Daily Devotional – 10/1/14 “Staying power!”

It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week and you’ve made it to the beginning of a new month yet you’ve bought the same woes of last month with you. Yea, I know it was just yesterday but couldn’t you have left the mess back there? When you laid down last night couldn’t you have slept the hatred of yesterday away? When you woke up this morning couldn’t you have done so with a new attitude? Beloved, look around; you could be in the middle of a war zone, you could have to walk to get fresh water, you could have to go out in the fields to get food to eat, you could have to make the clothes you have on, you could have to borrow the shoes you have on your feet and you could be on the side of the road begging for change but you aren’t. Yes; I get it, I understand, I feel you! Things could be better, health could be healthier, children could better, finances could be fancier, car could use an upgrade, house could use a coat of paint, spouse well … but it is what it is! What now? Well, I’m glad you asked. Now you stay in your test without complaining but with praise. Yea, stay in your test because I’ve found that you can do one of two things. You can complain about your sufferings or you can praise your way through them! James 1:2-3 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” Oh but get this …James 1:4 picks up and says, “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing!”

So what if you feel like God is testing you. So what if it feels like your patience is being tested. So what if it feels like the enemy is testing every area of your life. So what if it feels like everyone around you is getting on the one nerve you had already placed in reserve; this is just your endurance growing. Baby, didn’t you just read James 1:4 that says “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing?” And if that isn’t enough (and it should be) then let me tell you this, endurance is just staying power. When it seems like the enemy has depleted your hope and you are sinking yet you haven’t drowned; that’s that staying power. When it feels like your joy is gone but you’re still smiling when you know you should be crying uncontrollable tears; that’s that staying power. When you should have been dead because man said that old feeble body of yours wouldn’t last another month but you’ve been here years; that’s that staying power. When you’ve been making it on minimum wage but your manager can’t make it on her salary; that’s that staying power. When the storm can knock out power to everybody else house but yours; that’s that staying power. It may not look like it now but this test, it’s for a purpose but you’ve got to be able to see it and you won’t if you aren’t looking through your spiritual eyes because natural eyes will miss it every time!

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