Biblically derived joy
James 1:2-4
Trials are God's way of maturing us in the faith. The true believer rejoices in this
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Published March 12th, 2021
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Meditations on James 1:2-4 We must reckon our trials as joy. I understand this from the word "count". This will not happen without effort; without calling our minds to action. This is not natural. This is God's way and it comes about by renewing our minds in God's word. We can reckon your trials as joy because we know something. Knowing things from the Scripture impact how we live and even our emotions. We don't just count trials as joy because they are joyful of themselves. No. There is a reason why we do this. It is because we get perseverance through them. Perseverance in God's kingdom is very important. We must endure to the end (cf. Matthew 10:22). We have need of endurance (Hebrews10:36 ). James 1:2-4 tells us how we get this endurance. We are also told something similar in Romans 5:3-4 "..we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope". Everything in me thinks, when the trial is upon me, that the trial will block me from making it. God's word says that the trial itself gives me the endurance I need to make it. After, we have gained some perseverance from the trial, we are to let perseverance have its full effect on us. We are not to enter into a little of the effect when it is convenient. Let the perseverance/endurance do all its work on you. Then when it is done, you will be mature in your faith. So, if you want to be mature in your faith, enter into trials with this attitude expecting these things to happen. And, do not dismiss the trial when it comes. Know that by God's power, the trial has the ability to do much in you.
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