How Am I Persevering Under Trial?
Yesterday, we LOOKED @ James 1:9-11, focusing on the brother of ‘humble circumstances’ in contrast to the ‘rich’.
What is the brother of humble circumstances to do? What are the rich to do?
Today, we want to understand ‘persevering under trial’.
Open your App to the Book of James.
Lord, we come today into Your presence and ask You to instruct us and teach us in the way which we should go; We ask that You will counsel us with Your eye upon us, (Psa 32:8).
LOOK at What God Says
Let the App lead you in your discovery.
Where will you begin?
Read James 1:9-12 again, with a questioning mindset to put you in context.
Keep training yourself. This is so critical to see God’s word correctly.
Let’s focus specifically on v12. What will you do to understand this verse?
Unlock the Meaning of the Text
What words pop out at you?
Did you check out blessed, perseveres and crown that are Key!
Understand the Words God Uses
What do these Key Words mean?
Blessed, makários; by extension fortunate, well off; possessing the favor of God, that state of being marked by fullness from God; fully satisfied no matter the circumstances.
Persevere, hupoménō; to stay under; to remain under; have fortitude:— abide, to be patient, to endure.
Crown, stéphanos; not used of the kingly crown. Woven of oak, ivy, myrtle, olive leaves or flowers. Used as a wreath or garland. A symbol of the reward of eternal life
“Blessed [fully satisfied] is a man who perseveres [remains under, endures] under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown [reward] of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
God Uses Truth to Explain Truth
Did you check out the Cross References for these Key Words?
Don’t be lax, they are just a tap away and will help you in your understanding. Remember to reason and think by asking the 5W’s and H.
Who is blessed? Why are they blessed?
- Those whose way is blameless (who are righteous); walk in the Lord’s ways; and seek Him with all their heart are blessed. (Psalm 119:1-3)
- Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, because of Jesus are blessed. They can rejoice because there is a reward in heaven. (Mat 5:10-12)
What do you learn about persevering under trial? How does perseverance come? What does perseverance produce?
- We are approved (prove our faith) when we persevere under trials. (Jam 1:12)
- Tribulations bring perseverance, then proven character, then hope. (Rom 5:3-5)
We see: the only way the Lord can develop perseverance and character is through trials.
Understand: Perseverance [endurance, patience] is not attained by reading a book, listening to a sermon, or even praying a prayer. We must go through difficulties, trials.
We persevere in our faith and trust in God. We persevere in our belief in Jesus. We cling to God no matter what!
What is the crown of life? Who is the crown of life given to?
- The crown of life is given to those who love God, are approved through perseverance. (Jam 1:12)
- We run through trials like a race, exercising discipline, self-control, to persevere. If no self-control, no perseverance, then we are disqualified (unapproved, worthless). (1Co 9:24-27)
- Believers receive an imperishable wreath (crown) after being approved for endurance in the race and trials of life.
- Crown of life is given to those who are faithful when tested, even to death. (Rev 2:10)
- If hold fast to what you have, the Word, no one will take your crown. (Rev 3:11)
- The twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying. (Rev 4:10)
- Crown of Exaltation at the Lord Jesus’ coming, a crown of joy is other people who are affected by one’s ministry. (1Th 2:19-20)
- Crown of Righteousness is given: in the future, when the Lord appears to all who have loved his appearing; by the righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus. (2Ti 4:8)
- Crown of Glory is given: to shepherds, pastors, and elders, when the Chief Shepherd appears. (1Pe 5:4)
Let’s Sum It Up!
- Blessedness [full satisfaction] and the crown of life [the reward of eternal life] belong to those who persevere [remain under the trial, endure] through the trial.
- Blessedness is for those who are blameless, walk in the Lord’s ways, and seek Him with all their heart.
- The persecuted, rich or poor, are blessed.
- The persecuted, rich or poor, are to hold to His Word and persevere, so no one can take his or her crown.
View the #4 LIVE Question
How will I hold fast to God’s Word and persevere through my trials?
LIVE it out… Respond to God!
Great Job! That’s it for today!
Are you beginning to see the value of knowing and understanding God’s Word? Meditate on all the Lord is teaching you, “for the one who meditates on God’s Word is blessed,” (Psalm 1:1-2).
Let’s pray. FATHER GOD, who but You could bring blessing out of our trials? Father, again I would ask that You help us to have Your perspective no matter if we are of humble circumstances or rich. Father, please help us to be blameless, walk in Your ways and seek You with all our heart. Father, may we hold to Your Word and love You. Oh Father, may our love for You help us to press forward and push through our trials with perseverance proving our faith. May we be encouraged by Your truths. May we know that we know blessedness and the crown of life awaits us. Oh, thank you Father! In Jesus name we ask these things. Amen!
Join us tomorrow as we pull everything that we have learned together.
Tomorrow: Finish LOOKING @ James 1:9-12.
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