November 23
'You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’ Hebrews 10:36
Bible reading: James 1:2-8 (Go to the Bible passage)
In the Bible, the word of God, a lot is spoken about perseverance. Not the perseverance of the flesh, but the perseverance that is a fruit of the Spirit, the perseverance of faith.
To many people, faith – belief - is something indefinite. When we are not entirely sure about something, but do not want to outright reject it, we use to say: ‘Well, I believe so.’
How little do we know of perseverance of faith! What this means, we read in Hebrews 11. Are we willing to learn from God what it is to persevere in faith? Then the Bible passage of today is a good introduction to this education. ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’
Among many people, faith has become something very self-centered, and therefore completely powerless. When we long for the kingdom of God to break through in our lives - and through our lives in the world around us too - then we first need to be strengthened in our faith, and this can only happen trough testing and trials. Perseverance is one of the deep secrets of a truly victorious life. But a truly victorious life does not seek victory for itself, but for king Jesus! Who seeks victory for himself has not yet been redeemed from the deepest root of all sin: self-centeredness. Who seeks victory for himself and wants to be flawless as an end in itself, is not willing to be tested, let alone that he will be joyous about it.
But who puts his heart and soul in serving Jesus, is willing to be molded for the sake of the great battle for victory.

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