Hey everybody! HI HI HI.
For this post, I wanted to pass along a little bit of wisdom I've recently received. I've been listening to the podcasts of sermons from my church back home. We have been going through the book of James, and can I just say, my cup is overflowing. So here I am, trying to channel the sweet goodness of God's truth that has been pouring in and spilling out of every ounce of my being.
For a while now, James has been one of my favorite books of the Bible. So being able to digest it along side my home church through the guidance of the Senior Pastor, George Hulse, has been such a blessing! (Fun fact: George got his Master of Divinity from Biola!)
The first week, we focused on the first few verses from chapter one. In James 1:1, he introduces himself. James was the younger brother of Jesus, yet he begins with introducing himself as “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ." A servant of his brother who he has recognized as his Lord and Savior and considers himself a servant. Now that is every older child’s dream for their younger sibling while growing up. Also, he was martyred for his relentless faith. There are a lot of things we can learn from the devout servanthood of James.
He then continued on to talk about how James is an example of when the rubber meets the road and becomes a coach to us where we have to work our “faith muscles." More specifically, we talked about how suffering is a tool God uses to sanctify. Suffering is an attachment tool of God by God. Genuine faith will lead us to faithful obedience to the teachings of Jesus. So we need to remember that prosperity and adversity are both from God.
Sometimes adversity is because of a fallen world issue, sometimes it is our own foolishness. And other times it is the faithfulness of God, discipling you to test the integrity or character.
The main thing to remember through pain and suffering is that we need to remind ourselves that it is an opportunity to grow in faith.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4
The questions that follow hardship:
-How am I responding to trouble in my life?
-How should I be responding?
-How am I learning from this?
-How am I demonstrating faith in God in His resources?
“The Christian life must not only be empowered by faith; it must also be sustained by hope.”-Bob George
Blessins on Blessins,