Responding Faithfully and Prayerfully to Trials
Passage: James 1:1–11
Big Picture: Christians must allow trials to accomplish their purpose in “perfecting” faith, thus giving us pure joy.
- Christian, consider all manner of trials occasions for pure joy.
- The immediate goal of trials is to build our perseverance in the faith.
- The ultimate goal of persevering faith is eschatological perfection and completeness, when we will lack nothing.
- Christian, faithfulness in our approach to trials requires wisdom, which God gives to us generously and without finding fault, if we ask him.
- Christian, there is a vital, intricate connection between our faith and answered prayer.
- This “faith” is not a specific quantity, or level of purity, or degree of energy God requires of us before he will act. This faith is a continuing confidence in the identity and nature of God, as revealed in scripture.
- Christian, live consistently: to pray with “doubt” is to doubt God’s holy character. Such prayers will not be answered and is indicative of a dual loyalty in our souls.
- Christian, no matter if you are rich or poor, always evaluate yourself by spiritual, not material, standards. This is, perhaps, the greatest “test.”
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