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Count it all Joy

James 1:2-4 (TPT) says 'My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.' Ever faced a trial, or has your faith been tested? When you were in school, ever had a pop quiz? What was the pop quiz about? The subject you were being taught. Faith works along the same principle. As you grow, there will be tests. I can assure you of this. You will be tested on what you know and if you believe what you know. Remember Abraham? Genesis 15:6 says 'And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.' And when Abraham was asked by God to offer up Isaac, the child of promise, it was an amazing statement of faith that Abraham made. In Genesis 22:5 'And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, AND WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU." Abraham had settled it in his heart that God had promised him this child Isaac, and if he had to sacrifice him back to God, then the Lord would bring him back to life. He was speaking what he believed when he said and we will come back to you. James was telling us all in the first chapter to count it all joy when our faith is tested. The test is to build endurance, character, and trust. It is not God playing with you but molding you into the very likeness of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus totally trusted the Father. He placed His life in His hands and He was not disappointed. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. You are not in trouble when you are being tested. You are being refined. Count it all joy because you have been found worthy to grow! Praise God!

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