October 18, 2015 – How to Take a Test, Part 1

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Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

“To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.” –Arthur Schopenhauer

     In the book of James, we are given instruction on how to endure hardship and trouble. Specifically, in the first chapter, the half-brother of Jesus teaches us how we can take a test when the trials of life come our way. There are four admonishments we are given; today we will look at the first two. (James 1:2-3)

Examine Your Attitude in the Trial. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation.” The world will never recognize the adversity you face as a believer; they will only recognize the attitude you displayed while going through the adversity. To be honest, naturally speaking, nothing in me wants to be joyful about hardship. But we can count it “all” joy knowing that God works “all” things for good. Are you taking your test with the right attitude?

Understand the Actuality of the Trial. “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Ultimately and inevitably, everything we face in life goes back to our faith. Notice: There are “divers temptations” or “all kinds of tests” that we face; however these tests are merely avenues in which our faith is being tried. Whether it is finances, emotions, relationships, or health issues, the actuality of the trial is how it affects your faith.

Daily Reading: Mark 8-9

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