“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (Jam 1:2-4)
I am passing thru a trial right now. I consider it as a privilege. It is not just joy, but pure joy. There are so many things around that are polluted and corrupted. For me, to experience pure joy is a miracle. My joy is not diluted and not mixed with guilt. It is holy, supernatural, clean and perfect. It is the joy of Jesus! It is the joy of heaven! It is the joy of victory!
My faith is tested not because it was bad or failing but because it was strong. Jesus wants to make it stronger! I needed this trial and this testing so that I can boast of my Jesus, who is the Author and the Finisher of my faith!
I learn to be patient. I learn to persevere daily, pushing forward in the marathon of faith. I do not look at myself. I do not look at my circumstances. I look ahead and upwards. I look unto Jesus! This is my vow: I must win this crown of faith! I want to bring it at the feet of Jesus, to beautify His beautiful feet!
By God’s grace and led by His Spirit I enter the higher grace of spiritual maturity. I lack nothing for in Christ I have everything.
What a journey! The pain has become praise and the trial is transfigured into triumph!
Glory to God in the Highest!