Let Faith Remain Strong

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – (James 1:12, NIV)

Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. – (James 1:12, MSG)

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! – (James 1:12, TPT)

Life is full of trials, challenges and difficulties. We can either persevere and place our faith in Christ, or we can fold under the weight the world wields our way. God is faithful as we trust in Him. Our experiences during the struggles help our hearts recognize the beautiful blessings that He has for us as we remain in Him. Not only do we have hope for eternity, but we have hope for the here and now. No matter what lies before us, Christ has promised to be with us, if only we choose to let Him in. Some of my greatest blessings have come after struggling and trusting God through my darkest days. I would not recognize the true joys I have been given, if it were not for the times where He walked beside me in the difficult and painful. We are blessed as we persevere. May we ever seek the Lord in faith, trusting that He is who He says He is, and will do what He promises He will do. 

Blessed are the ones,

Who choose persevere;

Through trials they face,

Trusting God is near.

Ever He’s present,

To give strength and peace;

We must keep trusting,

For He holds the keys.

Keys to our freedom,

The doors to all grace;

Life in abundance,

As we seek His face.

Allow His love in,

No matter what comes;

His promises stand,

‘Til our time is done.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are blessed as we persevere through trials trusting in You. Thank You that You are faithful to Your promises, for You grant us help and hope every day that we draw breath. Forgive us for the times that we have lost sight of the truth of who You are and how You love. Teach us to turn in trust to You through all times. Show us how to love, support and encourage all those around us, in the same way that You do for us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You through the trials and praise You for Your presence and blessings that lie before us each new day. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

Meditate on What Matters

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2

Our minds are meant to meditate on God and His ways, rather than on the wicked ways of the world.

Where our heart dwells, determines what will be displayed as we walk out our days, both before God and our brethren.  When our eyes, hearts and minds hold onto Him and His ways, there is a distinct difference that separates us from our sinful selves.  We are empowered and equipped to walk upright before Him, and shine His light brightly before everyone we encounter.

However, when our focus falters and we allow ourselves to get sucked into sin, or immerse ourselves into environments of darkness, our resolve to remain in our Redeemer becomes ruined.  Though we are in the world, we need not be of the world.

Our gaze, our focus, our very foundation is formed based on where we make our mind dwell.  When my morning begins before my Beloved, even my breathing reminds me of the blessings beheld in each brand new day.  If my day is chaotic, and I bypass beginning my day with my heart and mind before Him, it seems it is easier to succumb to the ways of the world.  Standing in the midst of unkind utterings, rather than either speaking out to stop it, or step away, I seem stuck.  I need Him – His thoughts, His ways, in the forefront of mind to stand firm and be a light before men (and women).

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the very One above on whom we are to focus our minds, as we move deeper in our faith in You.  Thank You that as we do, we find freedom from fruitless things, and are better able to walk away from wickedness, and wield the weapons of faith.  Forgive us for allowing our eyes, ears and hearts to behold anything other than that which is good and pleasing to You.  Keep us from becoming ensnared in earthly things, and allow our hearts and minds to hold only that which encompasses eternal value.  May our faithful obedience lead the lost to Your loving light.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present