Responding to Difficulty (2 of 13) by Michael Romero
This content is part of a series.Responding to Difficulty
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
We have been talking about true and genuine faith this last couple of weeks and how God tests that faith or the genuine element of our faith through diverse kinds of testing. (James 1:2-5)James gives us the a major example (1:9-11) of the financial testing that is done from God's perspective to either reveal a double-minded man who is unstable in all his ways (1:6-8) or a maturing Christian in his position in Christ and the humbleness of his or her walk.
Genuine faith is not double-minded (double-souled) but is single-hearted in the worship of God. It does not seek the riches of this world and does not align itself with the temptations of this world but with the position and security that is in Christ Jesus.
I sincerely believe that some of the largest and active churches are those churches that first had a group of stable, single-hearted, Christians with genuine, tested, true faith.
That group of Christians invited and discipled another group of stable, single-hearted, faith-tested Christians and so on until there was an abundance of people doing ministry and life together and not satisfied with doing Sunday together.
Now let's get into our text and find out what we have to do to be that kind of a church.
The first thing we must be is,
I. Approved by God
James 1:12 (NASB95)
"12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
He is saying, if we endure the trials or testing that God has allowed then we are going to be blessed. Obviously God is the judge of whether or not we have been approved in an area of testing not ourselves.
We are not being approved by our family, our parents, our friends, our co-workers, our bosses, we must be approved by God to be a legitimate son or daughter of the faith.
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