In Part 1 of the series, we learned that God’s purpose for life’s pressures is to make us wise.
In Part 2 of the series, we see that trials are God’s trails into tenacity and trust.
Part 3 takes us on a journey to look at pressure both positively and negatively in our lives. Pressure can take two interrelated forms, internal and external, wielding different outcomes. Many times, though, there is a one-way relationship between these forms, with external tests resulting in internal temptations from which we should flee. Are we sober and watchful enough for these circumstances?
a. Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:15-26)
b. David (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
c. Jesus (Luke 4:1-13)
WHAT WILL YOU DO
“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” – Exodus 34:14 (NIV)
The relationship between God and us is sometimes described in the Bible as akin to one between lovers, with us as His bride. Therefore, He seeks the first place in our lives.
Let us work then towards putting God first by doing the following:
Blessed are we if we are steadfast under trial and persevere when tempted, for when we have passed the test, we will receive the crown of life.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12 (ESV)