When you are going through multiple problem in your life, the last thing you want to hear is “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kind…” (James 1:2)
That is just not what we want to hear, but the Lord knows that is what we need to hear.
The enemy desires to deceive us into staggering in self-pity like a drunken person. He wants to see us crying and moaning, “That’s not fair. Look at how much I’m going through.”
Do not be tricked. Instead of hosting a self-pity bash, go on and change the theme of your party. Make it a Biblical celebration between you and the Holy Spirit.
Start by acknowledging your trials. Say, “Yes, I don’t have enough of this or that. Yes, my spouse is acting like such and such. Yes, I don’t feel like doing this or that. Yes, those people have slandered my name. Yes, I messed up. But Lord, I repent. I change my mind. Now I know that these challenges are here to test my faith and to fill me with perseverance (James 1:3). Therefore, I rejoice in the Lord!”
See, when we are being bombarded with endless problems, the enemy tells us that we cannot make it and encourages us to quit. On the other hand, James reminds us that as our faith is being tested, perseverance is generated.
What is perseverance? Perseverance means persistence in doing something regardless of difficulty or delay in accomplishing success.
Did you see that? The more setbacks we face, the more determined, firm, insistent, and resolved we become. However, this will only happen after we cancel our pity parties.
So, the next time the enemy mocks us because of the difficulties in our lives, we can boldly declare, “Praise the Lord! My faith is being tested and perseverance is growing inside of me. This means I will never give up. I will endure every challenge because I have dedication, endurance, persistence, stamina, steadfastness, tenacity, purposefulness, durability, and purposefulness in the name of Jesus!”
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