Monthly Archives: June 2013

Count it all Joy my brethren.

Apostle James is encouraging twelve tribes of Israel who are scattered abroad. They are not in their own country, but are away from all their loved ones. Apostle Peter also encourages the brethren who are strangers and are scattered abroad. God has taken us from this world and given the right to become His children. So we are no more of this world, but are strangers in this world. Since we are not of this world, the world hates us. We have God and His children on our side. From the beginning of the Bible, we see that God was with those people who thought that they were alone. When Hagar was in the desert all alone with her child, the bread and water provided by Abraham got finished. But God opened a fountain for her in the desert. We see that Elijah was all alone in the cave, but the still voice of God strengthened him. Both Hagar and Elijah were so engrossed in their problems that both could not see and hear God. We also sometimes,while we go through fiery trials, tend to think too much about the problems. So much so that our eyes of faith grows dim and ears of faith gets closed. Let us see in our spirit and hear the still voice of God while we are tested. Further, we see one man called John who
was sent to the Isle of Patmos all alone. But in the Lord’s Day, he was in the Spirit. He not only heard the voice of Jesus, but also saw the glorified God in the vision. Let us walk by faith when we fall into different trials. The body of Christ goes through various problems and trials. It is vital to consider certain things while we live in this wilderness. Bible says; Count it all joy when ye fall into different temptations. You may ask, “is this practical? “ How can we be joyful in all our trials? It is easy to pretend to be joyous but hard to be joyful. Bible does not ask us to pretend being Joyous but to be joyful. Joy is the fruit of the Spirit and only God can give you joy in the times of trials. We can stay joyful when we stay in Spirit. No branch can bear the fruit of joy until and unless it abides in the true vine. In times of trouble, it is better to abide in God than to be gripped up with fear. The constant communion with God is very important while we go through the valleys. These are simple truths which we forget to follow in times of trials. God knows our faith and He doesn’t need to test us to know us. He tests us so that we know where we stand. There is genuine faith and counterfeit faith. Genuine faith is precious in the sight of God and is like gold. Counterfeit faith is not gold, but is coated with gold. It looks like gold but when it is put in fire, you will not see it anymore. Genuine gold will come out purified with better shining.

Apostle James says that; ‘know this, that the trying of our faith works patience.’ We need the knowledge of God when our faith is tested. Because godly knowledge produces faith and faith in God is the firm ground which helps us to stand in trials. (Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ) ‘If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask God without doubting who gives liberally to all.’ As I said earlier, we must live in Spirit to walk in the joy of the Lord. But let us see how
we can count it all joy when we are tested. We can pray for all who are going through tough times of life. God will encourage them through His word, so that they do not go weak, but have faith that pulls down the strongholds. Amen

My brethren, how we can count it all joy when we are tested. First of all understand that…

God has allowed it– This truth gives us immense strength that what we are going through is allowed by God and that He is in full control. He is aware of it and He knows what he is doing. There are several verses in the Bible which
proves that God allows some fiery trials in our life. John 6:6 says, ‘ for he said this to test him for he himself knew what he will do.’ Jesus wanted to check the response of Philip when he saw 5000 men. There was a great multitude in front, but a very little amount in hands to meet their needs. Philip was looking how much he had in his hands to meet their needs. He was not looking at Jesus. We tend to look at ourselves in trials. But have we looked upon Him who knows what to do next? Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tested by Satan. It is not important where we are led into, but it is important who has led you into. Some are led to fire, while some are led to waters and desert. Wherever we are lead to, remember that its God himself who leads us. Has he left us alone? No. Jesus said “I am with you till the ends of the earth.” All that happened in the life of Christ was allowed by God. Acts 2:22-24, ‘ Ye men of Israel, hear these words Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you,as ye yourselves also know. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be Holden of it.’ God delivered Jesus Christ into the hands of men and by their wicked hands, they crucified Him. But our God raised Him up from the death. Consider Jesus Christ brethren. The One who led us into trials is able to bring us out of it with more power. Amen

It is for our good– Apostle James says that, know this that the trying of our faith works patience and we have to allow patience to do her perfect work. Another meaning of patience is lack of complaint. Many Israelites died in the wilderness because they complained and grumbled against God and his servant. Their complain on each and everything shows that they lacked patience. Since they lacked patience, they could not wait for God. So, they ended up doing lots of things which were against the will of God. It is during our trial days when we trust more on God and learn the statutes of God through our affliction. When our character puts on patience, it makes us perfect. In other words, we grow matured in the knowledge of Christ, whole and wanting nothing. Genuine gold is not destroyed but is purified in the fire. Our true faith is also like the genuine gold. It gives us joy when we reckon that God has put me in the test to bless me and not to destroy me. God purges his children so that they bear much fruit and be holy like He is holy.

Every Child of God is tested – One child failed in all his subjects. When his parents asked him the reason, he said that his fellow friends also failed…I have used this example to make it simple…When the boy found that his friends had also failed in the exam, his failure gave him little pain. When we come to know that our brothers in Christ are also tested like us, it gives us relief and the burden to pray for them. John 15 says that every branch that bears fruit is purged. Note it …’every’ branch and not ‘some’ branch. Every one who wants to live godly life goes through various trails. You are not alone. Even your brothers and sisters in Christ are going through various trials. Devil always tells you that
you are alone in this suffered. But its not the truth. We have a great cloud of witnesses who went through lots of trials. Jesus Christ is our best example who was tested in the desert and went through suffering. May God bless you with this message. Do not get engrossed in your problems but hold onto God who is able to deliver you. My brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers tests. 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. James 1:2-4

The grace of Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen