James 1:12- Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Nowadays there are numerous publications out there offering advice on how to live your best life. If you traveled to the bookstore lately or to your local library, you will find designated sections for “self-help” books. I have to admit that I am a book nerd. I love books, I love the feel of a hard-cover book and I get excited about flipping the pages and gaining access to new information. Although there’s a lot of good material out there, things can get a little confusing and overwhelming at times, especially for the Christian believer who is set on living a life that is pleasing to God.
Living your best Christian life is about believing and acting upon the promises that are taught in the Bible.
In the first chapter of the book of James, we’re giving a list of promises that should be used to guide us in our everyday living:
- The testing of your faith develops perseverance. Everyone experiences challenges at some point in time. I believe that difficulties come to equip us with the knowledge and necessity to help others. I’ve adopted the following motto for 2016: “Your 2015 testimony is someone else’s 2016 goal.”
- Perseverance must finish its work so that you will be mature, complete and lacking nothing. Have you ever heard the saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know?” If you’ve never had direct experience in a situation, you’re unfamiliar with the process and outcome. Test are giving to test your knowledge.
- God gives generously without finding fault. There’s no fault in God. Because of his love for you, God made sure to create a way of redemption for you. No matter what your past looks like, it doesn’t matter. Liberty has been giving to all those who believe in God and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
- A double-minded man will not receive anything from God. Its your choice, will you choose fear or faith? Decisiveness, clarity and focus on God’s truths are necessary for believing him. For every negative thought that you have, God has a promise and a truth to cancel it out.
- A man who preservers under trial is blessed. Trials help you gain humility.
- God cannot be tempted by evil. Everything in God is good.
- God does not tempt anyone.