PERSERVERE UNDER TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS
12Blessed 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.
1: 12 Temptation comes from evil desires inside us, not from God. It begins with a sinful thought and then becomes a sinful action when we dwell on the thought and allow it to affect our behavior. Like a snowball growing as it rolls downhill, sin grows more destructive the more we let it have its way. The sooner you stop a tempting thought or desire, the easier you can control it, before it takes control of you. (For more about escaping temptation, see Matthew
1: 12 In the same way the victory wreath was given to winning athletes, God blesses those who patiently endure adversity for his sake with the crown of life (see 1 Corinthians 9: 25). God’s crown of life means living with him forever, not getting glory and honor on earth. To be in God’s winner’s circle, keep on running toward him. As you do, you will grow in your relationship with him and stay faithful even under pressure.
Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and know that learning to deal with trials and temptations the stronger our faith becomes and the easier it becomes to have total faith in JESUS to control our responses to those trials and "having stood the test will we receive the crown of life promised to us who love him"
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