“ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:2-7
I have to admit I’ve had to catch myself a few times when my boat would start rocking. When my mind would get bombarded with questions, fears and doubts quoting scripture usually will start to subside that. Praying brings back my center.
Jesus said there would be trouble in this world. I don’t think I really knew what He meant until now. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes but I’m believing I’m learning and putting His word into practice when all sorts of adversity comes my way. When things come at me from a different angle or an unexpected source I’ve learned to recognize and put His word into action.
The bible says…
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” James 1:13-18
…so I know that when I look away from Him, I’m susceptible to being drawn away.. When The Lord went into the wilderness he was tempted with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. In I John it says these things are not of the Father. So as I see it, when those temptations come, you know, through the word of God that that is exactly what they are temptations that will try to lead you away from God and cause you to sin.
If he can’t lead you astray he will use another tactic, to touch those around you that effect you. He wants to stop you from your destiny and purpose. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy but God came to give us life and life abundantly..
One thing that I learned from my father is not to let those things shake you or move you. I will pray and believe and stand on what God says. I am fully aware that there will be those that doubt but I do not have to stay in their presence. Whatever it takes for me to keep my center and my faith in God and in the power that lies within me that I will do. My family is in His hands, my job is in His hands, my love life is in His hands, my friends are in His hands… it’s all in His hands
I CHOSE TO STAND ON IT! TO STAND ON HIS WORD!!
I can’t do it without Him and I honestly do not want to!