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Triumph over Trials (2 of 5)
Last week we looked at the first part of triumph over trials. We first looked at what influenced the writer of this book, James the half brother of Jesus, and how he had probably gleaned most of this from Jesus' sermon on the mount. We will see as we go through this book, how James presents us with test that helps us evaluate whether we are in the faith or not.
In the first part of test one we saw that when we face trials, we must face them with a pure joy, knowing that God is in control and helps us through them. We also must have an understanding mind that helps us see a trial as an opportunity to help us become what God wants us to become.
Today we come to the second part of this test. The test of how we as Christians are suppose to handle trials.
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I. A Submissive Will (v. 4)
Many people do not want to have a submissive will in this world today. They want what they want and if they don't get it, they complain the whole way through it. The problem is that Christians have developed this same attitude in many ways. They go through testing and the whole way through they complain.
The only way out of a trial is through it. The Lord does not promise a bypass around it. What He does promise is that He will be there with us every step of the way to help us endure. That is why joy is so essential through a trial, so that we don't loose our focus on God, the one who helps us get through the trial.
Eliphaz, one of Job's friends had it correct when he said, "As for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; who does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number. He gives rain on the earth and sends water on the fields, so that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety" (Job 5:8-11).
David said, "O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I i ...
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