The Difficulties of Life

The Difficulties of Life James 1:1-4
Sunday School Lesson – 9-1-2013

“The Difficulties of Life are Designed to make us Better, not Bitter.”

About James:
1/2 brother of Jesus
Eldest of four sons of Joseph & Mary {see Matt. 13:55-56}
Didn’t initially believe in Christ. Only after the crucifixion did James believe.

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:1-4 NASB)

Bondservant {slave = humble title signifying ownership by, absolute obligation to, and readiness to obey a master. Hymn- I Am Thine Oh Lord)

1. Signifies Total Surrender (Hymn – I Surrender All)
2. Signifies Absolute Commitment
3. Signifies Complete Loyalty

To be a bondservant is to speak in the name of another.

Trials of Christians can be in various forms. Loss of earthly possessions, bodily functions, domestic sorrow, spiritual assaults and satanic onslaughts.

Trials vs. Temptations
Temptation is an enticement to sin. Testing is an encouragement to succeed.
Temptations are designed to cause us to sin. The expectation is failure. Tests are designed to make us better. The expectation is to pass.

The right attitude? “Count it all joy…! Verse 2

The Reality of Trials.
Two problems with encountering trials are that you don’t expect them and they surround you.

You are either headed into a trial, in a trials or just coming out of a trial. It’s a cycle.
It is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when.’

The right attitude? “Count it all joy…! Verse 2 This is an imperative statement. What is an imperative? Let me illustrate it this way. Mom says son go carry out the trash. Son doesn’t get it done right away. Mom says, son you need to take out the trash like I told you. Son still hesitates. Mom calls son by name, _______ take out that trash! That’s an imperative.

Don’t rely on feelings. They cannot be trusted. Let God show you the facts, manage your feelings and when He tells you what to do, do it.

The Reasons for Trials
Trials produce in us the grace of humility
Trials produce in us the virtue of patience
Trials increase our spiritual strength
Trials bring us closer to God or else drives us away
Trials cause us to be more sympathetic with others
Trials enable us to render better service
Trials borne properly by us glorify God.

The Results of Trials
Trials prove the genuineness of faith. “Faith is a muscle that requires exercise to gain strength.” [Chip Henderson]
Trials refine the Christian life
Trials produce steadfastness [4]
Trials drive us to prayer. [5]
Trials produce an unwavering faith [6]
Trials teach us the real value of life
Trials bring us to the fulfillment that God purposes for us.

The Benefits of Christians from trials due to their relationship with Jesus include:
God gives His Peace
God gives His Presence
God gives His Power
God gives His Protection
God gives His Provisions

Until next time

Worth Listening To



About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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