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.

 In the last blog we talked about counting it all joy when you fall into various trials.  When we face trials the first thing we should do is count it all joy.  Easy to type, much harder to actually do!  But the Holy Spirit through James told us to do this.  And with the command comes the ability to do the command.  We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

 James 1:2-3 is one sentence.  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  Step two in the test is, “we are to know something”.  Know that patience will be produced out of this.  But I must not neglect step one.  Joy!  The joy of the Lord will be your strength in this trial.  And it’s not about feelings.  Open your mouth with words of joy and not complaint.  And keep in mind step two while your doing this.  You know that your faith is being tested and it is producing patience.

 Patience is not just putting up with something.  It means to be consistently constant.  It means that no matter what comes your way you are not moved.  You don’t lose it.  Anger doesn’t get the best of you.  Grief is not allowed to set in.  Depression can’t find a way in to your soul.  You stay on God’s Word concerning your situation and refuse to be swayed off of the Word. 

 In times of testing it is critical what we allow to come out of our mouths.  Take the Word of God concerning your situation and speak that instead of speaking the problem or test.  Give praise and worship to the Lord!  Right in the middle of the test lift your voice to God and know patience is being produced in you right now!

 If you have a prayer request or praise report contact us by email here on our website.  I will join my faith with yours and I believe we will get results because God is good and He answers prayer.  And I would love to hear from you about what God is doing in your life and be able to praise God with you.  We love you and are praying for you every day!


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