Joy in trials – #1

 James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

God tells believers to expect trials by using “when” not “if” you encounter trials. The believer in Jesus who expects their life to be easy is in for an abrupt wake-up call. Jesus told His Disciples  “In the world you have tribulation, ” A

Joy comes from our being able to “take courage; Jesus has overcome the world. A  Outward circumstances, good or bad, do not determine a believer’s joy or victory. We can experience satisfaction in our faith whatever storms life brings if we appropriate the victory of Jesus on the cross. B

The word for trials can mean trouble, suffering, misfortune, etc. and could include physical problems, doubt, fear, grief, economic hardship, etc. Trials can result from [1] Consequences of sinful choices even if already acknowledged, confessed, repented and forgiven by God, [2] Discipline/Chastening, [3] Satan, [4] Persecution, [5] Pruning the disciple to produce more or much fruit, [6] Testing, [7] the world system, [8] results of living in a fallen world, or [9] Thorns from Satan that God allows to keep believers humble and dependent on the power of Jesus. [10] Trials exercise our faith just as physical exercise prepares an athlete to compete. C

A benefit from troubles: Disciples with troubles are comforted by God so we may comfort others.  “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  ” D

Are you wasting comfort received from God or sharing it with others?

Notes: A- John 16:33, B- Psalm 37:1-13, Philippians 4:4-7, Habakkuk 3:17-19, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18;  C- Where does trouble come from in the disciple’s life?  D- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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