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Day 18: Joy in Trials

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 18, 2011


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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  – James 1:2-4

Obviously, James was insane.

Let’s face it, who in their right mind considers it joyful when they are in the midst of trials? I mean, did you wake up this morning with the problems of the day dangling over you, the dishwasher overflowing, the kids screaming, the spouse mad, the car dead and say to yourself, “Wow! What great joy I have!”

If you did, you are special.

The toughest thing to have in the midst of problems is joy, but if you know where to find your joy and why you should be joyful, it might you just a little to crack a smile.

The second fruit of the Holy Spirit is Joy – it comes right after Love.

Joy is more than an attitude, it is a framework.  Joy understands that everything is a process to a finished product… a means to an end.  That end we seek is in Christ Jesus.

Joy says, “I know in whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard that which I have entrusted to him until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

Joy says, “I trust that Jesus has my best interest at heart, and there is no need to worry.”

Joy also understands that the end isn’t just making it to where Jesus is, but it is also becoming mature in Christ here and now.

Jesus didn’t save you so that He could drag you like a baby into the kingdom.  He is looking to mature you.  He doesn’t want you to remain a babe on milk. He wants you to grow in Him every day becoming more like him.  That happens when you go through trials and mature.

As you develop into the image of Christ, you lose that childish nature and begin to take on a heavenly nature that can walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil because you KNOW that Christ is with you.

Each valley of the shadow of death you travel through makes you more aware of that fact.

 

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