James 1:2-8

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 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. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

When facing adversity, this is the opportune time to praise God.  Normally when the hard times and trouble comes, the natural instinct is to tuck tail and run; we look for instant rescue.  Listen, God does not hide the fact that trouble will come for Christians, remember He has already made a way of escape.

We should really begin to place value on hardship.  How do you do that?  When you begin to compare the Word to the situation and understand, and know, God has the answer for every situation.  The Word declares, “There is nothing too hard for God.”  Now, you declare it!

Listen, you don’t have to be worried today, about anything.  Know that the devil will try you.  Be ready when you get up, confront him and tell him to bring his best shot; and while he’s moving, you get to steppin’ with God.  Your victory is sure.

Overcoming means to go up over, get this, “Go, up, over.”  This is the process of growth, the Father wants to bring you through it and out of it.

Things to do to experience joy in adversity:

Denial:  having joy in adversity is not denying the trouble, but, a getting-up, keep moving… believe what God said

Complaining:  it is appropriate to pray when going through trials; don’t complain while going…this is a great time to praise a great God!

**Listen, people need to see you moving and winning.

Self-pity:  “Poor Me syndrome”: Continue in obedience to the Lord’s commands, our obedience will cause perseverance to show up; it will be our testament. 

**Learn to obey God over your own intellect, desires, etc. 

**Obedience is going to get you far more than grace, why…grace is to cover your shortcoming.

Most of our trials are a result of our Christian walk; from the day we accepted Christ, all kinds of trouble came.  Why?  Because Jesus suffered, and we too, must suffer.  This walk is hard to live, and even harder without a relationship in Christ.

There is victory waiting for you.  Count it all joy, when you fall into diverse situations.  When the Enemy comes against you like a flood, the Lord lifts up a standard against him.  God wants us whole and complete, wanting nothing.

Make the decision today, to keep your joy.  Choose Christ, then follow Him.