Testing of Your Faith
My brethren, b count it all joy c when you fall into various trials,
d knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
e If any of you lacks wisdom, f let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and g it will be given to him.
h But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
he is i a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
but the rich in his humiliation, because j as a flower of the field he will pass away.
For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
k Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive l the crown of life m which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Then, n when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, o brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
p Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, q with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
r Of His own will He brought us forth by the s word of truth, t that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
Romans 5:3 - 5
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
1 Kings 3:9
"Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Proverbs 2:3 - 6
Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
"Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
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And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit.
Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned -
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
2 Corinthians 6:7
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:23
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.
That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect.
These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.