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. – James 1: 2-4 (NIV)
Many Bible verses keep me going, and when times get as tough as they’ve been for me these past few months, it’s this verse that lifts my spirits.
That nasty devil always tries to knock us down, but eventually (in my case anyway), the Lord intervenes. Although I recently lost all motivation to the point where I struggled to put words on paper, I never lost my faith. Rather than let the devil win, I prayed and spent more time than usual reading and studying God’s word. And that, my friends, is what got me through the tough times.
Once again, I refused to let the devil win, and my reward for holding on to my faith: I can’t type fast enough to keep up with all the words that have been flowing freely again. That, to me, is the greatest reward of all, because I felt lost when I wasn’t able to write as well as I usually do.
No matter what the devil does to try and knock you down, do as I did: stay strong, keep your faith and pray. Sure, you may fall a few times, but you must get back up, take a deep breath to recuperate, thank God for what you do have, and keep on truckin’. Then in due time, the Lord will take care of everything. It’s just one of the many trials we have to experience as Christians, and although those trials will be tough at times, it’s not near as bad as what Jesus endured for us.