Learning to Grow Through Adversities
to respond to trials that will either make us or break us.
God never intended for us or made provision for us to stop in our spiritual growth.
Learned About God
God has a purpose for every trial that comes into your life. Nothing happens to you without God’s approval or purpose.
Lessons Learned About
We will discover what our view of God really is.
this lesson we are going to learn some facts of life we must learn to accept if
we are going to learn to grow through adversity.
1:2, “My brethren
count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.”
James did not say “if you encounter problems consider it joy.” –but “when you encounter problems.” You can count on it. You are going to have problems. If you don’t have problems – check your pulse to see if you are alive. Problems are a way of life. Count on them. They are not an elective in life. They are a required course. Nobody is immune.
Problems are unpredictable
James says, “when you fall into troubles.” The word “fall” literally means to fall into unexpectedly. It’s the same word used of the Good Samaritan when he fell among the thieves – unexpectedly.
We seldom anticipate
the problems we’re going to experience in life.
We don’t plan to
have a flat tire or a crisis.
and unpredictable when we least expect them.
of various kinds
come in all shapes and sizes. One thing with problems, you don’t get bored
with them. There are a wide variety of them. Have you ever tried to match paint?
The word in the Greek for “many kinds” is literally multi-colored.
There are problems of many shades and varieties. They vary in intensity. They
vary in variety and they vary in duration. Some are minor inconveniences and
some are major crisis. They come in more than 31 flavors. Some are custom made
and you know it.
II. Fact #2 – The Reason
for Our Trials
“ Knowing this that they trying of your
faith worketh patience – but let patience have her perfect work that ye may be
perfect and entire wanting nothing.
trials have purpose. It has value in
can be productive.
can accomplish something.
said “knowing this” Isn’t it
good to know that the adversity that you are facing, the problems that you are
encountering, have a purpose? You are not going through whatever you’re going
through for no reason. No! In those troubles God is at work doing something in
you – with you and for you.
Problems have three
purposes in your life.
purify your faith. James uses the words “trying
and testing” He uses a word to describe the process of purifying and
testing gold. You would heat the gold very hot until the impurities – the
dross – were burned off. Job said, “He
has tested me through the refining fire and I have come out as pure as gold.” The
first thing trials do is test our faith. They purify us. Christians are a lot
like tea bags. You don’t know what’s inside of them until you drop them in
hot water and then you know.
produce perseverance in our lives. “The
trying of your faith produces patience.” Another way of saying this is, “the
testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ James is talking about
staying power or endurance.
ability to keep on keeping on.
ability to hang in there.
ability to stay under pressure.
ability to stay until the purpose is accomplished.
help us mature. They help us to grow to become more mature. Trials produce
perseverance that helps us to be mature and complete – not lacking anything.
That’s God’s long range goal. His ultimate purpose is maturity. God wants
you to grow up. There are two ways God makes us to become like Jesus:
through the Word of God which builds our character and matures us
through the circumstances of life.
where James hits it right on the head.
many Christians say, “Everything was going great when I first got saved and
then all these problems came.”
think maybe God doesn’t love them or maybe they’re really not saved.
truth is – they are exactly where God wants them.
They are in the process of growing. He’s making them to be more like
III. FACT #3 – THE
RESPONSE TO TRIALS
response to our trials determines the outcome of our trials. Our trials either
make us or break us. It’s a matter of how we respond.
brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…” That’s
not the normal way we respond to adversity. Often times our first response is to
get angry and question why me, Lord. James said “count”
The word count is an accounting word that means to evaluate.
add up numbers to make the balance sheets come out right.
our trials don’t add up from our stand point or our perspective. They just
don’t add up or they just don’t make sense.
can count it all joy when we know that God is doing something wonderful in our
lives – something positive or something that will bring honor and glory to
Jesus while at the same time make us more like Jesus Christ.
James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed
I Cor. 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Remember this: A
good teacher only tests students on the information that has already
been taught. The teacher also wants the student’s to pass the test.
So, if you are going through a trial, God has already supplied you with the information needed to pass the test. God wants to pass you to the next level of spiritual maturity.
Ask in faith.
We must believe that when we ask God for help and wisdom He will give it to us.
He will give generously and liberally.
III. FACT #4, THE REWARD
OF THE TRIAL
1:12, “Blessed is the
man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of
life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” God says there will
be a reward. I don’t think when we get to heaven the rewards will go just to
the pastor, the evangelists or the men like Billy Grahams. The rewards will go
to the people who quietly put up with difficult situations that helped develop
the character of Jesus Christ in their life. Jesus said they’ll receive a
crown of life.
you learn to grow through your adversity?
your adversity drive you closer to God?
your adversity drive you away from God?
are a part of life.
have a purpose in life.
will provoke a response.
will bring forth their reward.
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