LOYALLY IN LOVE
“I see the tree standing tall and brave as the sun scorches the very life out of it. Its leaves wither, joining the drying bark in total surrender. Still, the tree stands tall, season after season, teaching its roots to march to depths unseen, in anticipation of the days of bloom….”
Before we go on, pause for a minute. Ask the Lord to speak to you in His own way through these words. Thank Him for the season that you are in. Good or bad. His banner over you is Love.
Now, take a reading stroll with me through today’s anchor text:
James 1:12 TPT
[If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!]
Difficult times happen to all of us. They come with extra pressure, threatening to burst through the sanity of our beings. I have crumbled on many days like this, complaining and murmuring and wishing it all away. Let’s see what James had to say about these kind of times.
•IF YOUR FAITH REMAINS STRONG, EVEN WHILE SURROUNDED BY LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES….
Faith is the absolute trust in God. It’s easy to say I have faith when everyday comes with extra sweet sunshine and credit alerts. James said “even while surrounded by life’s difficulties”. That means, your faith can be strong even when the waters are rising and your feet is slipping. The absolute trust that even here, God will take care of you, hold your hand and rescue you, no matter how long it takes, must rise above all else.
•YOU WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE THE UNTOLD BLESSINGS OF GOD….
Growing up,I used to think God’s blessings came only in the big things. Oh, a new car! Or a new house!. Now I know that while these things are blessings in themselves, God’s blessings also show up in the minutest of ways.
The strength to go through a tough day, having little or no money but yet you feed quite okay, being alive and well, having a family, good friends, and so on.
The presence of God with us even in difficult times is a blessing that cannot be taken for granted.
God said in Isaiah 41:10;
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
To have faith is to “fear not”. So we say it this way: “Have faith! I am with you!”
•TRUE HAPPINESS COMES AS YOU PASS THE TEST WITH FAITH….
Here we see that your faith in God takes you through every test. The one who has faith in God is always joyful. They know who their God is and how able He is to deliver them and keep them.
I sadly admit that I have compromised in hard times just to find that “peace” and “happiness”. And it cost me. Instead of finding peace, I drowned in seas of guilt and I kept wishing I had held on stronger.
I have also noticed that the times I relied on God through a hard time, the joy and growth I experienced strengthened me even more.
Strength rises as you keep your faith alive.
•…AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THE VICTORIOUS CROWN OF LIFE PROMISED TO EVERY LOVER OF GOD.
This is my favorite part of today’s text. The Message Translation brings it home:
“….For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”
James 1:12b MSG
When you decide to stand strong in your faith, choosing to trust His able hand as you go through each day, seeking to let your life speak of Him even when times get scorching hot and difficult, even when the questions rise and doubt dares, even then,
You are loyally in love in God.
And the one who is loyally in love with God will in due time, receive his reward.
God rewards faith!
[The reward is more and more life; MSG]
[The victorious crown of life; TPT]
Abraham was a man who was loyally in love with God. Even when God had promised and he had not yet seen, he chose to believe God.
We all know how God rewarded him.
Your love for God isn’t just when you lift your hands in worship and say “Father, I love you”. It is that and more.
How much you love God shows also in the decisions you make in the worst of times.
Like the tree I started with….
“Now the rains have come and the leaves stand green with a bark so deep and brown, this tree will grow still;
Because it knows of the roots that still march downwards;
Of the days it spent trusting;
And the nights it kept waiting.
So even if the seasons come and go again;
Scorching sun, blazing wind, heavy rains and quiet days,
This tree will stay loyally in love;
With the seasons now and then.”
I’ll like you to take a while and talk to the Father with me. We all have the hard times of testing and difficulties. We have, at some point, crumbled under pressure. Ask Him to strengthen you. To keep you loyally in love with Him as you go through life everyday. To strengthen your faith in Him.
We say this prayer in faith and with joy in our hearts as we stay loyally in love with God, standing firm, even on the hard days.
In Jesus name,Amen!
Thank you for reading today’s part with me. It’s always a delight to share these truths with you. God’s word brings life!
If you are going through a hard time, remember that God says He’ll never leave you. Stay loyal! He is forever loyal to His word.
If you have not given “Loving Jesus” a thought, this is the time because you can’t go through life without Him.
Leave a message here or send me an email(firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’d love to speak and pray with you. God desires to take you through life with His strength and grace if you’ll only let Him.
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Until next part,
KEEP YOUR FAITH STRONG,
STAY LOYALLY IN LOVE WITH GOD.
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