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. Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.
James is encouraging us to keep the right perspective when we are going through. Whatever we are going through,….even this enemy COVID-19. It’s vital to remember that God is not trying to trip us up or catch us in a trap when life gets difficult. So remember this, even when times are hard that your thoughts have to be put in check. You and I can’t allow our days to be messed up by thinking wrong. Stay in your Word and in the company of people who have more wisdom and depth than you and you won’t go wrong. This is why community and support is vital to your healing and advancement. Those who take their relationships and those who they give access to casually are opening themselves up to unnecessary trouble and warfare. This kind of mindset will get you off your game. I love the part of this text that says, “Don’t get thrown off course.”
Who needed to hear that today? There are so many ways the enemy tries to throw us off course. Sometimes its by way of our family and friends. Some relationships become the doorway for us to become distracted, apathetic and unclear of our real purpose. If you find it easy to become consumed with other people’s problems, low living and drama then this message is for you. James says one other really important thing in this scripture that I absolutely love when he said “God is not two faced!” He is not like some people I know who say one thing in your face and another thing when you walk away. God is stable and it is encouragement to us as His children to remain stable and confident, trusting in Him to carry us through whatever we are going through today and in the future while putting into action practices that align with the life He desires for us.
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