James 1:2-10 (MSG)
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
9-11 When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.
There are things that happen to us along the way of us trying to live for God. These things are what the enemy uses to attempt to distract us away from God and those things He purposes for us. So much so, that, those people that are waiting on us, assigned to us by God, will never receive the help, the word, the deliverance, needed to save their life. We cannot step aside for one moment!
Listen, we are going to go through something, folks will leave you, lie on you, say they have got your back, they have it alright, but, with a dagger in their hands. Despite this, we cannot step aside for a moment! Even, we get in the way…it takes God along time to get rid of you. Don’t let you be the hindrance, listen, God knows how much you can bare; Scripture says, He has already made a way of escape. Know that diverse temptations are coming, purpose now to not crossover, don’t get caught up in the cares of this world. It’s easy to get caught up and messed up with family, friends, or preferred choice of habit, lust, or whatever it is that gives you that warm and fuzzy vibe.
God is looking for us to stand under pressure; the more we stand, the stronger we become. Know your enemy. Be precise in what you’re dealing with. The devil uses intense precision to attempt to trip you up. Listen, you BETTER know what God is saying about you, know what He is saying to you. Listen, a righteous man’s ways ought to be pleasing to the Lord. We should know by now, because the Holy Ghost will tell us, He will warn us when we are not pleasing to the Lord.
Temptations will be there; remember the words of Jesus, “Sin lies at the door and waits.” Stop looking to others to “spline” things; the Word says to ask God for wisdom. When you ask God, you will not be in want for nothing. He will be specific and explain everything to you. He will show you how to make proper choices. He will show how to say no to foolishness, how to turn a deaf ear, how to say nothing.
We need the kind of wisdom that will reveal Satan, his tactics and schemes against you. Listen, God will deal with the “elephant in the room.” Transitions are inevitable, like change; He will remind us that we cannot order our journey (Jer. 29:11); this wisdom brings growth. We must discern properly so that we will not be lead astray.
This is about faith. God looks at the heart and knows who lives by and in faith. Every area of our lives must be governed by faith, even those areas we don’t want to surrender. We must stop rejecting the Word. Strong faith is required for this walk. We must be committed to the things of God, this is a real walk.
Unwavering faith is unwavering confidence. God does not respond to unwavering faith, now, the devil will respond; you think you are moving with God, while in actuality, you are moving with Satan. Saints, stop being deceived – look at your life – who are you moving with…get your mind in the right place. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Listen you got to decide whether you are a Christian or not, you go to decide whether you are a Christian or not. The body of Christ should look like Christ. A single person cannot live a married life; the married person cannot be single; now, a single person can decide to marry, THEN, things must change. All the single life must be put away, whether one day or a number of years. No more instability.
Be settled. Be determined. Be committed to Christ. This will lead us to sustainability, finding ways to please and serve Him. God has given us the power of faith, wanting nothing.