Got this from the book Developing A Faith That Works by Rick Warren
FOUR FACETS OF LIFE YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Problems are inevitable.
- Problems are unpredictable.
- Problems are variable.
- Problems are purposeful.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-3
THREE VALUES OF PROBLEMS
- Problems PURIFY my faith.
- Problems FORTIFY my patience.
- Problems SANCTIFY my character.
The testing of your faith produces perseverance… so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:3b-4
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR PROBLEMS
1.REJOICE. We do not rejoice FOR the problem. We rejoice IN the problem.
In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:18
If anyone of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives reasonably without forgetting fault, and it will be given to you.
3.RELAX. Trust God.
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt. James 1:6