Monday, March 23, 2009

2009 Lenten Prayer and Devotional Guide

March 22

 

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  (James 1:4)

 

James identifies “perseverance” as the key to perfection. In chapter 1, verses 2 and 3 he says, “When troubles come your way consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your perseverance has a chance to grow.” In contemporary society perseverance is a trait that is valued. We hold up those who have suffered from afflictions for all to see and commend. We measure men based on their ability to survive in a crisis. BUT—do we give God the glory? Do we humbly bow and acknowledge that without Him we are nothing? –OR—do we do take the praise as if we accomplished a great thing alone?  [Written by: Tammy]

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