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The Test of Life (1 of 16)
Series: Christianity and Shoe Leather
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.FACT OF TEMPTATION
II. FORMS OF TEMPTATION
III. FORCE OF TEMPTATION
IV. FACING OF TEMPTATION
V. FRUITS OF TEMPTATION
I'd like us to turn to a passage in James Chapter 1. The title of the message today is the Test of Life. I want to ask you are you passing or are you failing the test of life?
James Chapter 1, I'm going to be preaching some messages from the book of James because I feel we need it. We need to learn how to live practically the Christian life and that is what the book of James is all about.
James Chapter 1 Verse 1: "JAMES, A SERVANT OF GOD AND OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, TO THE TWELVE TRIBES WHICH ARE SCATTERED ABROAD, GREETING. MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS;
KNOWING THIS, THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE. BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING." And putting that in another way he is saying that you may pass all the tests of life.
A young man, who had taken his tests in college, got it back and it had a zero on it and it didn't make him very happy and so he went to the professor and very arrogantly he said to the professor, "Professor, I didn't deserve this grade." And the professor said, "I know son, but that's the lowest grade I could give."
And many of us are making some low marks on the test of life and we come to God and many times we don't feel like we are getting and yet we are just not really making it. We are not making a passing grade and God wants everybody to make an A+.
I'm going to share with you some things this morning that will help all of us to make an A+ and get out of the "F Syndrome" in the test of life. As we look at this passage of scripture we see first of all the fact of temptations.
James is writing to Christian people who know the Lord and he says to them in Verse 2, "MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU ...
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