“You Have Not Because You Ask Not”: Explained in 6 Facts

We should not expect anything from God if we: 1. Do not pray (James 4:2), 2. Go through the motions of prayer without faith (James 1:6-8), 3. Pray from selfish motives (James 4:3), 4. Have evil characters or damaged relationships with others (James 4:1)

“You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2, Douay-Rheims Bible) is an often misunderstood and sometimes misapplied Bible verse in many Christian’s lives.  If we read it superficially, we could get a wrong impression. Does this verse mean that God is obligated to give us whatever we pray for? In a word, “No!” This […]

Count It All Joy When Facing Trials: 3 Resources for Christians

Three resources to count it all joy in trials: the Bible, prayer, and the Holy Spirit

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2).  What?! How is it possible to be joyful in the face of various trials? Are you confused? I am not surprised.  If you are like me, when I first read James 1:2, it was hard to understand this command and […]

Triumph Over Suffering: 5 Facts Every Christian Must Know!

a mature faith can only develop through trials, suffering, and adversity

Suffering means bearing pain, inconvenience, loss, or injury. And everyone, including Christians, will suffer at some point in their lives.  Suffering comes for many reasons, including:  Our personal sin and failure when we act foolishly (1 Pet. 4:15) Other people’s sins (such as a drunk driver causing an accident) Forces outside our control (such as […]

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