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Spiritual Muscle Building

James 1:2-4

Verse 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

We already know that we will face trials and that, as Christians, we are to choose joy but what is the benefit of choosing joy in the troubles that we face? That is what James starts to show us in today’s key verse. Facing our trials with a focus on what God is wanting to do in our lives is what will eventually help us grow in our spiritual life.

Let’s pause a moment and discuss this desire to grow spiritually. It is easy to just plug along in our life and not think about intentionally growing in our spiritual walk. Too often we miss our need to grow. We either think that we are mature enough already – filled with pride like the Pharisees – or maybe it is just because we are happy enough with where we are because growth is too hard and we don’t see a need to become a “fanatic” in our faith.

One thing we must be intentional about is our spiritual growth. James is going to be helping us know how to go about being intentional about it. In our key verse today, James is helping us remember that God never makes mistakes and if we are facing trials in life it could be that God is trying to help us grow.

This knowledge that sometimes we face trials so we can grow should awaken us to the fact that God intends for us to grow and not just maintain a status quo. He is intentional about us growing and so we need to be aware and seeing where we can grow through these things that seem to disrupt our lives. And then we need to remember that nothing happens in our live that is outside the sight of our ever loving Father.

With this in mind we turn our attention back to the main thought in our verse for the day – that choosing joy in our trials helps us grow because trials test our faith and the testing of our faith results in our growing in perseverance. And perseverance allows us to continue walking close to God as we journey through life. Perseverance grows our spiritual muscles so that we don’t cave to the pressure of the enemy as easily. God desires us to grow so that we can be who He needs us to be to do what He wants us to do.

Making It Personal

How deep is your desire to grow spiritually? What steps are you taking to grow? Are you willing to endure difficulties to grow spiritually?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to grow spiritually? Did you know that when Jesus was a boy He had to grow too? Read Luke 2:52.

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for wanting us to grow to be more like You. Please give us the wisdom and guidance to grow. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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