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1 month 4 days ago #12083 by FemiClef
  NOT IMMUNED TO TRIAL Read: James 1:2-12 James 1:2-12 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation [as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God],And the rich [person ought to glory] in being humbled [by being shown his human frailty], because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits.Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. MEMORISE: Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience (James 1:2-3) EXPOSITIONJacob lived right in Laban's house, yet he was faced with problems. Your faith in Christ is not immunity to trial. Your good deeds, passion for what is right, etc.,will not shield you from trial because trial is a test to ascertain your trust and dependence on Him. Trial is just a weapon used by God. Therefore, we must not be ignorant of this. David requested of God to try him. Trial is a way to authenticate our levels in God. He indeed tries believers with trials, He used storms of life for men of old and He still uses it on His today. Someone says, 'War makes general's'. To be a giant and general in Christ, we must be tried tested and be trusted. We can't afford running away from trial absolutely, but we must take it with joy. He loves us and promises never (not) to try us beyond our ability. Therefore, as you grow in Him, expect harder and tougher trials. His sure promise is that He is with you; I mean you are not alone in trial. The trial you are currently battling with will not consume or deform you. You are coming out more glorious, powerful, beautiful and better (Jn.8:28,29; Jn.16:33). Trial is to give you the experience of Joseph in Potiphars house, Jacob in Laban's house, Daniel in Babylon and host of others in the Scriputures. It is one of the things your generation will remember you for. Before gold shines, it passes through the furnace. Whoever is going to be great must be faced with difficult situations allowed and supervised by the Lord God. Glorious day comes after the darkest night of trial. You will soon experience that. PRAYER POINTS:1. Lord, help me not to deny my faith in You, even in the face of hard and tough trial.2. Father, uphold as many that are passing through difficult times, be their sustainer and grant them victory at the end.3. Pray for the ministers of the Gospel that God will grant them the sufficient grace to withstands every storm that may rage against them and the work of the ministry. EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Kings 1:51 - 3:15 John 4:3 - 4:24 Join the telegram group using the link below: 

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