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Never Ever Give Up!

by on December 30, 2013

This morning the Metanoya family and I finished up our last sunday worship service of 2013! What an amazing and challenging year we had, but by the grace of God we made it through. Here’s a little about what we spoke about this morning:

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Mom sent me this photo about a year ago, and it served as the inspiration for this morning’s sermon. It clearly summarizes what God is saying in James 1:2-4

2. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 

Why does God allow trials to come into our lives? I believe He allows our faith to be tested in order to prove that our faith is genuine. 

Heres my dilemma with this verse. (I know very few preachers will tell you, ‘I have a problem with this verse’ but I do) Now, before you start ‘judging and criticizing’ what I am saying, here me out. I believe the Word of God with all of my heart, and I know that God seeks obedience, and that is what I am going to do, however, there are some verses I struggle with. I guess my biggest struggle is when ‘what I am reading and what I am living’ don’t match. Sometimes what I read in the Word and what is going on in my life are not in sync. For example: It’s hard for me to read, “for we are more than conquerers” when everything in my life is falling apart. Make sense?

Well, here in James is another one of those verses: 

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials. James 1:2

Now, the Bible says that I should rejoice when I go through trials? Ok…..”time out”! That is tough for me. You’re telling me that when I lose my job, have divisions in my family, lose a loved one, or go through a heartache I am supposed to be happy? I don’t know about you, but that is almost impossible for me. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t rejoice when I go through trials. 

But as we continue to read this verse, the Holy Spirit begins to open it up a little bit more. I believe that God is telling us “I don’t want you to rejoice because of the trial you are going through, I want you to rejoice because of what the trial is going to produce in you.” 

God has a purpose for every trial. There is purpose in the pain, and there is a message in the mess . I want to encourage you to hold on, trust God, and most importantly…NEVER, EVER GIVE UP. 

Happy New Year!! 

Pastor Jubal

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