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Study Series: JAM
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4; NASB)
Standing on the shore of suffering we are confronted with a choice - to ride out the wave (be it ever so immense), or to fight against it as it seeks to overcome and overpower our very being. To ride it out, to yield to its sovereign allowance, will surely jar us to and fro leaving us a bit shaken, weakened by its turbulent power. Yet in the end when the wave subsides and returns to a calm, we will be strengthened as we are left standing - His power perfected in our weakness. (See 2 Corinthians 12:9) Fighting it as it crashes all around us will leave us struggling to stay upright as it seeks to devour by throwing us down with its tremendous force. Beaten and bruised, will we be able to get back up? So count it all joy - consider it joy - let it be an opportunity for joy. Choking words when the thunderous waves are slapping us in the face in rampant succession. Can we find the strength to handle the next? Will we endure should the current pull us back in again? How does one let endurance have its perfect result? Looking out over the horizon as the waves charge intrusively onward, seize the opportunity to make a choice before the wave breaks. Will you be left standing?
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in
the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm
therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS
WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in
addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF
SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.