JAMES 1:2-4, 12

by Jerry Vines

James 1:2-4, 12
Dr. Jerry Vines
You are going to find this Bible study from God's Word to be
very helpful to you. You are going to find that its right down there
where you and I live every day, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a
week in our life. I think you will find something you can take home to
use next week.
Several years ago, in a little Georgia town, I was witnessing to
a 15 year-old boy in his backyard. As he prayed to receive the Lord
Jesus Christ, at the conclusion of his prayer he looked up at me. Dark
complexed, handsome little fellow with big brown eyes. Just after he
had prayed and invited Christ into his life he said, "Preacher, does
this mean I won't have anymore troubles?" In a little while I'm going
to tell you what I said to the young man. But he expressed in his
simple words a conception that many people have about the Christian
life. It's the idea that when you receive the Lord Jesus as your
personal Savior, your troubles are over and you will never again have
anymore problems. You and I know that this is not the testimony of
experienced Christians. Those of us who have known the Lord for a long,
long time, know that to receive Christ as your Savior does not eliminate
all of the problems and troubles of life. Neither is this something
that is found taught in the Bible. No where in the Bible will you ever
read that Christ eliminates problems and difficulties in your life. In
fact, just the contrary is true. The Bible says man that is born of
woman is of few days and full of trouble. Life as a Christian is
certainly no bed of roses. Jesus said that the Lord makes the rain to
fall on the just and on the unjust. So, becoming a Christian does not
mean that- yoici traubles and trials and difficulties in life are over.
But the interesting thing is that the Bile doe tell us what to do when
troubles come. The Bible tells us how to respond to trouble when it
comes. Unfortunately, many people just go through life reacti ...

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