Consider it all… what?
Oh… 2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, (James 1:2)
I live in the kingdom of God. The people of which I surround myself with are “Christians”. My life centers around Jesus, HIS body, HIS Church… So why is it so hard? Why am I kicked down, slandered, persecuted for my faith, repeatedly deceived, live among false-prophets, Pharisees, legalists, King Sauls, and just plain control-freaks? Why Lord, am I in a constant battle to defend The Passion for the Christ? Why do trials and tribulations start at home? Why then, if we are to take on the character of Christ and ‘Be holy, for HE is Holy’, is it so hard to walk in the kingdom of God?
Are we not all on the same page? One in the same Spirit?
And so HE gives me answer…
3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; 10and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. 12Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:3-12)
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