Consider it Pure Joy!

Every time I read this verse, I am reminded of a few things: first, James is writing to Christians who have been bought from Judaism and into Christianity, so these truths are applicable to all we who believe. Secondly, he exhorts us to count the issues we go through while living this life with joy, which takes on a different spin when knee deep in the midst of an issue. And thirdly, it almost seems that he sneaks in the word “when” as he talks about these “diverse” or many kinds temptations or trails.

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”. James 1:2

God teaches us His truth and wisdom through His Word. Part of His teaching process also includes applying that very same truth to our lives in a way that it will never be forgotten. Many times this will come in the form of a testing or a trial of some sort that the Lord allows or sends.

HOW can you be joyful in the midst of facing a trial, especially a very difficult trial?  Not by pretending to be happy – no – there is no joy in the details of the difficulty. But by persevering in believing God’s promises and resting in the confidence that God is at work.   He will carry you and He will give you all you need as you fully trust Him in the trial.

Thank Him for who He is.  Thank Him for His ability to work all things together for your good and for His glory. God can be trusted with your life. Thank Him for His love. Find the joy in the opportunity to see God at work in amazing ways! Turn down the opportunity to quit or to abandon your faith in the midst of hardship.

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Have a wonderful day knowing that you can consider it pure joy whenever you face trails. Love you all. Please share this blog with others and I pray that it will bring joy and hope in this thing we call life!!  I pray it will bring encouragement in their walk with Jesus as well!  God bless you for sharing!

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About Jesus is a safe harbor

I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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