Join us this summer for a review of the book of James, “Living a Life of Faith” by Angie K. Smith. If you were unable to complete the lessons in our spring study, or if you missed out on our study of James, here’s your chance. We will be reviewing the Book of James beginning on June 5th. There will be no small groups to join. Instead, we will have weekly blog posts each Monday morning where we can all join in the conversation at a time that is convenient for you throughout the week.
This powerful study of James is for everyone whose faith wavers and you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. Have you ever had days like that? I do quite often, and this study changed my outlook on so many of the trials I am going through today so that I can respond in a more positive and joyful manner instead of feeling defeated. Don’t let defeat and despair get you down. It is possible to remain joyful in painful circumstances, but it’s only through Jesus Christ that we are able to do that.
“Seeing our trials as tools in the hands of a loving God is not enough; we must let God accomplish what He desires.”
We cannot control something that is beyond our control and that results in frustration and feelings of failure. But what we can do is let God work through us as we go through trials. How do we do this? Well, first of all we have to be in His Word daily and to stay closely connected to Him through prayer to keep our faith strong.
James tells us to “Consider it all joy 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 1:2-4.
James doesn’t say if trouble comes your way but when it does. We will no doubt suffer many trials in our journey through life on planet earth. So you may be asking, “am I supposed to be happy when difficult times come?” Of course not, but we can have a positive outlook and turn our hardships into times of learning and trusting God. This is how our character is strengthened in a godly fashion, and God can use our lives as a testimony to help others through their struggles and show them how to depend on God.
So let’s join together in another round of James so that we will be complete, lacking in nothing.
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Last, but not least, don’t forget to register for our Fall and Winter Inductive Bible Studies Philippians and Colossians “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson. We will begin the study of the book of Philippians on August 21, 2017 and Colossians will begin on September 16, 2017. Register click here.