Sermon:
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Reverend Levi Howard Wright, Pastor & Founder

“How To Overcome With All Joy.... When Trouble Come....”

James 1:2-8 (New Century Version)

Faith and Wisdom

2 My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy,
3 because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.
4 Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.
5 But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you.
6 But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind.
7-8 Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.

INTRODUCTION

“How Do You Overcome.... When Trouble Comes”...

How do you find strength to continue when you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world upon you shoulders? Our life from start to finish is filled with unexpected valleys of trouble. One of the most difficult things about life is that trouble, trials and tribulations will always come.

Trials and test of our faith are allowed by God to mature us Spiritually. WE DO NOT REJOICE IN THE TRIALS AND TROUBLE THEMSELVES, BUT IN THEIR POSSIBLE RESULTS.

Testing will Proving wheither we are Genuine or not.
Trials will serve as a Discipline to Purify our Faith.
Patience does not mean lying down and playing Dead in difficult circumstances.
Endurance is an Opportunity to Overcoming with ALL JOY.

Our life here on earth is a Training program for Eternity, and God allows us Opportunities to Grow or to Use our Faith to get the Victory.

Trouble is something that will come upon each of us.

Trouble will afflict the innocent and the guilty. It does not matter if you are white, black,... male,.... female,... old.... or young,.... educated.... or uneducated,.... rich,.... or poor,... religious...., or not religious,.... small.... or great,... sinner.... or saint you will have trouble.

Trouble does not discriminate..... it will rain on everyone’s life.

Our text today is a passage of scripture that I have heard quoted so many times.

The Apostle James said... “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.”

My Brothers & Sisters.... I don’t know about you but I wonder what James had been smoking.

I wonder what was James thinking and talking about when he said.... “count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.”

I don’t know about you.... Minister Green.... but I counted my troubles and problems as a nuisance.
I don’t know about you.... Evangelist Brown.... but I counted my trials and tribulations as an irritation.
I don’t know about you.... First