Like it or not, when we give our hearts to Jesus as our Savior and surrender our will to His Lordship, we enter a battle. It’s a war for our souls. The enemy will do everything he can to pull us away from that relationship and it’s not just our actions but our affections. It involves both our will and our emotions.
This is why James pronounces a blessing on those that endure this kind of temptation or “drawing away.” The promise for those who endure, not just out of determination but out of love, is a wonderful crown of life given to us on that day of our final approval. And how are we approved? By the blood and righteousness of our Lord and Savior.
Giving my actions and affections to the Lord today,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw