Our series on James continues this weekend. The message will focus on James 1: 12-18:
"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
Remaining "steadfast under trial" is actually a choice one can make. We feel overwhelmed and often out of control when it comes to trials and temptations. James makes it clear that there are specific steps we can take to move from being a victim to a victor. If you have ever felt defined by failure every time you face a trial or temptation, then this message is incredibly important. See you this weekend!