Monday, January 23, 2006

Be Strong in Character
Dear brothers, is your life full of "
difficulties and temptations? Then
be happy, for when the way is rough
.your patience has a chance to grow

So let it grow, and don't try to squirm
out of your problems. For when your patience
is finally in full bloom, then you will be
ready for anything, strong in character
(.full and complete" (James 1:2-4

A friend of mine had been very successful
in business, but after he became a Christian
everything seemed to go wrong. Problem
after problem seemed to plague him. Yet
he never seemed to be discouraged or

As we counseled together, he assured me that
there was no unconfessed sin in his life. So
I rejoiced with him that God was preparing him
.for a very important responsibility in His kingdom
That is exactly what happened. He is now
the director of a very fruitful ministry for
our Lord. The problems and testing served to
help equip him to be a better ambassador
.for Christ

If you are experiencing difficulties in
your life - physical illness, loss of
loved ones, financial adversity - remember
the above admonition from God's Word. Be
happy, knowing that God will work in your
.life to accomplish His holy purpose

You can decide how you will respond to
problems and temptations - you can either
become critical and cynical, or as an act
of the will, by faith, you can choose to
believe that our sovereign, loving God is
allowing this to happen in your life for
.your own good and for His glory

Even the hairs of your head are numbered. "His
eyes run to and fro throughout the whole
earth, to shew Himself strong in
the behalf of them whose heart is perfect
toward Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV). He
is tender, loving and compassionate, concerned
.about your every need
Bible Reading: James 1:5-12

By Bill Bright 8

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