Plea for Grace

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James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Not blessed is the man who has trials — blessed or looked upon with favor am I when I persevere under trial.  When I just keep  faithfully going even when the going is tough, even when there is no end in sight to the desert.

Look what is at the end.  Standing the test — I will see that God was faithful; He brought me through; He didn’t forsake me.  Lord, I love you — not because of the gifts you give me, but because You are there.  You don’t leave when it gets tough.  You don’t put me in trials just to see me suffer.  You show me that I can trust You; You will be there.  I can keep going because I”m not alone.  And You will be there at the end, with open arms, saying, “come to me, my beloved child.  Enter into my rest.”

Ephesians 6:10-11 ” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Many times the “finally” statements come at the end of a speech or letter.  That may seem like a ridiculous statement — of course “finally” comes at the end — but when someone says that “finally” word, the meaning is pay attention; don’t tune me out; I’m summing up what I think is really important that I want you to remember if you remember nothing else.

The summary statement that God wants us to know is that there is definitely at battle.  Our enemy is crafty and ruthless.  We need to dress in full armor if we are going to engage in battle with the enemy of our souls.

Do I live life as though I am entering battle against a crafty, ruthless enemy?  Do I consciously dress in full battle gear?  Do I care as much about dressing for spiritual battle as I do about what clothes I will wear today, how I will fix my hair, or even what shoes will be the most comfortable?

Lord, these questions push me far out of my comfort zone.  I know that the spiritual battle is furious and dangerous.  I know You will be victorious.  But You still tell me to dress in full armor so that I can stand against the enemy.  Father, I want to be as serious about my time I spend with You as I am about my time spent in front of my closet, in front of my bathroom mirror.  In fact,

may I determine to put on the helmet of salvation when I brush my hair.  May I determine to use my tongue for Your purposes and control what I say and when I say it as I brush my teeth.  As I dress, may I put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.  May I determine that I will be honest and seek to do good to others. As I put on my shoes, may I determine to stay in step with where You are working, and not to stray away from You and go my own way.

Thank you, God, for supplying the armor that I need to stand against the enemy.  You are the Savior of my soul.  I am so grateful to You.


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