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Summary: This message explains why the Christian will face trials and what God’s desire is for the believer through the tests we face in life.

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“EXTREME MAKEOVER” – PART TWO

TURNING TRIALS INTO TRIUMPH

JAMES 1:2-12 - ©DR. LARRY L. THOMPSON (2004)

INTRODUCTION: Diamond Test Illustration:

To test the genuineness of a diamond, jewelers often place it in clear water, which causes a real diamond to sparkle with special brilliance. An imitation stone, on the other hand, will have almost no sparkle at all. When the two are placed side by side, even an untrained eye can easily tell the difference…which one passes and which one fails!

In a similar way, even the world can often notice the marked differences between genuine Christians and those who merely profess their religion. Many Christians have great confidence in their faith until it is severely tested by hardships and disappointments.

Let’s go to this week’s EXTREME EXAMPLE entitled, “Pass-Fail” (Fitz will roll intro with live vignette to follow on platform)

Historically, James is writing to people who have more than their share of trials. He is writing to people who were hated by the Gentiles because they were Jews and hated by the Jews because they were Christians. James is ready to give those of us who are struggling with the trials of life an extreme makeover by following the biblical directive to turn the trial into triumph!

1. THE TRUTH ABOUT TRIALS v.2-4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, [3] because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. [4] Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (1:2-4)

For your extreme makeover to be successful James tells us there are two truths that we need to know about every trial we face.

a. TRIALS ARE PREDICTABLE: (1:2)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”

James lets us know immediately that it is not “if” we face a trial but “when” we face a trail. We will all have trails; they are predictable and certain. The first key to turning your trial in triumph is to be prepared; don’t get caught off guard…trials are going to come your way.

What types of trials will we face? Circle the words “many kinds” as this comes from the Greek word poikilos (poe –keel – os) This is where we get our word for poakadot. Simply stated, our trials will come in all shapes and sizes; some big, some small, some short and some long. While we don’t know the size of the trial we certainly know the trial is predictable.

Illustration: I remember years ago when Jennifer was sick and she lost it all over Taylor’s bed. Taylor came crying to me and said, “Why did she have to do it on my bed?” Like all of us, my daughter wasn’t ready for someone else’s trial to affect her life…but they do.

b. TRIALS ARE PURPOSEFUL: (1:3-4)

“Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. [4] Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James warns us that for the Extreme Makeover to be effective we must realize this truth about trials…they have a purpose.


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