James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
How to have Joy in Trials?
Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. ” A
- Jesus spoke words to His family so that His joy would be in us. How do we receive this joy? By reading, studying, meditating and applying His words in the entire Bible. I have often said if your faith is weak it is because you are not hearing from the Word. B But Jesus tells us if we have no joy we are not taking in His Word. A I suggest using the HEAR method of Bible study, scripture memory, and prayer every day. C At least 30 minutes per day.
- Jesus set the example for us; “3 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 4 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” D
We begin by fixing our eyes on Jesus instead of ourselves, our sin nature and the world. Jesus endured the cross for the “joy set before Him“. Jesus was filled with joy from His family and work, His Father, the Word, the Holy Spirit, the disciples, His friends, the knowledge of His mission on earth and His soon return to heaven to sit down at the right hand of God.
People do strange things to hide from shame, to run from it or to try to escape. Jesus did just the opposite “despising the shame” of being wrongfully accused, beaten, and crucified.
Jesus “endured the cross, despising the shame” so we could have joy as a member of His family and “not grow weary and lose heart.”
Notes: A- John 15:11; B- Romans 10:17;
C- HEAR daily worship plan Select your Best Verse of the day and write in the notebook:
“H (Highlight major words of my Best Verse of the day)
E (Explain and meditate on verse)
A (Apply to my life)
R ( Respond in prayer about this verse)
At end of week review and select your Best Verse of the week! Memorize BV of the week!.”;
D- Hebrews 12:2-3;