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James 1:3 2-12

THE PURPOSE OF TRIALS

Sep 27, 1970 am


THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF TESTS TODAY - POLLS, SURVEYS, QUESTIONNAIRES, PUBLICATIONS TOO

  • Few can resist the advertising gambit - IQ test - or "Are you compatible", "Is your brother-in-law nuts?"
  • Yet when God allows us to have a real test of our faith - grown men tremble, women complain
  • We live in an age that tests men's souls - the test can bring terror, or joy -- which?

These times are exciting, the greatest Christian opportunity in all history - be courageous

COUNT IT JOY WHEN YOU ARE TESTED  -  JAMES 1:2

Like a book of Christian Proverbs - James touches on many very practical subjects - read well

"TO THE TWELVE TRIBES SCATTERED ABROAD, GREETING."  JAMES 1:1

  • James - this is the oldest half-brother of Jesus, the overseer of the Judean Church - Acts 12:17
  • This may well be the first epistle in the New Testament - no intimation of Acts 15:17 council-
  • Written to Christians - Jas 2:1 - of all 12 tribes - scattered- James interested in Jew-Christian

COUNT IT JOY WHEN YOU ARE TRIED - JAMES 1:2

  • The word "temptation" means a trial, any kind of test, here not sin- but in v.13 it is sin
  • James gave the sense of this in Matt 5:11-12, but can you rejoice, or is it of you - falsely?
  • Today we are almost trained to avoid confrontation - and so we escape many real blessings

PHYSICAL TRIALS ARE ENDURED FOR THE ANTICIPATED BLESSING, WHY NOT SPIRITUAL TRIALS?

  • The strong man rejoices to run a race (I don't now, but I know this by experience)
  • Trials and tests have their purpose - Spiritual exercise can produce great results- if we will
  • James endured the final trial of faith- martyrdom by stoning- rather than deny Jesus as Christ

We count the prophets great - happy Jas 5:10-11 but we try to avoid their trials like plague

THE TRIAL OF FAITH WORKS MATURITY - JAMES 1:3,4

We need mature men of faith today - thank God we have some- but are you included in the lot?

IS AN UNPROVED FAITH THE REAL THING WE CALL SAVING FAITH?  V.3

  • It is the seed in the stony places that is destroyed by tribulation - Matt 13:21
  • It is the puppy love that is killed by hardship - real love is like a Chinese Handcuff-
  • II Cor 13:5 urges us to prove our own selves - better than losing all before Col. skeptics

THERE IS PROGRESS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE THAT IS EXPECTED FROM EACH SOUL - V.4

  • Rom 5:3-5 gives the growth to the place where we are not ashamed - and we need this
  • II Pet 1:5-8 gives prescription for full growth to fruitfulness and blessing, one step at a time
  • You can choose your tests, or let chance bring them, but they will come- no escape from them

GOD WANTS US TO GROW INTO MATURE PERFECTION IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE - V.4B

  • This perfection means to be mature, entire, nothing wanting - fully grown up.  Matt 5:20,48
  • There is no way to spiritual growth without growing pains- call them trials and discipline
  • Remember that baby-faced innocence is not mature perfection - so grow up!  No adult is innocent

If you lack- ask God, but ask in faith- be ready for trial, seek the will and purpose of God

BLESSED IS THE ONE THAT ENDURES - V.12

When patience has had her perfect work, there is a reward, and that reward is desirable

BLESSINGS BELONG TO THE VICTOR; THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE JOY OF WINNING!

  • The stolen goalposts robbed the winning school of reward - so we thought - but gave patience
  • There is real joy in serving Jesus - but too often we gripe at trial instead of rejoicing
  • When we gripe, we are not enduring!  This means to abide under suffering courageously!

THERE IS A CROWN FOR THE ONE WHO ENDURES TEMPTATION, AND THIS CROWN IS PRECIOUS - V.12B

  • There is a joy just in great gulps of air after running a mile- but this is so much better
  • When we endure- finish the course- we are promised here the crown of life- victorious life
  • A person has to have spiritual life to seek this crown- it is at the end of the race!

THE PROMISE IS TO ALL WHO LOVE HIM - V.12C - IT CENTERS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

  • The Lord has promised this to those who love Him - or love His appearing - does this include you?
  • Are you sure that you love Him? That you know Him? Do you love Him enough to endure?
  • This is a trial, or a test that we cannot fail - if we love Him!  In this we cannot lose!

Today we have many different pressures - these will make your love sweeter, if you have it.

NOT EVERYONE WHO BREATHES PHYSICAL LIFE CAN CLAIM TRIALS AS A MEANS OF BLESSING!

  • If you are not saved- the trials have no rewards - only warnings, urging you to come to Jesus
  • If you are a Christian - seek the personal discipline that will make you strong - love Him
  • If you really want joy, seek the discipline of a soulwinner - witness for Jesus daily