Jonathan Lim
I am a youth pastor serving in the middle east working to be a better expositor of God's word
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How can I rejoice in Suffering?
James 1:1-27
We must rejoice in our sufferings because God has a glorious purpose and aim for our suffering.
Published October 1st, 2018; Updated October 1st, 2018
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It is so easy in the midst of our trials in life to fear not knowing what to do... to fear the loss of earthly treasures or even to blame God for it all. James reminds us and encourages gives us a different response. James instead calls us to rejoice in our trials. Why? Why should anyone ever rejoice in our trials? Well, we can rejoice because God is sovereign and in control and has a purpose for our trials. So we can rejoice in them knowing that God is using them for our good and joy. God is using them to make us more like our savior. God is using them for us to be a better and brighter display for his glory! Therefore in the midst of trials, we don't lose hope but find great comfort, joy, and strength in hearing from God in his word. And we have the privilege of seeing God's work in our lives through suffering as he forges us into a people who Love more compassionately and who are more holy and distinct in from the world.
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Rejoice in trials knowing that God is sovereign and powerful to use them in our sanctification through his word.
James 1:1-27
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
From James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. I write to you the true people of God spread through out the world.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds,
Rejoice even in the midst of difficulty knowing that God will use it all for your sanctification.
for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Because your trials are not pointless... But are used to grow you in your Christlikeness
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
So If you lack wisdom and you don't know what to do or how to understand the difficulty you are in. Ask God in prayer knowing that He freely gives wisdom to us to endure and grow in the midst of our trials.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him.
And Remain steadfast in the midst of trial, knowing that this world is passing away but yours is the crown of life.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
And Do not say that God is the one who tempts you. It is not God.... but your own desires.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
Instead remember that God is the giver of every good gift in your life. ultimately he has given us life by his word. Who is making us into a display of his glory.
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore Do not be angry or quick to blame God but be listen to God's word.
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls.
That is put to death all sin in your life and receive with humility God's life changing word.
But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless.
Do not receive it by just hearing it and doing nothing.... That is not true belief... that is fake worthless religion that means nothing.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
Instead. .. be doers of the word... displaying your faith in your care for the needy and your growth in holiness
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