DAY 2 -- "A Woman of Faith" Devotional
Verse: "God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12 NLT
The first sentence of the devotional today states, 'Women of every generation have experienced adversity, and this generation is no different.' The same can be said for women, men, boy or girl. Each of us will face adversity and trials. However in the Bible it says (as we were reminded today in Sunday School), that although we may face trials or have troubles, the Lord will deliver the righteous from them all. "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken." (Psalm 34:18-20 NIV)
How do we become 'broken-hearted'? We choose the way to live, think and act, and sometimes by our own actions, we choose to live in bitterness and with broken hearts, so that we may receive sympathy from others. Some however do not choose to be broken-hearted, and are hurt by others, whom they have put their trust in. God however wants us broken... He wants us to come to Him as flawed creatures. He is able to take all those broken pieces, and form and re-shape us into NEW creations. NEW is 'new', it's not used, or 2nd hand material.
We also need to stop blaming God when troubles and trials come our way. Each adversity that we face, we are able to overcome it through the Blood of Jesus. We choose which way, which reaction that we will take. It is that choice that helps the outcome to be postive. As our verse above says, we need to 'endure testing'. To 'endure' means to;
verb (used with object)
1. to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo: to endure great financial pressures with equanimity.
2. to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate: I cannot endure your insults any longer.
3. to admit of; allow; bear: His poetry is such that it will not endure a superficial reading.
verb (used without object)
4. to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long as people live who love freedom.
5. to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently: Even in the darkest ages humanity has endured.
6. to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness: His plays have endured for more than three centuries.
Continuing with yesterday's message (found here), we have to do our part to receive the blessings of God. If we patiently endure testing, we will receive the crown of life that God has promised those who love Him. So first we have to be one of those that love Him. As we were reminded again today at Sunday School, we need to choose to be a 'whosoever' first. In John 3:16, as we can all quote I'm sure, it says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
CHOOSE to be a WHOSOEVER... CHOOSE TO LOVE HIM... CHOOSE LIFE... CHOOSE BLESSINGS... CHOOSE TO RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE!
PRAY - It is THAT easy...Remember, it's always as simple as A-B-C...
ACCEPT, BELIEVE & CONFESS...
Pray a simple prayer today, read my "Salvation Prayer" poem, and talk to God in your own words. No words that I could give you could be more powerful than you using your OWN words to describe your feelings to God.
Salvation Prayer Poem...
written by M. Hall 2010
Everyone knows "God loves you", how many believe it's true?
You want to have 'eternal life', here's what you should do...
ADMIT to God you are a sinner, 'cause all humans are.
REPENT from the sin, and turn away, you gotta' raise the bar.
The wages of sin, is death for sure, but God has made a way,
He sent his SON so you could live, an ETERNAL life someday.
(Romans 6:23 & John 3:16)
BELIEVE in Him, God and His Son, & Holy Spirit too,
believe that Jesus gave HIS OWN LIFE, all for me & you.
CONFESS your faith in Jesus as your Saviour and your friend
The blessings you will receive & His love will never end.
But one thing you must REMEMBER, the road itself is long
There will be STORMS, & rough spots, but He will make you Strong.
So finally one day, hopefully, after you've lived til' old
You can press on and win, your medal made of GOLD!
Be blessed, and be a blessing!