Count It All Joy

James 1:2-4–My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

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Count it all joy–Don’t be sad, downcast, or pity yourself when varieties of temptations and trials come your way.  Face them and deal with them in the spirit and not in the flesh.  Look upon them with the renewed mind.  It is only in the spirit and with the renewed mind that we can count it all joy and with understanding no matter when, where, how or what kind they may be.

Knowing this–First, know this, that our temptations and trials are a test of our faith.  They try our faith to determine its strength.  Faith is associated with our spirit and not the flesh.  When we walk in the spirit we walk by faith.  When we walk in the flesh we walk by sight.  Second, we must know and understand that the trying of our faith exercises and produces patience.  Patience is at work and grows when facing and dealing with trials and temptations.  Third, we must know and understand that those things that try and tempt us, strike us at our weakest points or they would not require patience and would not try or test our faith.  Therefore it reveals something to us about ourselves; things we need to work on.

Let patience have her perfect work–Through the trials and temptations let patience grow strong and come to completion in perfectly contending with and overcoming the trials and temptations and thus make us complete and entire, lacking in nothing.

It is only when we face and deal with our temptations and trials with this knowledge and understanding that we can count it all joy.  To God be the glory.