Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

 

 

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"Joy in Trials"

It’s no secret, trials come to everyone in different ways and for different reasons. Troubles come because we live in a broken and hurting world. But the good news of the Bible is that we can walk through trials with purpose.

James 1:2-3 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

It’s a pretty radical idea that we can consider hard times as a reason for joy. When we, as Christians, suffer we simply view this life as temporary and look forward to when we get to heaven. Actually, your perspective changes! 

James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” Therefore, we can face trouble with joy.

Dear Lord, You know suffering. When You brought Your Son to earth, You were despised and betrayed. Isaiah 53 says, “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”  You sacrificed Yourself for my salvation and my sins. Help me to remember You as I face the trials of my life. Build strength and endurance in me. Give me a faith that is so obviously real that people see You in me! Amen!

 

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