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COUNT IT ALL JOY

October 7, 2016

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers (manifold) temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2-3 KJV)

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort, or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. (James 1:2-3 AMP)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your face develops perseverance. (James 1:2-3 NIV)

On today, most of us are facing obstacles that are causing problems in our lives and there are some of us that probably feel like we are on overload. Some of us feel like we will never get to the end of the tunnel, some of us are mad at the persons that are causing us grief and still others are mad at God for allowing them to experience pain. Many of us can attest to the old saying, “If it is not one thing it is another.” However, all of our trials and pain are part of the life experience.

Knowing this, God inspired James to write about what the attitude and action of believers should be when they are going through. Above, using various translations, I shared his admonishment about what our attitude should be when we are in hard times. As you see, this scripture encourages us to handle problems with jubilance and expect that our character is being worked on while faith, endurance, patience and perseverance are being developed.

Some of you may feel that people just don’t understand your mental, physical and emotional anguish. Knowing this, God inspired Paul to share in 2 Corinthians 11:23 – 27 & 2 Corinthians 12:10 portions of his life. He says, “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool [as one beside himself]) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prison more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen [Gentiles], in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness [labor] and painfulness [travail] in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often in cold and nakedness,” and “Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul’s life appears arduous, yet we do not see him complaining but glorying in his sufferings and that same strength that Paul received is available to all of us.

Yes, none of us wants to experience discomfort but God at this time has deemed it part of the life process. There is something to be gained, there is a great testimony in the making, and Christian maturity is being generated. So, don’t fret or be depressed by your trials but joy in them and maybe even welcome them for they can make you into what God wants you to be.

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