Question 1: If God loves me why do I have to go through this painful experience?
A. “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:3 NLT
- Faith tested produces endurance. Endurance is the ability to go through an unpleasant or difficult process without giving in.
- Your endurance has a chance to grow.
Question 2: Why is it wrong for me to question or doubt God’s ability after I pray?
A. “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 NLT
- Divided loyalty brings about instability. Instability is erratic and unpredictable behavior.
- So when you ask God, be sure that your faith is in God ALONE.
Question 3: Why do I feel good some days and other times I am so sad?
A. “Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:8 NLT
- Pleasing God and the World brings about chaos
- Moods could change without warning because of instability and disbelief in God’s promises…going back and forth between belief and disbelief creates instability.
Question 4: I’ve been praying for a house for years and nothing seems to be working in my favor, how can I know that God is hearing me?
A. “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.” James 1:12 MSG
- When you face a challenge that demands courage – you’re mighty fortunate. It shows that you’re faithful and loyal to God. And you are going to trust God come what may.
- For those who live by faith, must not worry because you rest in full assurance that God cares about everything in your life. The reward is life and more life. Your desire to be loyal to God moves the hand of God in ways you may not fully see until it’s fully revealed.
Question 5: I’m a Christian but I struggle with temptation. Why would God allow me to be tempted?
A. “Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” James 1:13-15 MSG
- God is unable to be affected by sin. He doesn’t put evil in anyone’s way.
- The temptation to do evil comes from us and us only.
- Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby calls, sin!
Question 6: How can I get rid of my anger?
A. “Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:19-21 MSG
- Lead with your ears. Follow with your tongue, and let anger straggle behind you
- God’s righteousness does not grow from human anger
- Throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. Let God landscape you with the Word
Question 7: Is anything wrong in seeking counsel from my ungodly friends?
A. “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! ” James 1:22-24 MSG
- Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly
- We cannot avoid getting counsel from our ungodly family and friends – but the final decision lies totally in your hands. Getting counsel from those who share your faith in God is called Wisdom.
Resilience is knowing that YOU are the ONLY one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.