By Rev. James Groce
Scripture Text: James 1: 2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let
patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1. The book of Job reminds us that trouble and trials are inevitable. Job 5:7
2. We need to understand how to face the trials that will come.
3. The jeweler’s water test. A fake diamond loses it brilliance when submerged in water, a real diamond does not. We must not lose our
brilliance when submerged in trials.
4. There are 5 keys for victory in our trials.
5. Key #1: An attitude of joy. James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
6. “Count:” consider, evaluate. Joy is not the natural human response to troubles. You must make a conscious commitment to face each trial with an attitude of joy.
7. Philippians 4:4,11: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
8.”When:” The word conveys the idea of an unplanned, inadvertent occurrence that surrounds you.
a. The Good Samaritan found a man who “fell” among thieves.
b. Acts 27:41:And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. (A place of turbulence).
9. Heb. 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
10. Learn to cultivate a right attitude.
11. John 16:20-22:Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but
your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
12. Seeing beyond the trial to the end.
13. Acts 16:25, Paul & Silas in prison. This is the attitude we need to strive for.
14. II Cor. 12:7-9: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
a. The real need often times is not the elimination of the trial-but the grace to endure it!
15. Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
a. We can joyfully endure suffering in the present because of them glorious future promised us.
16. DO OUR TRIALS MAKE US BITTER OR BETTER?
17. KEY # 2: AN UNDERSTANDING MIND
18. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
a. You’ve got to know a few things.
19. Know the reason for testing. Trials are designed to produce “patience.”
a. Endurance: patiently waiting on God to remove the trial at HIS TIME.
20. God builds us up the same way a runner gradually develops the ability to run long distances. The runner starts small and works up to
his maximum capacity. God allows increasingly greater trials in our lives to increase our endurance.
a. THE MORE DIFFICULT THE BATTLE–THE SWEETER THE VICTORY!
21. Psalms 40:1-3, David said.
22. I Cor. 10:13, Paul said.
23. II Thess. 1:2-4, Paul wrote.
24. KEY #3: A SUBMISSIVE WILL
25. “But let patience have her perfect work,”
26. DON’T FIGHT THE TRIAL! The only productive way out of a trial is through it.
27. Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
28. KEY #4: A BELIEVING HEART
29. Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
30. When going through a trial, you must put your faith in God’s wisdom and not in your own.
31. KEY #5: A HUMBLE SPIRIT
32. James 1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
33. 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
This material was provided to the Apostolic Information Service by Rev. James Groce, pastor of Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle in Cantonment, FL.