by Tammy Phillips
March 6, 2021
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4 NKJV)
I watched, 41-year-old, Nik Wallenda, walk on an 1,800-foot long, one-inch-thick, wire stretched across Nicaragua’s active Masaya Volcano. He praised God and preached about overcoming fear, as he walked. When he stepped onto the tightrope, he had a choice to walk by faith in the Spirit or to walk in fear in the flesh and try to do it on his own. He chose to walk by faith. He praised God all the way across the mouth of the volcano He overcame his fear and had a successful walk in which he gave God all glory.
Temptation knocks at our door daily, if not more often. IT IS JUST PART OF LIFE! As temptation knocks and whispers in our ears, we have to decide which path to take, fear or faith, flesh or spirit.
When we choose to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, instead of forging ahead on our own, James states we should do 2 things:
- Count it all joy.
I don’t know about you, but that is not what MY flesh says.
If we are to count it all joy when temptation comes knocking what does “count” mean? The Greek word is hēgeomai, which means to be a leader; to rule, to have authority over; a royal Governor, a prince of regal power; to consider and to think.
We are to imitate God! In Genesis 18:4, I see our Dad laughing back at Sarah and saying, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” He wants us to laugh in the face of trials!
We are to rule with all joy over tribulations. We are to be royal GOVERNORS that should not be a stretch. (Let’s go Govs!) We are to step into our God given authority and reign. We should think like queens and act like queens. We should never let our flesh, nor the enemy rattle our crowns.
- Know our faith is going to be put on trial which will result in patience.
Patience! Remember? The Greek word for patience is hypomonē, which means steadfastly waiting; constancy; cheerful and hopeful endurance. It is the temper which does not easily succumb under suffering. It is self-restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong. It is bearing bravely. Patience is PERSEVERANCE! Patience is standing under and under-standing in the wait.
The working of patience brings us closer to perfection and closer to looking and acting like our Royal Heavenly Father and King of Kings!
I enCOURAGE you to laugh out loud at your trials and royally reign over them. Be resolute in your quest for perfection.