ENDURE TRIALS TO MATURE YOUR FAITH

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. James 1:12

Thought of The Day : When we overcome trials, we position ourselves for God’s blessings.

LISTEN : When we endure trials we mature our faith. As a matter of fact, trial matures our faith. It brings the best in us. When we’re tested we grow stronger and become better prepared to confront life. My dear, what you can overcome is often determined by what you can endure. That is, your capacity to endure temptation or trials will produce a champion in you. Our theme verse says,

“Blessed is the man that endures temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord has promised to them that love him.”

James 1:12

Beloved, trials mature your faith and strength (Romans 5:2-5). There’s no deserved reward without labour. Therefore, to be rewarded you must go through test and be qualified to receive the crown God has reserved for those who love Him. My dear, The crown of life is not for cowards, but for the brave. It’s for those whose faith in Christ is from start to finish. The Bible says,

For we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end
.”

Hebrews 3:14

Sadly, we tend to worry when trials come. Out of pressure, we behave rashly or go extreme in trying to achieve our aims. In desperation, regrettable decisions and actions are taken, and life becomes more miserable than it really was. My dear, be careful when hope seems to fade away. Be careful when situation pushes you real hard. If you don’t watch your thoughts when you’re desperate, you might end up in the hands of the devil. When you’re in a precarious state, learn to look unto God and not to your situations. Listen to the voice of God and not to the imaginations of your heart; and follow divine directions. Yes, you can’t miss your way when you follow divine directions (Proverbs 3:5,6). So, when you’re in trouble and the situation seems hopeless, stay calm and hopeful. No matter what, don’t take your eyes off God. When your eyes are on God your case is settled. Henceforth, endure trials to mature your faith. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. When going through a difficult situation, just remember that God cares.
2. When your situation seems hopeless, remember that God is with you and willing to help you.
3. No matter the situation don’t give up, instead, hope against hope.
4. No matter how hopeless your case might be, always avoid depression.

Prayer : Everlasting Father, You’re my peace and hiding place in times of troubles. Therefore, help me to continue to hope in You always, amen!

A Word Of Blessing : You are blessed! May the Lord bless you with peace and make a way of escape in your troubles. In Jesus’ name.

Reflection : When we’re tested we grow stronger and become better prepared to confront life.

Quote : “What you can overcome is often determined by what you can endure and keep fighting.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Moses was referred to as the most humble man in the Bible? (Numbers 12:3).

Today In History : April 29, 1862 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the first train reached a top speed of only 8 kmh (5 mph)?

Bible Quiz : What did Jezebel say to Elijah that made him ran for his life?

God bless you!