How Do I Count It Joy When I Am in Pain?

James 1:2-4 NIV

2     Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

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

4     Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything

  1. Praise is our weapon

Psalm 22:3 KJV – But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Acts 16:25 NIV – About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them

Psalm 150:6 NIV – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

  1. God’s promises are tried and true

Isaiah 41:10 NIV – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 73:26 NIV – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Isaiah 40:29 NIV – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

  1. God provides all of our needs

Matthew 6:26 NIV – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. … Are you not much more valuable than?

Genesis 3:21 NIV – The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Psalm 81:10 NIV – I am the LORD your God. I rescued you from Egypt. Just ask, and I will give you whatever you need. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

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