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James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abBeloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:road: Greetings. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, – James 1:1-2Expect trials. It is a matter of when, not if. Grow through them.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. – 1 Peter 4:12Christianity doesn’t mean immunity. We won’t live free from trials. We won’t live free from bad things just because we are Christians.
Everyone responds to trials.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. – James 1:2Some responses are negative. When something terrible happens, sometimes we respond negatively. We might say curse words, gossip about someone who has offended us, blame God for the death of a loved one or a terrible accident. There are all sorts of ways we might respond negatively, but the Bible tells us to “consider it all joy.”
These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. – John 15:11Worship God IN our trials. Look ahead. Long for Heaven.
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. – Psalm 16:11
Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10
Every trial has a purpose.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:3-4
We experience trials:
to make us strong.
to grow us.
to clarify our life.
to humble us.
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