“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
For, “Blessed in the man who remains steadfast under trial, for hen he has stood the test he will recieve the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God.” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself temps no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings death.”
For it is easy to fall away when going through hardships and troubles. We are easily mislead when we start seeking to protect ourselves rather than seeking the Lord relentlessly.
It is so important that we remain faithful to our word, to our commitments and being men and woman of our word. That we represent our King well, by being honorable in the sight of man as we stand before God.
“But above all, my brothers, do not swear either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under comdenation”
“Be patient, therefore brtohers until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, bring patient about it, until it recieves the early and the late rains. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
“I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.”
“If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’”
For it is easy to back out of promises and commitments we make. We will either find a way to escape it, cancel it or even lie to break it. We leave because of a choice we make. The Lord would not lead us to do anything that would contradict His Word.
May we abide in Him (John 15) and live to glorify the Lord as His beloveds in all we do (Colossians 3)
Our character is important, for through that, the character of our Lord Jesus can be revealed. May you stand firm in faith to the Word of God.
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferingsbecause we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us”
It isn’t easy, but we now have the strength, once we accept Lord Jesus into our hearts and recieve the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, to not struggle through our own power and might but to be led by Him through everything we face, victorious.
“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word”
2 Thessalonians 2:15-16
Our God is a God of honor and truth, may we represent Him well as showing ourselves as children of Him in all we do.
“Do everything you say or do in the name of the Lord Jesus. Always give thanks to God the Father through Christ.”