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Persevering Through Trials Honors God and Spreads the Gospel
Bible Verse James 1:1-4
James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
By persevering through trials, God can use these moments not only for our spiritual growth, but also to bring others to faith in Christ. As followers of Jesus, we have to be aware of the fact that when the world sees us going through a trial with perseverance, honoring God, loving others and not lashing out. It causes them to want to know how and why we were able to stay strong through such tribulation. They know from watching us that it is not something from within ourselves. They know from watching the fallen world around us, our strength did not come from the world. So they will wonder what is keeping us steadfast through the storm. And because of our witness, they will inquire as to the source of our strength. A strength which only comes from a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord and remaining steadfast in our faith, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We should remember at this point before moving to the next set of verses. God does not cause bad things to happen. Bad things happen because of the fallen nature of this dark world we live in. The fall brought with it death, disease, decay and sin. Bad things happen because of the nature of this fallen world, which can bring disease, physical defects and much worse. Bad things also happen because of sin, both our sin and the sin of others, as well as by the spiritual warfare which is waged all around us.
These first four verses of James show us a wonderful example of what Paul spoke about in his letter to the Christians living in Rome. That is, through the trials God will perfect us. In other words, God will use the trial at hand to bring about spiritual maturity in us. And because God works all things out for our eternal, spiritual and yes, sometimes even our physical good for those who love God and our called according to His purposes. God will use the trial He allows to touch our lives, to help us grow in Christ. He will make us more useful for His kingdom work through the spiritual growth worked inside of us as a result of the trial. God can do this because we are His children, His bond-servants who have given our lives over to our Lord and King Christ Jesus. Dear child of God, never forget the apostles and Jesus Himself told us we will have trials in this world. We live in enemy territory, influenced by the one the Apostle Paul calls the, "prince of the power of the air," who is Satan. This means there is no neutral ground, either we fight on the side of Christ and therefore, as soldiers of Christ we will suffer an attack. Or we give aid and comfort to the enemy who wants nothing less than our complete destruction and total separation from God and Christ Jesus our Lord. Remember, Satan knows he has lost, his only goal is to decommission as many of God's children as he can, in order to bring as many souls with him to Hell as he can possibly gather through deceit. There is only one regret we can have has children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. And that is the regret of not doing more for our Lord and King, when it was in our power to do so.