Posts Tagged ‘count it all joy’

James 1:2-4: “No want state”

May 10, 2017

James 1--4

The blog entry for May 10, 2017 is based on the Word or the Phrase  for the Day: “No want state,” a powerful expression used by Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC.  He delivered a life-changing message entitled “A No Want State” based on James 1:2-4:

[Faith and Endurance] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

The New King James Version renders verse 4 this way:

But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The expression “no-want state” also came to mind, as I recalled a recent conversation with a fellow brother in Christ who shared that he was in the midst of intense spiritual warfare and experiencing challenging circumstances on every hand. In our walk with God, as we press on in our efforts to discover our purpose in the Father  and fulfill our destiny, we encounter all kinds of fiery trials. During these trying times when our faith is being tested, we are building our endurance as we wait on the Lord, who has promised to strengthen us. We, however, are not waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, but we are patiently waiting, as we strive to situate ourselves where we are “perfect and entire, wanting nothing”—in a “no want state,” the title of this poem:

“A No Want State”

 James 1:2-4

 

Right now we are striving to arrive at a “no want state,”

A place of assurance that God alone is in control.

In our zeal to please God, we learn to labor and to wait

While still running to serving the Lord as our life’s highest goal.

Pressed by enemies that seek to steal, kill, and to destroy,

Our ability to trust God is once more put to the test

In every fiery trial we trust God and count it all joy,

Especially in the midst of great turmoil and unrest.

God knows where we are at this time; nothing is by chance.

He has given freely of His spirit that we might know

In Christ we prevail despite any adverse circumstance.

When our faith is tested, our endurance will also grow.

As we yield to patience and allow her to have her way,

We are perfected to stay the course and trust and obey.

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

The Winans offer this reminder to “Count it all Joy.”

 

Situated in a “no-want state”

January 20, 2016

James 1--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 20, 2016 comes from James 1:2-3 (NLT) to which I add verse 4:

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

In the New Living Translation the words “Faith and Endurance” serve as a preface to this section of Scripture. The passage also brings to mind that as we wait on the Lord, we are not waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, as we encounter life’s fiery “trials” or “troubles” or “tribulations” or “tests.” Instead, the state in which we wait is the state of patience—we are patiently waiting. Not too long ago, I heard a message entitled “A No Want State,” a life-altering teaching related to James 1:2-4 based on the King James Version:

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

As believers, we strive to situate ourselves where we are “perfect and entire, wanting nothing—in a ‘no-want state,’ ” the title of this poem that opens with the section of scriptures from James 1:2-4:

“A No-want State”
James 1:2-4

Right now we are striving to arrive at a “no-want state,”
A place of assurance that God alone is in control
In our zeal to please God, we learn to labor and to wait
While still running to serving the Lord as life’s highest goal.
Pressed by enemies that seek to steal, kill, and to destroy,
Our ability to trust God is once more put to the test
In every fiery trial we trust God and count it all joy,
Especially in the midst of great turmoil and unrest.
God knows where we are at this time; nothing is by chance.
He has given freely of His spirit that we might know
That in Christ we prevail despite each adverse circumstance.
When our faith is tested, our endurance will also grow.
As we yield to patience and allow her to have her way,
We are perfected to stay the course and trust and obey.

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

We close as the Winans offer this musical reminder based on the passage from James: “Count it all Joy.”

A no want state

January 20, 2015

James 1--2-3

James 1:2-3 NLT

[Faith and Endurance] Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

The Verse of the Day for January 20, 2015 brings to mind that as we wait on the Lord, we are not to waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, as we encounter fiery trials. Instead, the state in which we wait is the state of patience—we are patiently waiting. Not too long ago, I heard a message entitled “A No Want State,” a life-altering teaching related to James 1:2-4.

As I was reflecting upon verse 2 I thought of the whole idea of trials as tests, as I recalled a poem that I wrote from the perspective of a “student/teacher”

All Tests

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and

Challenges come at you from all sides.” [The Message]

James 1:2

 

With zeal I make my calling and election sure,

As I attempt to complete yet another test.

Ever the eager student, I will do my best.

You promised good to me, your Word my hope secure.

Search me and know me—discern that my motives are pure.

My soul now anchored in hope; in you I find rest.

You are my light, even when times seem their darkest.

As a patient father who seeks to reassure

His son, so the Master Teacher shows His design:

All tests are formed not to punish but to refine.

Despite shortcomings and failures that I have made,

You are gracious and generous each time you grade.

With each assignment, I seek to excel, not just pass,

To graduate with honors, the first in my class.

As we encounter all kinds of fiery trials we as we wait on the Lord, we are not to waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, but we strive to situate ourselves where we are perfect and entire, wanting nothing—in a “no want state,” the title of this poem that opens with the section of scriptures from James 1:2-4:

 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

“A No Want State”

James 1:2-4

Right now I am striving to arrive at a “no want state,”

A place of assurance that God alone is in control

In my zeal to please God, I learn to labor and to wait

While still running to serving the Lord as my life’s highest goal.

Pressed by enemies that seek to steal, kill, and to destroy,

My ability to trust God is once more put to the test

In every fiery trial I trust God and count it all joy,

Especially in the midst of great turmoil and unrest.

God knows where I am at this time; nothing is by chance.

He has given freely of His spirit that I might know

In Christ I prevail despite any adverse circumstance.

When my faith is tested, my endurance will also grow.

As I yield to patience and allow her to have her way,

I am perfected to stay the course and trust and obey.

 

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

The Winans offer this reminder to “Count it all Joy.”

A Prayer for Patience

January 20, 2014

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

In thinking about the nine fruit of the spirit listed in the passage that is the Verse of the Day for March 19, 2014, I realize that one of those fruit seems to be in season for me. In a previous blog entry, I talk about one particular fruit of the spirit and that is longsuffering or patience. The entry “A Prayer for Patience” is re-posted here:

James 1--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 20, 2014 brings to mind that as we wait on the Lord, we are not to waiting in a state of anxiety, not in a state of doubt or fear, as we encounter fiery trials.  Instead, the state in which we wait is the state of patience—we are patiently waiting. I recently came across this poem that I wrote as related to this important fruit of the Spirit:

A Prayer for Patience

“My suggestion for people in a season of birth or upgrade   

is to write out a prayer for patience and pray it every day.”  

Graham Cooke


For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance,

so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God,

and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Hebrews 10:36 (Amplified Bible)

I look back and pause and then look ahead to see

Clearly who God is, who He wants to be for me.

I still journey down the road less traveled by

And pray that patience may serve as a trusted ally.

I must say “No” to the pressures of this life

And say “Yes” to the rest God gives, despite the strife.

As I stay my mind on Him, I abide in peace.

When I praise God, works of the enemy decrease.

May I remain and not fall by the wayside as some

But like Job wait until at last my change shall come.

Patient endurance seems delayed for some reason,

But fruit abounds to those who wait in their season.

I pray that in this time of transition and shift

That I embrace waiting as a wonderful gift.

Hebrews 10:36 also offers this reminder in the New Living Translation:

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Knowing this, we can count it all joy when we encounter various fiery trials that test our faith and build patient endurance.

The Winans offers this musical reminder to “Count it All Joy.”