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This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings! Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

-James 1:1-2

Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

-2 Timothy 3:12

Because you know this testing of your faith will produce perseverance. So let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

-James 1:3-4

Perseverance: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, , or opposition that delays .

We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop perseverance. And Perseverance builds character which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us.

-Romans 5:3-5

We must persevere in running the race that is ahead of us. So, keep your eyes on Jesus who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

-Hebrews 12:1-2

1. When I don’t know what to do in the midst of the trial, I need to stop and .

If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won't correct you for asking.

 -James 1:5

2. I must guard against creeping into the process.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

-James 1:6-8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will show you which path to take.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

3. I must remain .

Believers in humble circumstances should be glad that God thinks so highly of them.

-James 1:9

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

-James 1:12

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. What trials are you currently facing and what are you learning from them?

2. Looking back at past trials how would you have handled them differently?

3. Which of the scriptures today impacted you? Why?

4. What else stood out to you in this message?

5. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this