James 1:4 Hang In There To Be Made Complete

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

When people start out to learn to do something new, they want to be a professional at it immediately. Very few people like the idea of having to work at it, being patient while learning and growing.

With this attitude, many people will strive to cut corners in the learning and will end up short of their goal or they end up giving up because of the difficulties involved. This can be seen in every age of life and every area of life.

James encourages the believers to continue to persevere so that they may become complete and having all that they need.

Growing as a believer in Jesus is not something that is instant nor is it always easy. Going through difficult times, sets a person up to learn and grow more mature. Just as a child that is growing physically, must be patient and will go through many growing pains.

Just as in other areas of life, believers will often try to cut corners in learning to grow in Jesus to become a mature believer. Instead of persevering through prayer and study of the bible, they gloss over both, cutting many corners.

Most want to be instant large believers doing great works for God. Living as one who does great works for God, comes with slow growth and struggles. God uses difficult situations to help build the believer up.

Instead of getting frustrated, cutting corners or giving up, the believer must be willing to persevere in his training. The more God is allowed to train the believer, the more he will be able to do for God and the greater his trust in God in every way.

He will become a mature and complete believer in the end.

God will allow difficult situations to occur in your life, in order to train you to trust in Him and do what He commands. Rather than fighting God and trying to cut corners, do what God says and grow despite what is occurring.

Persevere in running hard after God and becoming like Jesus more and more. As you hang in there and don’t give up, God will make you complete and provide everything that you need for life and to be more like Jesus.

Never ever give up! Hang in there and you will make it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will persevere in the situations God brings into your life; that you will do all God commands you to do; that you will grow in maturity in Jesus; and that God will provide for all that you need so that you will never lack anything.

Hebrews 10:35 Hang In There

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35

The author of Hebrews just pointed out to the people to remember how they had endured a lot in the early days of their belief in Jesus. They had to go through much persecution, loss of property and prison, yet they had kept the faith. Now some of those people may have been starting to second guess themselves and question their belief. Jesus had still not returned, so maybe what they were believing was wrong.

Although it has been nearly 2,000 years later, people have still not changed. People turn to Jesus and live whole-heartedly for Him for a while. Then challenges start coming. At first they go through them with great faith and no problems.

But the trials keep on coming. After a time they start to question what they believe. They start to question the promises of God. Why are all the trials happening if God is such a loving God?

You may be in this boat right now. If not, there is a great chance it will come at some point.

The writer says that you are to continue on doing what God wants you to do. Don’t stop. You are to hang in there through the tough times. No matter what the problem, trial or challenge you are facing, there will come a day when it will end. It may be in this life or in heaven, but it will end.

In the end, if you hang in there doing God’s will, you will receive all the promises of God. The greatest promise is life for eternity with no sorrow, pain or suffering with Jesus and the Father in heaven! What could be greater than that?

Keep your eyes on the end prize in Jesus. Do not give up. Do not get discouraged. Keep going forward step by step.

An old saying says that a journey of a thousand miles takes place one step at a time. Keep stepping forward doing what God wants you to do and you will finish the journey some day in heaven.

I pray today that God will reveal to you what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His will; that you will know what God has promised you; and that you will be His witness in this world.