LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JAMES 1:12 (NIV)
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
10 KEYS BEFORE YOUR CROWN .
1.Faith - your faith will be tried with fire .At times we get weary with the process .lol. but it is all part of God's plan to work it out for our good . Psalm 105:19(ESV)" until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him."at the end of the day , he was the prime minister of Egypt . correct!! . before the crown your faith will be tested, so don't give up now !
2.Patience - hmm...the quickest way to pass this test , is by learning to become patient on time and just enjoy the ride . If not you will always find yourself complaining . Roms 15:5 "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:"
3.Self control - Key- love is not easily provoked . lol..they will provoked you believe me . but get the key before the crown ...God would not want to put His power /blessings in the hands of someone who is always easily provoked by the enemy , It will be too risky for the Kingdom , as Satan will take advantage of it .2 Cor 2:11(NIV)"in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.""
4.Endurance - lol. your endurance level will be tried also before the crown . It strengthens your spirit and brings you into spiritual maturity .Jesus our Master endured His on the cross . so painful . So ours will also be tested .But here is the key to our endurance .Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)"but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
5.Trust - hmm.. every class you fail you repeat ."personal experience" . your trust in Him at all times must be constant . Is good , because it gives your faith a good platform to shoot up very high .Mark 11:22(Amp)".And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]."
6.Hospitality - your ability to accommodate people when it is not convenient , will also be tried . Is like saying how well can you handle the blessings when it is finally given to you . Are you going to chase the poor out of your house when they come to your door step for help ?. Key - if you are not faithful in small ..how will you be faithful in much. Luke 16:10(Amp)"He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much."
7.your ability to wait on God - how well you can wait on God will also be tried . waiting has its own teaching . There is a level of trust you get to , that you say to your self "I will wait" confidently ". Why? trust has being tried to produce the desired result to wait confidently for it . Roms 8:25(Amp)"He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much."
8.your Love for God will be tried before the crown - How well can you give to God what you love to keep ? hmm..you must pass this test o . God loves them that love Him . period! Prov 8:17(Amp)" I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me."
9.Giving - how well you can give to God , when it comes to the things of God . His house , brethren and many more . If you are not a giver , you cannot be trusted with the crown . Acts 20:35b"it is more blessed to give than to receive ." says it well .
10.Forgiveness - We all have issues with forgiveness , because of the pain people have cause us. loving people who are too hard to love .lol . but the key is still the same . The word cannot change . forgive like Jesus said 70x 70 .hmmmm ..but I discovered , whatever Jesus teaches , there is always a lesson to learn from it . Is not going to bring you down , but stabilise your spiritual life for the better .That also will be tried "very important" . Why? Jesus did it on the cross , when it was so painful . Luke 23:34(Amp)"And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they divided His garments and distributed them by casting lots for them."
Prayer : Father give me the grace to pass through my trials in Jesus name , Amen.
you will make it in Jesus name , Amen.!