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James 1:2-3 ” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

The only way you can become really good at something is to practice…whether it’s a sport, a musical instrument, or a newly discovered talent,  without practice, it’s just wishful thinking.  Today, this Scripture wants us to take a new and different attitude when faced with the trials in our lives.  It wants us to consider trials  as practice.  Every time we’re put to the test, we need to realized it’s a God-ordained crucible in which we are being purified.  In other words, trials equal refining…trials equal developing patience…trials equal suffering in the faith…trials are a chance to practice what we preach.

I Thessalonians 3:5 ” For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. “

Temptation in and of itself isn’t sin…but if acted upon, gives way to sin.  And temptation acted upon,  gives leave to a gateway or portal of evil into our very being.   Evil now has a foothold…a threshold into our lives that we can’t even imagine.  We’re all tempted on a daily basis, by endless means, all focused to cause us to fall into sin.  But we don’t have to give in…and we don’t have to permit that entryway to be established in our lives.  God is greater than any temptation that will befall you today.  Look to Him for guidance.

James 1: 2-3 ” Consider it pure joy my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Trials and temptations…we don’t like them.  We would  rather live  blissfully  in some kind of bubble insulated from the world and all bad stuff, but this scripture tells us otherwise.  It says as Believers we need to look upon trials and temptations with happiness…  because  by them we are refined in the crucible of Christ …becoming more like Him everyday.