Summary: How do you find strength to continue when you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world upon you shoulders? Trials and test of our faith are allowed by God to mature us Spiritually.
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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.
“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 Lady Wright.... but I counted my ache and pain as a frustration.
I don’t really need to tell you how bad temptation and trouble can get…… because we all go through trials and trouble sometimes.
When trouble comes……..
It will make a Success ..... feel like a Failure
It can make a Blessing..... feel like a Burden
It can make Joyful hearts.... feel like a Broken hearts
It will make a Mountains.... become Steeper
It will make a Valleys.... become Wider
It will make Pitfalls.... seem Deeper
Yes.... When trouble comes……
Trouble has a way of turning your Paradise.... into a Prison
Trouble can make a Firm Solid Foundation.... seem Weak as Quicksand
Trouble can make those that have Hope seem Hopeless
Trouble can cause the most Peaceful Person.... to become Perplexed
Trouble can shake your Faith when you still want too Fight and Press on.
In this text James is saying that Trouble can do all of these things and more..... but Count it all JOY.
Minister Green, Evangelist Brown and Evangelist Smalls sometimes as preachers we have to preach to ourselves ..... when we are going through trouble times and ..... Count It All Joy!
Brothers and Sisters we must admit that this is a strange concept.
But you see God has been teaching me how and why we must count it all joy.
Let’s take a look at the text and see how and why James wants us to count it all joy.... One of the greatest blessings of Christianity is its Power to unite us.... when we are in one accord ..... in one spirit.... and in one mind.
Once we are born again we are bound together with the bonds of grace and we are able to call ourselves brothers and sisters in the Lord Christ.