Spirit Filled Trials

Posted: 11th March 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
Be full with the Spirit and have Joy in your trials

Be full with the Spirit and have Joy in your trials

ARE YOUR TRIALS SPIRIT FILLED?

(Jas_1:2)
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

(Jas_1:3)
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

There is a reason James starts right out of the gate talking about trials in our lives. My guess is because our lives are made up of them. I know mine is. And James is trying to point out a couple of things here.

First he’s pointing out that we should “Consider it all joy”…. WHAT?

Gal_5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. And if you look through the scripture you’ll find that a lot of the time that the word joy is used, it is followed by the Holy Spirit.

Rom_14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Act_13:52  And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Rom_15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

That is just a few, there are many more… So if we are in trials and, we are filled with the Holy Spirit our faith will grow, and in that we can have joy.

James goes on to say;
Jas_1:4  “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

What in the world is James talking about here? How does endurance have a perfect result? Here is my thought; We are to go through our trials without complaints or rebellion, that is endurance. With faith and the Holy Spirit we should be learning and growing in our trials and we should have the wisdom to see that and ask God the right questions to have that perfect result. James tells us in the next verse that we need to ask for wisdom in our trials. But not only in trials, but in everyday life.

Jas_1:5  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Well that’s easy, or is it? Look at verse 6

Jas_1:6  But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

I believe this is where Joy and being filled with the Holy Spirit enters the equation. If we are filled with the Spirit during our trials, then when we ask God for guidance it is in faith and without doubting. So we could say here that without the Holy Spirit guiding us, we are like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

And then James adds
Jas_1:7  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,

Why would we expect anything from God if we don’t truly believe He is God, or if we have no idea who he is? It would be like walking up to a stranger on the street and asking them for 50 bucks! Would you really go to that person expecting them to give you 50 bucks? I don’t think so. So in the same way, why would you, not knowing God go to Him and expect something as great as wisdom?

So to wrap it up I would ask these questions;
Are you going through trials with peace and grace and joy?
Are you receiving from God the wisdom to navigate your trials?
If you answer “yes” then verse 5 is for you…and your doing verse 6.

If you answer “no”… Pray in faith and give your life wholly to the Lord. Make that commitment, give God what ever it is your holding back and let Him rule your life… Pray  for the Holy Spirit to fill you in every part of your life and seek Him everyday.. Do that, and you will never be the verse 7 man….