James 1:2-8

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

We all go through struggles in life.  There are times we are faced with extremely trying times and downright tragedy.  When we come across scripture like, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”, it almost seems comical.  But obviously, what the Holy Spirit is saying through James here is “step one” in getting through any test or trial that crosses your path.  Even when faced with extremely trying times we are supposed to “count it all joy”.

Philippians 2:14 tells us to “do all things without complaining”.  But how many times have we complained when trials came instead of counted it all joy.  I know that I have too many times.  But let’s refuse to be condemned and be determined that when the next trial hits that we will begin to praise God in the trial, not for the trial, and count it all joy!  This is step one in getting through this situation in victory.

Remember what 2 Corinthians 2:14 says.  “Now thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us in triumph in Christ.”  You may be in the middle of something right now that has stolen the expression of joy right out of you!  But, on purpose, begin right now to give God praise.  Allow the joy, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit to be stirred up on the inside of you.  The joy of the Lord is your strength!

The Third Person of the Godhead is on the inside of you right now.  You have more power on the inside of you than you will ever be able to use in your whole lifetime.  And He has fully equipped you to handle anything and everything that crosses your path.

In the next blog, I will go over more of James 1:2-8.  In the mean time I encourage you to read this portion of scripture many times and let the Lord minister to you.  You can also contact us at our ministry website and give us a prayer request.  We love you and are praying for you!!!

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