
IN FAITH (HEBREWS 12:12)
IN SERVICE (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
IN SELF CONTROL (2 PETER 1: 5-7)
The scripture promises us certain blessings if we will endure to the end:
FINAL DELIVERANCE (MATTHEW 24:13)
REWARDED FAITH (HEBREWS 11:6)
ETERNAL INHERITANCE (REVELATION 21:7)
When we live this way the fruit of The Spirit will be evident in our lives. (Galatians 5:22,23)
Remember God and I love you!