Can Good Come Out of Trials? by Johnny Hunt

Can Good Come Out of Trials?
Johnny Hunt
James 1:2-4
November 18, 2007

INTRODUCTION: Theme of James, "A Faith That Works." It has been said that "Christianity has not been tried and found lacking, it just hasn't been tried." Christ desires our faith to be living, visible, and productive.

Warren Wiersbe writes, "Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to 'count if all joy!' If we live only for the present and forget the future, the trials will make us bitter, not better."

Let me give you a couple of positive truths about trials.

1. Testing and trouble are not to be taken as personal offenses. Our faith is the target, not us. God directs specific tests our way to stretch us spiritually.

2. God wants us to learn endurance. God tests His servants to bring into our lives those circumstances that can teach us something of significance.

DESCRITPTIVE WORDS:

I. EVALUATION. 2

"count it all joy" – consider, think forward, regard. Count is an aorist tense, which signifies that this joy that we read about comes after the trial.

Job 23:10, "But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold."

Jesus did not say the trial is joy. Job did not consider losing his health a joy. But he looked forward to the joy that would follow his trial.

1. Outlook determines Outcome
2. Attitude determines Action
3. Attitude determines Altitude

" 'Joy' – when connected to trials, some regard it as signifying concretely the circumstances attending co-operation in the authority of the Lord. Joy is associated with life. In the Old Testament and the New Testament God Himself is the ground and object of the believer's joy."

Vines Expository Dictionary

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