Posted by: towngie | August 31, 2011

Application of the Fighter Verse for September 3/4

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

Steadfastness under trial: Early in this chapter James writes that testing of our faith produces steadfastness.  He writes that when steadfastness has its full effect, we are made perfect, complete, lacking in nothing.  This is where the blessing comes from.  It comes from the good and perfect gift of trial that comes down from the Father of lights.  This is why we can count it all joy, my brothers and sisters.  We can count it all joy because we know that the trials and tribulations that come our way are from God.  They are part of his plan for our lives.  They are part of what will make us perfect, complete, lacking in nothing.  They are part of what will lead to our blessedness in receiving the crown of life.

If God didn’t love us, if he hadn’t have chosen us, he would not have wanted to refine us.  But, he did love us and choose us and promise to give us the steadfastness that comes through the fiery trials of this life.

Are you facing trials right now? Are you asking God why? 

It seems clear here in James that at least one reason that we face trials is to produce in us perfection.  When I’m going through trials though, perfection, completeness, and wholeness are not what I feel.  I am thankful though that I can trust that God is working all of these things for my good and that the present suffering cannot be compared with the future weight of glory to be revealed.  If we are trusting in Christ for our salvation, then perfection, completeness, wholeness and blessedness are exactly what we have to look forward to for eternity.

How will you use this bible verse song in your life this week? with your spouse? your children? your family? your neighbors?

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  1. Thank you so much. What a beautiful song, and so very timely for my present circumstances.


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