Written by Mark Hankins
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
I used to eat microwave popcorn just about every night and got pretty good at making it! It took exactly three minutes and 45 seconds in our microwave. If I was going to watch a football game, I would put a bag in the microwave, set the time and get my soda ready.
Then I would come back to check the progress of the popcorn. I’d look through the window (that’s why they put them there), and nothing would seem to be happening. One minute, then two and a half minutes would go by, and nothing changed. The bag was still lying motionless in the microwave. Just when I was about to give up, I’d hear, “Pop!” Then, I’d hear another, “Pop, Pop!” For the next minute, that sound would fill the kitchen until the entire bag was popped!
It is the same principle with the things you are believing to receive from God. You have God’s promises from the Word, but at times it seems like nothing is changing—nothing is happening! Just as I had to do with that bag of popcorn, you’ve got to keep on waiting. You’ve got to keep your joy level set on high and expect to receive!
James 1:2 says you’ve got to count it all joy. I like what James 1:3 say in the Berkeley Translation “…well aware that the testing of your faith brings out steadfastness. But let steadfastness have full play, so that you may be completed and rounded out with no defects whatever."Joy gives you patience and staying power!
Joy gives you patience or staying power. It helps you to stay in a position of faith while God is working a miracle in your life, while He’s working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)! If you rejoice while you wait for the answers to your prayers, it won’t be long until you hear “pop!”Turn It up to Ten Joy!
Consider it maximum joy, my brothers, when you get involved in all sorts of trials… - James 1:2 (Berkeley)
He did not say that it was a “joy” to have multiple troubles. He said to “count it joy.” Look at your problems and count. One joy…two joy…three joy…then laugh at the devil! What Satan meant for evil. God is turning around for your good. Jesus paid too high a price for your victory for you to be defeated. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Jesus paid too high a price for your victory for you to be defeated!
One time I put my bag of popcorn in the microwave, set the timer, and walked away to do something else. When I returned, the bag had not popped. How disappointing! I checked the time and then I checked the bag. Finally, I looked at the setting on the microwave and I found the problem! Someone had set the microwave on defrost! I said, “Trina, did you set the microwave on defrost?” She replied, “Yes dear.” So I turned it back on high, set the time again, and soon I hear that “pop” that I expected.
Maybe you have not been getting any answers to prayer and victory seems lost. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve heard a “pop” in your life. Check your joy level. You may need to get your rejoicing off defrost and set it on high!Read More...