"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." -James 1:2-4 (ESV)
Do you find yourself in a trial of some sort? Do you feel like its "always something"? I want to invite you to read and re-read the scripture above.
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote these words to encourage believers. He wanted us to know exactly what to do as we're in the middle of a trial. What is it that you should do? COUNT IT ALL JOY- REJOICE! Rejoice knowing that the trials you are facing are pruning you for a firm, deep-rooted steadfastness. This steadfastness cannot be shaken.
I am completing the She Reads Truth study on James (http://shereadstruth.com/2017/05/22/how-can-we-rejoice-in-suffering/) . Today was the first day of the study and it has already impacted me. My life seems to have been a series of trials lately. If I could even begin to tell you, you'd wonder how I'm still standing.
I've learned that the solution to "getting through" these trials is to simply thank GOD that He's walking with us and that we're never alone. The troubles we face are doing something in us- helping us to become perfected in Christ.
This week, take a moment to read James 1. I also recommend reading 1 Peter 1:6-7.
Remember, as believers in Jesus, we are called to be SET APART. Let's live out God's Word as we bring others closer to knowing Him. LIVE out the truth you say you believe! It is not easy by any means, but the process is worth it.
When you read the two scriptures, I'd love to know your thoughts!