Faith that lasts

James 1:2-4 "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".

“When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade”.
We have all probably heard of this statement and even agree with it, but it is so hard to put into practice.

In this life we are going to receive a lot of lemons. Jesus says we will experience difficulties and even sufferings if we are genuine followers of Him. It’s not a ‘maybe’ but an absolute fact. The Evil One will do his utmost to oppose us and make life a battle for us. James calls these battles trials, and these trials ought to bring joy to our lives because of what these trials will finally produce.

If seen in the eyes of faith, trials in our lives will produce perseverance which in time will make us mature in Christ. God arranges and mixes the colours and experiences of life, which include trials to produce a final product that is beautiful in His eyes.

James writes to a scattered people because of the opposition they received for being Christian to remain firm in the truth and not fall away. Some people did fall away, but others considered or counted their trials as a means to an end i.e. to be mature in Christ. Like a football team trains and goes through the vigor of exercise to be fit for their eventual match.

Some people are fed up with the restrictions of the Virus. We need to remain calm and diligent, despite not being able to do the things and meet together as we have previously done. See this Covid 19 as a trial in our lives, and that if we remain faithful together, we will grow to be more like the Lord Jesus, lest we fall away.

Camden Anglican Parish - Let’s together turn these trials into triumph, and instead of being victims of this situation, become victors.

James 1:2-4 "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".

Today we begin Strengthen the House!

Pray, Serve, Obey, Give

Tony

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