Too often I hear about Christians standing proud as they go through trial-after-trial. These people are in a mindset of “enduring” the trial rather than “persevering” through it (James 1:2-4). We all know them, they’re the people saying, “Look at me, I am so amazing and awesome that the devil keeps attacking me!”
They’ve partnered with a “spirit of self-pity” and have a “victim mentality” which is extremely dangerous to embrace because this takes the person’s focus off of God and puts their attention on themselves, the enemy, his tactics and glorifies all three instead of God. People with a “victim mentality” seem to always be on the lookout for their next “big trial to endure,” taking the focus of everyone they share their “trial” with off of God and onto themselves and the enemy. These people lavish in the attention (sympathy) they receive with each heartbreak or letdown rather than persevering through each trial and celebrating the victories. Although God will use trials to grow and strengthen a person, making a spectacle of yourself or a trial rather than pursuing the victory God wants for you, glorifies Him in no way.
Christians need to stop “enduring” the trials that they should be “persevering” through. Be encouraged today that you are fully equipped.