THANK GOD FOR HARD TIMES
JAMES 1: 1 - 5
JESUS CHRIST said, "Blessed are ye when men shall revile..."
Paul said, "I glory in my infirmities."
Peter said, "Suffering is more precious than gold."
James Exhorted, "count it all joy..."
I.REACTION TO TRIALS Vs. 2 "count it all joy."
The saintly woman, Francis Ridley Havergal, summed up options
for us: "Once the will of God was a sigh, now it has become a
song." How do you respond to trials - hard times. The sigh might
revert to worry. The English word "worry" comes from combining
two Greek word meanings: HOUS = mind and MERIZO = to divide.
Worry therefore means a divided mind. Vs. 8 says, "A double
minded mind is unstable in all his ways."
Worry, says Romans 8:28, is a lie.
Worry, shouts of Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave thee..."
The song might result in pleasantness.
(Story of a woman who fixed a jelly and mustard sandwich for her
husband and water and milk drink).
HOW TO REACT:
1. Try Praise: Phil 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always..." It is
easier to act your way in a good feeling than to feel your way
into a good act.
2. Try Tr ...
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