Are you having a hard time having joy through temptations in which you find yourself? Make no mistake about it, we’ve all been there and will be there again. But some of us have learned a few things through it all; and sometimes it’s helpful to hear from them on the mountain, when you are struggling in the valley. But first, can I share another popular verse with you? You remember it surely. “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.”
“When things go bad, don’t be sad. It takes simple resistance to overcome mad with glad!”
Let’s dissect and define a couple of words. The word count here means to consider. Consider it all joy when you fall into divers – again, the same meaning as Peter’s word manifold – or various temptations.
What is a Temptation?
Now what exactly is a temptation? Is it something sinful that you want? Peter taught, as James says, that if you would just count it joy to resist that temptation, you will receive patience. And that patience will have its perfect work, and you will be made entire or whole.
My friend, do you ever feel as though you are facing multiple temptation examinations, and are having a difficult time maintaining joy in the midst? You face whammy after whammy and say, “I would have more joy if I knew there was going to be an end in sight, but it just seems as though this will never end!”
Words mean things and our RU definition teaches us that at times like this, we are actually lacking the cheerful, calm delight and rejoicing in our particular circumstances. Instead, we yield to the frustrations of life. This position can seriously be a place of misery.
Biblical Joy Through Temptations
Yet, we know in our hearts we are to have joy because the Bible says “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” But, how do we obtain this joy while being battered and shattered over and over again?
The Bible speaks of two ways in which we are to overcome or resist evil and the evil one. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.”
Let me reiterate, it is through the resistance of the temptation that we experience His spiritual release of joy. We have such a testimony in our lives, times past and in recent times, I am sure. As well, we have the testimony of others, whom have faced temptation and overcame the evil one-oh what joy exudes from the VICTORIOUS Christian life. When I am able though Christ to resist over and over again temptations that come my way, then I will have the “right to delight in my victory over the Dark Knight.”
Real Joy is Found on the Cross