Take some time to read the passage we focused on today. Underline the words and phrases that stand out to you as you read.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. 9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements. 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
James 1:2-12 (NLT)
What is something you are currently facing that is a trial or test? How do you think God may want to use this in your life? (Look up the passages referenced in the notes) Take some time to carefully walk through the five stages about how to face trials. Discuss what you are experiencing with a friend and ask them to pray for you. Also, ask how you can pray for them! BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:
MSG – The Message
NAS – New American Standard
NLT – New Living Translation
TLB – The Living Bible