by Rick White

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Rick White
James 1:2-12

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything form the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position; and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind, and withers the grass; and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. 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. James 1:2-12

Introduction: Someone penned the positive little proverb in life; 'When life hands you lemons-make lemonade.' It's easy to say, catchy, and positive, but its very difficult to live out. The truth of the matter is that more of us identify with Shakespeare's words; "a wretched soul. bruis'd with adversity." Most of us would be very surprised if we knew all of the hurts, pains, and bruises that are represented in this place today. While some might suggest that adversity in life is representative of a faith malady, it is clear that they have drawn that conclusion from somewhere other than scripture. "We are afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down" (2 Cor. 4:8-9). Someone has said that if you were to trace Paul's journeys in ...

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