Apr 16, 2013
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42 Jackie Robinson – The Movie-in Theaters April 12th

42JackieRobinsonVictory beyond Adversity…

    James 1:2-4, 12    

Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

12 Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.

For so many the idea of victory is based on some invisible score board filled with perceived wins and losses and the idea of success is based on popularity or the number of votes we can secure. Additionally in today’s world of instant gratification we are so often result and outcome focused that we miss the rich lessons that are to be learned during the process and are at times even willing to compromise right for wrong all in the name of creating the most attractive outcome.

However according to James 1:12 obtaining victory is not based on a points system but rather on the ability to remain steadfast in the face of opposition. The victor is the one who can maintain strong character and hold onto their convictions even when doing so may cost them time, money and popularity. The victor not only finishes the race but does so in a manner that is honorable.

As a believer what are some of the challenges to achieving victory in your life and what are some methods that you have found successful in addressing those challenges?

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