November 4, 2023

Blessed in Endurance

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”—James 1:12

“Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole,” said legendary evangelist, Billy Sunday. But he added, “Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.”

Believers can find temptation defeating, puzzling, and discouraging. But the Bible tells us being tempted doesn’t mean we have failed. Everyone faces some kind of temptation. Jesus Himself was tempted (Matthew 4:1).

Since we all will face temptations, the question is how we respond. Will we open the door to let the devil in? Will we resist (James 4:7)?

The Bible promises if we overcome these temptations, we will receive the “crown of life.” This is a symbol of the victory we can experience right now. Those who endure are overcomers, crowned with fulfillment and joy.

But to receive these blessings, we must overcome. This means recognizing when we are being tempted and not yielding, remaining steadfast and firm, and being calm and faithful.

You may go through various temptations with many challenges, questions about direction, or baffling crossroads. Being tempted doesn’t mean you have failed or that God is displeased.

Remember, God has a crown for you. But to receive this reward, you must persevere. Go through these challenges and stay faithful.

If you feel tempted, don’t give up. Remember God’s promises. Stand on His Word, and seek to endure; always trust Him.

Reflection Question: What trials are you trying to persevere through right now?

Prayer
Father, help me to stay faithful. Help me persevere and not give up. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1

Prayer
Father, help me to stay faithful. Help me persevere and not give up. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
James 1