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My brethren, count it all joy
when you fall into various trials, 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.

(James 1:2-4)

You can rejoice in the midst of temptations! The reason you can rejoice is because God gives you the ability and power to overcome every temptation you face. He will never abandon you during a period of trial and testing.

The grace of God is sufficient to enable you to meet every obstacle victoriously. Let joy be your source of strength. (Neh. 8:10.) It is a very high form of faith. Joy releases the power of God to work in your behalf.

God tells you to rejoice in the very face of tests, trials, and temptations. By doing so, you are releasing your faith, and the power of God goes forth to overcome any barrier. Your rejoicing is in God, not in the test, trial, or temptation.

The reason many have not taken advantage of these verses is because they has been misunderstood. 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 for His grace that causes you to overcome and not for the situation. Praise God for what He has done for you instead of glorifying the devil for his attacks. There is a line between the two attitudes that is of the utmost importance.

As you rejoice in God's help 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. (James 1:4.)

DECLARATION OF FAITH

I am patient. I rejoice in all situations, for I know that God perfects me and supplies everything I need. I lack no good thing. God is Lord over every trial and temptation that tries to come my way, and He causes me to triumph in every situation.

Source: 101 Days of Absolute Victory by Billy Joe Daugherty
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

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