July 27

July 27, 2018 // Devotional+Holiness in High Country

Read: James 1:12-18

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: far when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him (James 1:12).

God Has A Purpose

Our text may appropriately be read, “Blessed is the sanctified man that endureth temptation.” It is not the will of God that any of His children should succumb to the tempter and fall into sin. But it is equally clear that God allows these temptations to come to us (yes, even after we have been sanctified wholly), and He will continue to allow them as long as we live. Jesus

reminds us, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John 16:33).

When we are tempted it is not because there is something wrong with us, or with our experience of entire sanctification. It is because something is right! God allows temptation to come, not because He can’t prevent it, but because He plans to use it for our good and for His glory. Divine love has good purposes to bring to pass in our lives through testing.

If we look upon our temptations as evidences that God does not care, we fail to trust Him. If we fear that He cannot give us victory over our tests, we shall never become stalwart Christians. We fall into despair over temptations only when we do not see God’s purpose in them. When we fret about our trials, and resent them, to that extent we reject God’s plan for us to grow strong through testing. If on the contrary we can see God’s hand at work in the pressures of the sanctified life, and if we can trust Him to give us victory, we shall be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” It is for this victory that God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer For Today

Father in heaven, teach me that temptations are to be faced and not feared. Help me always to remember that You filled me with your Holy Spirit, not to save me from pressure, but to make me strong in the midst of it. Amen.

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