James 1:2-4


Competitors are wired to overcome challenges. They look at things through a different lens than the average person. What someone sees as an obstacle preventing them from moving forward, they recognize as an opportunity.

Competitors navigate through formidable boulders and conquer towering mountains, unraveling the path to success. Like Rocky Balboa’s triumph over opponents, they harness obstacles as stepping stones for growth, learning invaluable lessons and elevating themselves to greater heights.

To overcome is to triumph, and competitors relentlessly strive for nothing less than success. In a way, competitors are comparable to a phoenix. Why?

Through the heat and flames, they emerge stronger, spreading their wings to reach new heights of accomplishment and soar above the constraints that once held them back.

And just because we can overcome things doesn’t mean we still won’t face hard times. Psalm 34:19 tells us, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” This verse highlights that even though the righteous may face various challenges and difficulties in life, God is there to deliver them. The psalm emphasizes the faithfulness of God in providing protection and deliverance to those who trust in Him.

There are many other examples of righteous people in the Bible experiencing trouble. For example, think about Joseph, the son of Jacob. He didn’t have it easy at all.

Still, he demonstrated righteousness and integrity. Despite numerous hardships, including being sold into slavery by his own brothers, being falsely accused and imprisoned, and facing adversity in a foreign land, he kept the faith. Through it all, Joseph remained steadfast, and God eventually elevated him to a position of great influence and reunited him with his family.

Joseph is a great example of someone who knows how to overcome tough times. We can learn from his undaunted courage and determination to stay on God’s path.


1. Commit Psalm 34:19 to memory.



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