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No Temptation Has Overtaken You

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man, God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but the the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13

     Ever feel alone when you suffer? No trial, no test of your faith, no affliction, no calamity that you are facing right now is any different from what other's are experiencing. Nothing any of us face is uncommon to man. This is somewhat comforting in the fact that we know someone is experiencing what we experience in times of pain. It if were not so Paul would not have said - "no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man." 
If you are reading this and are experiencing hurt of any kind, know this, "God is faithful". Faithful is who God is. He is trustworthy. He is loyal. He is true to His promises and true to His word. This being true, God is not careless. God is not faithless, He is not…

Standing The Test

In the most two recent blogs we have discovered that the only way to "count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds" (James 1:2) is to be anchored in Christ (Neh. 8:10). Then, we discovered that we can be joyful because the testing of our faith is producing patience in us, which is important for us to have in order that we might be made perfect and complete (James 1:3,4).  Now we turn our attention to James 1:12:

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

    When you think of someone that is to be envied or someone who is happy, who or what do you think of? You think of someone who has their life together. Someone who has plenty of money to live off. Someone who has a nice home, nice vehicles, and a picture perfect family. James says otherwise. The word "blessed" literally means to be happy and someone to be envied. Lo…

Why Patience is Important

In recent post we have discussed the fact that James 1:2 encourages us to "count it all joy...when you meet trials of various kinds", and the way to do that is only through Jesus. Joy can be had in trials of various kinds only through Christ. The reason we can be joyful in trials of various kinds is because the testing of our faith makes for genuine faith (1 Peter 1:6,7) and as James tells us in 1:3 "the testing of your faith produces steadfastness", which is patience.
    The question now needs to be asked of James, why patience needs to be produced? Why is it necessary that patience is manufactured? James writes in 1:4, "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." 
     Before we jump to that answer, James writes, "let steadfastness have its full effect." In other words, let patience have its full effect. Often we are in a hurry to get out of trials, when what we need to learn is h…

Why Faith Needs To Be Tested

James 1:2 instructs us to "count it all joy...when you meet trials of various kinds." In yesterday's devotion we determined that to do that we must be anchored to Jesus. The joy of Christ is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), which enables us to "count it all joy" when we "meet trials of various kinds." So why can I be joyful in trials?

    James tells us in 1:3 "for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." The word "for" means because, which implies that verse 3 is the 'why' to verse 2. Look at what James says, in it he implies that as we go through trials what is happening is our faith is undergoing a test. What is undergoing a test - faith. What about our faith is being tested? Our belief and confidence in Jesus. 
   Why does my confidence in Christ need to be tested? Answer: to determine faith's genuineness. 1 Peter 1:6,7 writes, "In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if ne…

Joy in Trials of Various Kinds

I am a Pastor of a church that has been flooded by hurricane Florence. The building itself was badly flooded and damaged. Right now, as it sits, it is bare bones. The people who attend are all homeless except four or five families.

    When this occurred I recall praying, praying that God would give me wisdom. This is my first lead pastorate and was unsure of how to shepherd a church in this condition. What do I say? What do I do? How do I, how can I minister to them? All these questions and more plagued my mind.

    One particular word came to mind - joy. The church God placed me over was in a trial and still is. The question became for me is how do I help them have joy in trials? Joy in trials seems odd, does it not? It does. However, joy in suffering is themed from Genesis to Revelations. And I want you to know how to have it.

    Let's go to the Proverbs of the New Testament, the book of James. His writing is practically and faithfully reminding Christians how to live. A…