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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today's Verse : James 1:12


January 12, 2012

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.
-- James 1:12
This beatitude comes from Jesus' brother. He had experienced it
and not just taught it! James knew it was worth "hanging in" and
"hanging on" when his faith was under attack. He affirmed that God
loves us and that he has made incredible promises about what lies
ahead for us. He knew that eventually our period of testing would
be transformed into a time of great blessing. James wants us to
know that God longs to bless us with life! After all, that's why he
sent Jesus. (cf. John 10:10)
Dear LORD and Father, thank you for all those times that you
strengthened me when I was under attack and sustained me when I was
weary and ready to quit. Write "perseverance" deep within my soul
and give me a spirit of tenacity so that I might serve you no
matter what the outward circumstances of my life may be. In the
mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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