Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
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We all Face Trials
No one likes to face trials or trouble. You don’t wake up in the morning hoping for a bad day. However, we all face troubles and trials. Right now, many of us are facing difficult times. When you face a difficult time, trial, or problem, God instructs you on how you should respond.
The Book of James Tells us to Rejoice!
For most of us, that just doesn’t make much sense. We spend our lives trying to avoid problems and difficulties. The phrase “Consider it all joy” really means consider it pure or complete joy. Don’t look at your difficulties as a punishment or a curse. James invites you to see them as opportunities for God to work.
How can you have complete joy when facing a major problem or trial?
Rejoice in the Trial, Not for the Trial
First, to clear things up a bit, James doesn’t say you should rejoice for trials but rejoice in trials. We live in a fallen world, and from time to time, we are going to face problems and difficulties.I am not talking about some “positive thinking, fake it til you make it” mindset. I’m talking about an honest response to difficult times.
Remember, any time God’s word commands you to do something, God has already empowered you to accomplish what He asks. With every command, there is a promise.
You can overflow with joy as you face trials because you know the bigger picture. God never wastes a struggle or problem you face. God doesn’t bring problems into your life, but He uses them for your good. In every trial, God uses it to develop your faith and character.
God uses problems and difficulties to test your faith. Every time your faith is tested, it becomes stronger. Faith that is not tested is useless. You don’t climb up a ladder until you have tested it to make sure it steady and will hold you. Testing grows your faith.
Faith is like gold; it can stand the test of fire. True faith, like gold, can endure the fire no matter how hot it gets.
As your faith is tested, again and again, it grows stronger and develops endurance. Endurance is the ability to stand amid difficult situations and not give up. Endurance is an expression of hope and faith.
James says you will face all kinds of trials. Each of those trials will test and strengthen your faith in different ways. As your faith is tested, you will find new strength and endurance to face the next test or trial that comes along.
In every trial, you can rejoice. God is using every difficulty to strengthen your faith and make you like Jesus.
Look at that promise again.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. – James 1:2-3
Makes these confessions:
In every trial, I can rejoice.
God uses every difficulty to strengthen and build my faith.
I don’t rejoice for the trial, but I can rejoice in the trial.
Every time my faith is tested, I grow stronger in my faith and endurance.
In Jesus name,
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