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Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
James 1:2

Persecution was the most common trial among Jewish believers in James’s time. Today, a trial can be a number of things: the loss of a job, a divorce, trouble with our children, severe financial strain, illness or death in the family, or relational problems over which we seem to have little control. Though our trials may not seem as severe as the persecution of James’s day, note that James does not say “if” we encounter trials, but “when” we encounter trials. And when these trials come, our first strategy, according to James, is to “count it all joy.”

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Victorious

The Lord your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
Deuteronomy 20:4

We don't become victors by conquering the enemy. We become victors through surrender to Christ. We don't become victors by our independence from the enemy. We become victors by our dependence on God.
The road to freedom is a paradox. To experience victory and freedom, we need to become captives. We need to develop minds captive to Christ. In this life, we are most free when our minds are most captivated by Him. Victorious lives flow from victorious thoughts. And thinking victorious thoughts comes from setting our focus on a victorious God.

Moore, B. (2007). Breaking free day by day: a year of walking in liberty. Nashville: B&H.

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That's Not Fair

It’s true that some of the most difficult and demanding seasons of our lives will seem grossly unfair. But we can expend so much energy whining about the unfairness of our situation that we have nothing left to invest in the real fight.

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