“Consider if pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without fault and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
“The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position because he will pass away like the wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; it’s blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, a rich man fades away even while he goes about his business.”
” 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.”
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me,” for God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone,”
Yeah! We’re memorizing James 1 and we’re almost half the way there! God is blessing our perseverance! Here’s the next verse:
“but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”
We are tempted by our own evil desires. When it’s all about us, we’re in trouble. When we’re in ‘me first’ mode, we’re off target. We’re doing what we want. We’re listening as Satan and his team whisper in our ears…..dragging us away from the truth.
Enticed. Interesting word. So I looked it up and it means to attract (someone), usually to do something, by arousing hope, interest or desire.
When we give our attention to our evil desires, they will entice us farther from God.
When we give our attention to God, he will renew our minds and transform our desires with his truth.
Our eyes are on you, Abba Father.