I want to encourage you today out of James 1:2, “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. Let perseverance finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” The Bible says that we can be mature and complete, not lacking anything. I mean, that’s the closest thing to perfection, which is just leading to Him and letting whatever is going on right now in your life that may be testing you. Let it form the fruit that it wants to form, right?
So you’re like a tree right now, and you’re getting rooted and you’re waiting, and you’re about to push through the ground to become this beautiful tree. So you’re mostly like a seed right now. You’re about to push the ground to become the tree. But the pushing part, right? You’re like, why am I pushing? And it says right here that, don’t worry, get excited if you’re facing trials, that’s exciting. This seed is now becoming a tree. It just doesn’t feel like it or look like it right now. But it says, if you let it “finish its work”, verse four, if you “let it finish its work, that you may be mature and complete.” So you want to be mature, you want to be complete, you want to be in full bloom? Let it do its work. It’s coming.
So I want to pray for you for that to happen for you. God, I pray for my friend. I pray that my friend feels this when they’re going through a really hard time when they don’t understand why it’s taking so long, when they don’t understand why the push is so hard. When they don’t think you’re there anymore, they think you walked away. Remind them that the testing of their faith produces perseverance, which is an amazing, beautiful fruit to have in the rest of their life. I pray this over them in Jesus’ Mighty Name, encourage them and fill them with love. Amen.
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