James 1:2-4

  1. Count it all Joy:
    1. NT:5479 ‎xara/ ‎chara (khar-ah’); from NT:5463; cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight:
      1. This joy is delightful!
      2. This joy is peaceful!
  • This joy is eternal!
  1. This joy is God’s gift to His children.
  1. 2:26 OT:8057 hj*m=c! ‎simchah (sim-khaw’); from OT:8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival):
  2. Psalm 21:6 OT:2302 hd*j* ‎chadah (khaw-daw’); a primitive root; to rejoice:
  3. Job 33:26 OT:8643 hu*WrT= ‎teruw`ah (ter-oo-aw’); from OT:7321; clamor, i.e. acclamation of joy or a battle-cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarm:(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s)
  1. When you meet trials of various kinds:
    1. “The JOY of your Master” (Matt. 25:21)
    2. “The JOY that was set before Him” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
    3. “The JOY that is inexpressible” (1 Peter 1:8)
  2. You know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness:
    1. Faith in our Father God who is able! (2 Kings 6:11-19)
    2. Faith in Jesus Christ our Savior who is able! (Heb. 7:25)
    3. Faith in the promised Holy Spirit! (John 14:26, Acts 1:8)
  3. The full effect of Steadfastness:
    1. Perfects/Matures you upon the arrival of Christ!
    2. Completes you in Heaven!
    3. Leaves you lacking in nothing for Eternity!
  4. Refined through testing, trials and tribulation!
    1. Separated from the securities of this temporary life!
    2. Sanctified/Set Apart, for selfless service!
    3. Steadfast in the strength of the Lord!
    4. Satisfied with eternal life through Christ!

Questions for Transformation

How is God refining you?

 

  1. What is God separating you from in this life?

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  1. How is God sanctifying/setting you apart?

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  1. How has Christ satisfied you, is that allowing you to be steadfast?

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Are you applying these biblical truths to your life?