Today, as I was cleaning house, I ran across a paper from a study I did on the Book of James. I don’t know who the author is, but I am guessing it might be Beth Moore since it was a Beth Moore Bible study.
Any time you are tempted by immoral, unhealthy, unwise behavior, you have a strengthening choice or a weakening choice.
It’s about choosing the hard right over the easy wrong.
The beauthy of it is that exactly when choosing the hard right is toughest, that is exactly when your power grows.
Instead of looking at such options as a temptation to overcome, I want you to RIGHT NOW begin looking at those moments as blessed opportunities.
Think–if you make that strengthening decision just once, the pain of it will be only very brief, but the resulting strengthening will last you for years!
Say to yourself, !As I choose the strengthening behavior now, I am making myself more powerful, and my life easier, from this moment forward.”
Here’s how James said the same thing:
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1: 2-7