How Are My Trials Perfecting Me?
What do you know about God? What do you know the testing of faith produces?
Today, we want to LOOK at what else we are to ‘do‘ when we encounter various trials.
Open your App to the Book of James
“Let my cry come before You O LORD; give me understanding according to Your Word,” (Psalm 119:169).
Oh Lord, as we come to Your Word today, quiet our hearts and open our eyes to see and understand what You are saying and why. Help us to understand how we are to think and live. Thank you Lord!
LOOK at What God Says!
Where will you start?
Read James 1:2-4 again, with a questioning mindset.
There is no better way to train ourselves to read asking the 5W’s and H, than to do it.
What do you see we are to ‘do’?
Let’s see what we can discover about ‘letting’ endurance have its perfect result?
Understand the Words God Uses
Let’s check out perfect. See @ydt.com/tutorial/dictionary.
Perfect, éleios; goal, purpose. Finished, that which has reached its end, complete, full, wanting in nothing.
TIP Remember to take what you have learned back to the text, to see what it means in its context.
“And let endurance [perseverance, remaining under the trial] have its perfect [complete end; wanting in nothing] result…”
(NOTE: The Grammar for the verb ‘let’ is a command. It’s not an option.)
God Uses Truth To Explain Truth
Consider the Cross References for ‘perfect result’.
Remember to THINK and REASON by asking the 5W’s and H.
Why do we let endurance have it’s perfect result?
- So we may be perfect, lacking in nothing. (Jam 1:4)
What is the perfect result?
- To be conformed to the image of Christ. (Rom 8:28-29)
- To attain to the unity of the faith, a mature man. (Eph 4:13)
What is our responsibility?
- We press on to perfection. (Phi 3:12)
- After we have suffered, God will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us. (1Pe 5:10)
What Did We LEARN?
Let’s Sum It Up!
In the midst of our trials that test our faith we are to:
- Let God Work
- Let the endurance have it’s perfect result
- This is a command. It is not optional.
Understand God is:
- Conforming us to the image of Christ.
- Maturing us.
We are to press on to perfection.
God will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us.
THINK: about our need to be like Christ. God may be trying to:
- Humble us;
- Cause us to love Him above all things, thus separating us from the things that separate us from Him;
- Prompt us to be less influenced by the things of this world;
- Get our focus off ourselves, that dying to self;
- Cause us to put the interest of others before ourselves;
And the list goes on and on.
We see and understand: The testing is our road to maturity.
Hear and Respond to God!
- Am I obeying God’s command, letting Him do His perfect work?
- Or, am I fighting and resisting Him?
- How is the trial (the testing) conforming me, changing my thinking, behavior and words?
- What will I do to press on to perfection?
LIVE it out…Respond to God!
Let’s Call It a Day!
Meditate on what God is showing you! If you and I miss what He is trying to do in our trials today, what kind of trial will He have to send next? “Consider what He is saying and let Him give you understanding in everything,” (2Ti 2:7).
Record Your Discovery in Your Notes
As we close for the day remember, take a minute to journal your encounter with God.
Put the Definitions and Cross References not only in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:2-4.
Take What We Have LEARNED and Turn It Into a Prayer.
Let’s Pray. OH HEAVENLY FATHER, we thank you for Your precious Word. Thank you that it is a sure Word. I ask Father, that You help each of us wrap our head and hearts around what we are to know and do in the midst of our trials that test our faith. May you cement these truths down deep in our heart. Bring them to our remembrance everyday as we encounter various trials, and let You conform us to the image of Christ. You are maturing each one of us Your way. So Father, may we stop fighting and resisting You. Stop grumbling and complaining. Stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Stop demanding what we want. Oh Father, may we relax and trust You! May we have an attitude adjustment and obediently consider it all joy. Knowing that You know exactly what You are doing. May we obey You and let go. May we begin this day to cling to You and let You work, knowing that after we have suffered, You will strengthen and establish us. May we remember it is for our good and Your glory. May we glorify You, and You, sweet Jesus, our Savior and Lord, in whose name we pray and ask these things. Amen!
I can’t wait to meet with you tomorrow to bring this all together. You will be blessed!
Tomorrow: We’ll Wrap it all Up with a Review of James 1:2-4.
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