We are currently in Moffett, OK where a historic flood damaged every home and building from major rains that happened upriver this summer.  We're rebuilding 3 homes and also helping others as we can, trusting The LORD to help us keep our commitments.  Unfortunately we've struggled to get volunteers, even locals to help us, which is truly sad.  We're set up to handle volunteers so if you're interested in learning more about joining us, click here.  There is also a volunteer availability calendar on that page. If you're interested in financially supporting Calvary Relief, click here.  

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Disaster Pastor

Curt Hencye

Joy In Trials??

James is writing his letter to the scattered church. Have you ever thought about that? Why were they scattered? Because of persecution!

And what's the first thing he tells the Christians who were forced to flee from imminent persecution?  Be joyful!

I used to think that he wasn't telling them to be joyful because they had a trial but rather to be joyful in it, but the more I know The LORD the more I believe it's really both!

Every person who ever lives on this earth will experience troubles and hardships, that's just life. Some we bring on ourselves, some others bring on us, and some are just a result of a sin filled and satan ruled world. But regardless of where they come from, they come!

In my life, I've done many things to bring trouble into my life and to some around me and for those incidences I've suffered and hopefully learned a few things as they say, the hard way.  I'm also sorry that I've affected others with my "foolish" behavoir and I pray that I'd become more like Christ and not be part of trials in other's lives!

Jesus promised us in John 16:33 that we would have trouble in this world but He then said that it will be ok because He's overcome the world and that means we can overcome satan and his power!

I don't believe that Jesus and James were talking about all the stupid situations that I'm always putting myself in as I discussed above, but rather that the trouble they were referring to are the attacks by the enemy when we're living all out for The LORD.  

Jesus says will be ok, the victory is His. Like the old hymn, O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! (YouTube Video Link)

Then James elaborates more, telling us to take joy in them!  First, because if the enemy is coming against us, then we must be doing something to further God's Kingdom and not ours!  

Secondly, as James 1:3-4 says, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

This process of going through trials and tribulations (troubles that we aren't bringing on ourselves) is needed in our lives to make us who The LORD wants us to be, which is more like His Son, Jesus Christ!

Believer, if you don't experience these trials then you're not going to grow. So get in The Word and on your knees and seek His face and ask Him what needs changed in your life to die to yourself, take up your cross daily, and live for Christ!  (John 12:24-25Matthew 16:24)

So yes, we're to be joyful becuase the trials that God allows us to go through are ultimately for our own good if we allow The LORD to make us more like Christ.  We need to be joyful both for the trial and while we're going through the trial knowing that He who began a good work in us will complete it.  (Philippians 1:6)

If you're living for Him, then ask Jesus for wisdom as you go through your trials to know what work He wants to do in your life! (James 1:5-8) Trust me, God has plenty He wants to do if we'll just let Him! Amen?

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to learn more about living a life with Jesus!

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