Summary: To advance through the predetermined goals that God ordains in each of us, He sends tests. Sometimes we cannot go on to the next exam until we finish the one we are in. With this perspective, we march forward with the help and grace of God.

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Turning Tests into Testimonies

James 1:12-16

When James tells us do not err, I believe it means not to misunderstand what his point is in vs. 12, 13.

There is an explanation why in one verse James relates temptation with God, and in the next says it isn’t God who tempts.

In the original wording we can find our differences.

Blessed is the man who endureth temptation, for {when he is tried}… When the test is over, when the results are gathered, when the experiment is finished, when the results of the examination are completed – that man will progress or gain nothing depending on his ability to overcome temptation.

Vs. 2 ‘My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.’

We have discussed how God is the divine director, the boss, the manager, the conductor in our lives and everything has a purpose and a reason. Nothing just happens. There are no coincidences. We do not believe in luck or fate, we believe in the hand of God working in our lives.

When our mind and heart comes to grip this fact it is easier to live by faith. It is easier to trust Him.

In vs. 12, God is the tempter; the tester, the crowner, and the promiser.

Hand me that weight. This weight is to help me. Even though my body doesn’t want it, my schedule didn’t include it; if I endure this trial I will receive benefits. It all depends on how I handle it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ‘ There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.’

First, never think that no one else has ever gone through what you are going through. Common to man. If someone else has ever made it, so can you.

Back to our vs. 12 in James, the crown of life refers back to the Roman Olympics wrestling. It is said that the last man standing would receive the crown of life. I’m not sure what tests you’ve been struggling with, but remember when you’ve done all to stand, stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth.

How can I count it as Joy? Look at the end results. Physically, there will be greater stamina, greater muscle, less fat, less hardship lifting. Easier lifting. The trial doesn’t bring the joy, but the purpose does.

God wants you to be like Him. He will send us the right training for the task. How foolish would it be to train someone to deal with propane if that person was hired to captain a tugboat? God custom orders your trials. If you could realize that, you might not ask for a way of escape. There are some trials that people have to go through over and over because they didn’t learn the first time.

Vs 13 – ‘let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man’

The Greek in vs. 12 for temptation is literally {putting to proof by experiment, experience, discipline.} – pirasmos’

The Greek in vs. 13 {to prove wrong, to scrutinize, to entice, to destroy} apirastos.

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