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Pure Joy in Christ

John Collins09/05/2012

James 1 tells us that we should consider it pure joy when we face our trials.

The testing of our faith produces a steadfast foundation for our faith.  We should let our steadfast faith have the full effect, so that we can be made perfect and complete.  Let our steadfast faith grow until we lack nothing!

If you lack wisdom, ask God!  God gives wisdom generously to all who ask without reproach.  If you ask, it will be given!  But you must ask in faith, believing, for doubters are like a wave of the sea that is tossed any direction by the wind.  Without faith, you cannot expect to receive anything from the Lord; you are unstable.

If you are downcast, boast of your exaltation!  If you are rich, boast of your humility!  Like a flower of the grass, we will all fade away.  The rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

The man who remains steadfast under a trial is blessed.  When he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life!  God promised the crown to all who love him!  

When we are tempted, we should never even think that our temptation comes from God.  God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one.  Each person is tempted when he is enticed by his own desire!  Desire gives birth to sin, and sin brings death!

Let no person deceive you.  Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes directly from God above.  The Father sends good gifts down and there is no variation in God's perfect plan.  God made us His own, and He will bring us forth by the Word of Truth!  We should consider ourselves the firsts of brand-new creatures in Christ!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ?  Do we remain steadfast until we have the full effect?  Do we ask God the Father in faith for the gifts we need to grow in Christ?  Do we remain steadfast in faith during a trial?  Do we boast of our success even though we struggle?  Are we brought forth by the Word of Truth?