James 1:2-4 The Message Bible Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed not deficient in any way.
Do you realize you can rejoice even in the midst of any temptation!
The reason you can rejoice is because God gives you the ability and power to overcome every temptation you face.
In John 16:33 AMP Jesus said, I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
He will never abandon you any time you are being tested. The grace of God is sufficient to enable you to meet every obstacle victoriously.
Let joy be your source of strength as it says in Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.
It is a very high form of faith. Joy releases the power of God to work on your behalf.
God tells you to rejoice in the very face of tests, trials and temptations, because Jesus has already deprived it of power to harm you. Remember by you rejoicing you are releasing your faith and the power of God goes forth to overcome any barrier. Your rejoicing is IN God not in or for the test, trial or temptation.
The reason many have not taken advantage of these verses is because they have been misunderstood. Many people could not reconcile rejoicing over tests, trials and temptations. If someone continually gives thanks for temptations, they actually open the door for more tests and trials to come.
Learn to thank God IN the situation not FOR it - thank Him FOR His grace that causes you to overcome the situation.
Praise God for what He has done for you instead of glorifying the devil in his attacks. There is a fine line between the two attitudes that is of the utmost importance.
As you rejoice in God's grace to overcome the temptation you will be standing on the Word in faith. This is called patience or steadfastness. As you are patient and consistent, God promises you will be perfect and entire, wanting nothing as James 1:4 says.