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Sunday, October 3, 2021

James 1:12

 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

For further study - James 1:1-12

In the passage for our devotional reading today we learn about one of the crowns we shall receive at the "Judgment Seat of Christ". It is the "crown of life," spoken of in our key verse, verse 12. The promise is that we are qualified to receive this "crown of life" if when we are tempted or tested, we endure the temptation and not yield to it. This is a great promise to each of us because each of us will face temptation in the future.

We could conclude our devotional for today, close the Bible and go away rejoicing over the "crown of life" we have coming to us. But wait, there is much more in our reading for today. Let me mention a few blessings for us in this portion of God's precious Word.

There is a way to have "joy", not happiness based upon happenings, but joy based upon Him. He says count it all joy when we are tested; we must know that this testing is for the development of our "patience". Oh how I need patience, and I want it right now!

Remember, the testing, which works out patience is for developing us into mature and complete Christians, verse 4. In addition to becoming a mature, complete Christian through testing and patience, we can receive from Him, "wisdom". All we have to do is ask Him for wisdom. He will give it to us who ask Him for it.

Have you noticed how we are prepared to receive that "crown of life" for enduring and not yielding to temptation? We start by first being confronted by temptation, which makes us patient, mature, and complete in Christ.

After He has provided for us to be prepared to face and stand up to temptation, He gives us a crown for doing what He has prepared for us to do. Our Lord is preparing and providing all we will need when we face Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ. What a wonderful Lord He is to us.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for providing a way to endure temptation and testing and the promise that I will receive a "crown of life" as I utilize what you have provided.