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.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Stop glorifying your struggles
“When you are in the valley you don’t need sympathy, you need strength.”
- Start identifying God as your SOURCE for EVERYTHING
Every good and perfect gift is from above.
- Stop CLINGING to your PAST
“Sometimes you have to let go of something GOOD to get to something GREAT!”
- Start giving your effort to GOD’S PLAN rather than YOUR PAST.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Stop letting your DESTINATION dictate your JOY
- Start finding JOY in the JOURNEY by looking at JESUS
Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.