Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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James begins with trials and here are 3 promises that can get you through your day-every day! We not only frequently use these for ourselves, but we also share these with people everywhere with great success! Let’s walk through each one briefly. You’ve seen them before, however, this time, embrace them for yourself.
The Promise of the Process-Romans 8:28…And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to Hispurpose.
This takes time to unfold.God will take all of our failures, crises and circumstances and work them together with something else for our good. “Together” is the operative word. The loss of a loved one is not good in itself, but God will cause this loss to work together with something else to bring about good. Divorce is not good. An addiction is not good. A disease is not good, BUT GOD intervenes and uses it to bring about good in your life.
The Promise of Perseverance-I Corinthians 10:13…No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
This promise is the most important ingredient when going through difficult times.When your life situation seems insurmountable like you are facing a high mountain range that blocks you from getting through it, God offers you a mountain pass. Note this is not a bailout, but it is the escape provided so that you will be able to get through it (endure it).
The Promise of Permanence-Philippians 1:6…For I amconfident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
This is a welcome sight for those of us who struggle within a temporal world system.Paul expresses his confidence to the believers in Philippi that what God began in their experience (in their hearts) He will complete. And He will complete it in this life up until Jesus returns. This is an amazing earthly promise, not in the sweet by-and-by, but in the nasty now-and-now. RIGHT HERE…RIGHT NOW!