Or light (Which God Is) in the darkness
“2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”
I have learned the true joy only comes from the spirit inside me, true joy is a feeling that washes over inside, feels like a warm bath from the inside out that surpasses the word happy but doesn’t go beyond “excited”. Joy is a good place to be when it’s happening.
I wish I had the strength and grace to be able to approach every trial and curve ball with a smile and an upward chin..I’m getting better at it..for example I didn’t lose it completely when I got into a car accident, I knew instantly that God had me in His hands and whatever was happening was supposed to be happening. I put my trust in Him and everything had worked out just fine as of this moment….
It would take true strength & grace, God size power to do that in every situation all the time – just telling yourself I’m now getting stronger … don’t forget it’s adding strength to me as a soldier for Him and His army.
verses 10-12 reminded me of one of the first Bible verses my son needed to learn for his Sunday school. Isaiah 40:8
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
But my favourite part of James one so far is “do the word” or more specifically “22 But be doers of the word”
Just don’t preach and not practice what you preach, don’t just collect a bunch of religious books and read them and show them off, don’t just give a lot of handshakes and a lot of lip service… but DO what you say and say what you DO.
I went back and reread the list of all the quotes that people think are in the Bible from Pastor Todd‘s last entry and it’s so funny how scripturally illiterate so many people are but they will stand and fight tooth and nail that what they say IS scripture! Mainly it was told to them by a false teacher and it was told to them prior to that and it is the same scriptural illiteracy being handed down, that’s why I’m asking you to go open a Bible today – not one on your phone , go flip through the pages.
Ask Him for the Spirit to come help in understanding Which ever paid you happen to open open to (if it’s not the chapter a day)
Contact me if you don’t feel anything or learn anything new or beautiful.
my prayer is as follows:
Lord please send the Spirit into me to be a filter throug my eyes and mind to get to my heart and soul to help me understand your word, to help something shine out of these words so something can grab me by my feelings and allow me to relate and learn and share. in your holy name I thank you, Amen