#27 [endurance] Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented 2018
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." -James 1:2-4 (ESV)
“Then she discovered the llama—the aggressive, funny-looking, afraid-of-nothing llama...’Llamas don’t appear to be afraid of anything,’ she said. ‘When they see something, they put their head up and walk straight toward it. That is aggressive behavior as far as the coyote is concerned, and they won’t have anything to do with that... Coyotes are opportunists, and llamas take that opportunity away.’“
Apparently llamas know the truth of what James writes: “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (4:7). The moment we sense his attack through temptation is the moment we should face it and deal with it for what it is.
When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days with no food, the devil tempted him. Some of us, after only a few hours of no food are ill as hornets. I can’t even imagine 40 days without anything. Only the Holy Spirit can provide such perseverance through an experience that intense. Despite all that, even when He was tempted He was filled up with the Word. He held his head high and didn’t give in to the devil’s crazy wiles. Because He remained in the Word, he took that opportunity of temptation away.
We too have that ability if we stay filled up. There’s never any reason that we should ever be spiritually famished. He’s given us everything we need!