November 17, 2019
James 1.5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1.6 (NKJV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1.7 (NKJV) For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
James 1.8 (NKJV) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
1Cor. 16.13 (NKJV) Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Current of life against us… Therefore following Christ requires a
A mindset of Victory…
An attitude of Rejoicing…
A determination to keep going…
1Cor. 15.58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Psa. 125:1 (nkjv) those who trust in the lord are like mount zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
The pressures of life are coming whether we want them or not… They are a revealer…
reveals what’s missing in my relationship with God…
Pressure reveals 2 things about my trust in God…
1. Do I believe God’s Word?
2. To what extent do I believe it?
1Pet. 1.3 (NLT) All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead.
1Pet. 1.4 (NLT) For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
1Pet. 1.5 (NLT) And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see.
1Pet. 1.6 (NLT) So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while.
1Pet. 1.7 (NLT) These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
STAND FAST IN WHO GOD IS.
STAND IN WHO YOU ARE TO GOD.
STAND IN HIS GRACE.
STAND ON HIS CHARACTER – IF HE PROMISED HE WILL DO IT.
James 1:2 (nkjv) my brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
James 1:3 (nkjv) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1:4 (nkjv) but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Your problem is not as big as it appears…
2cor. 4:17 (nkjv) for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
2cor. 4:18 (nkjv) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I trust God for the grace to walk through a storm not to remove the storm…
Psa. 23:4 (kjvs) yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Stand In God’s Grace…
Rom. 5.1 (NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Rom. 5.2 (NKJV) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom. 5.3 (NKJV) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Tribulation to crush, press together, squash, hem in, compress, squeeze expressed sheer, physical pressure on a man.
It is a pressing together as of grapes. It conveys the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure or crushed beneath a weight. When, according to the ancient law of England, those who willfully refused to plead guilty, had heavy weights placed on their breasts, and were pressed and crushed to death
Figuratively thlipsis pictures one being “crushed” by intense pressure, difficult circumstances, suffering or trouble pressing upon them from without. Thus persecution, affliction, distress, opposition or tribulation, all press hard on one’s soul.
Rom. 5.4 (NKJV) and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Rom. 5.5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.