TRIALS AND TESTINGS THAT BUILD AND BLESS
INTRODUCTION: Not everyone who grows old, grows up. There is a
vast difference between age and maturity. There is too much
impatience in difficulties. James appeals to us to recognize
that every test, every trial, every tribulation w/all the
accompaning sorrow and disappointment, is a God-given
opportunity for growth and development in the Christian life.
John 7:5 - Unbelief
I Cor. l5:7, "He Was Seen of James" Camel Knees!
James died in 62 A.D. a martyr w/clubs
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
I. THE ADDRESSED v.l
A. From A Servant. la
half-brother of Jesus; leader at Jerusalem
B. To The Scattered. lb
"scattered" - scattering seed; Acts 8:l;4
II. THE ADMONITION. v.2
A. There Should Be Evaluations. 2a
"When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade."
"Count" - financial term; to evaluate
l. Outlook determines outcome
2. Attitude determines action
Hebrews l2:2, "The joy set before Him"
B. There Will Be Encounterings. 2b
"when" - not if!
"all joy" - unmixed joy
"divers" - all shades
(not "from", but "out of")
3 Hebrews in furnace
III. THE ADVANCEMENT. v.3
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