Thursday, December 2, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which he promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

Thought of The Day : Enduring temptation brings enduring blessings and fellowship with God.

LISTEN : When God allows a test He offers a promotion. Beloved, you can overcome temptations no matter what! I have heard people who experienced temptations prayed never to experience it again. My dear, your prayers should not be not to experience temptation, but not to be overcome by it. Temptations will always come, but be prepared to overcome it. What is temptation? In the Bible, the word temptation primarily denotes a trial in which man has a free choice of being faithful or unfaithful to God; only secondarily does it signify enticement or seduction to sin. As believers, it’s good for us to be tried, because trial brings blessings. My dear, don’t resent temptation. It’s important that you’re tempted because, temptation gives you the opportunity to grow. Besides, when you overcome temptation you attract the crown of life on your head. That is, God will bless you when you endure and overcome temptations. Not only would you be blessed in this life, but also in eternity. Our Bible verse says, 

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for …he will receive the crown of life…”

James 1:12

My dear, temptation is an opportunity for you to be divinely promoted; enduring temptation brings enduring blessings and fellowship with God. But it all depends on what you do when you’re tempted. Beloved, never fall to the tricks of Satan when you face temptation; rather, determine to resist him and stay committed to God. When temptation comes, it leaves you with two options: to be faithful to God, or be unfaithful to Him. With the pressure, suffering and pains that come with temptation, it is easier to fall than to stand; and easier to disobey God than to obey Him. Beloved, when you’re tempted, it’s not a time to quit your faith in Christ Jesus, but a time to demonstrate your unalloyed loyalty to God. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Learn to endure temptation by studying the word of God.
2. Meditate in the word of God to guide your behaviour towards life.
3. When you are tempted, turn the temptation into an opportunity for your promotion.
4. When sinners entice you, determine to resist them by the word of God.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, You’re my God. Help me to endure and overcome temptation when I am tried, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : May God strengthen you against temptation. And may you endure and overcome, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : He who hates to be tried can hardly grow or gain promotion.

Quote : “Wise men never trust what has not been tried, for they know that trial exposes the validity of every claim.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know a total of 70 people followed Jacob to Egypt? (Genesis 46:27).

Stunning Fact : Did you know reindeer like bananas?

Bible Quiz: How many times did Naaman dip himself in Jordan river to be healed of leprosy?

God bless you

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