Trials: Produce Endurance – Part 1  James 1:3

What must I know to endure my trials?

Yesterday, we finished looking at ‘trials test our faith’

Today, we will focus on what we need to ‘know’ to endure trials.

Open GODcha to the Book of James.

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Let’s Begin Today With Prayer

Make us know Your ways, O LORD; Teach us Your pathsLead us in Your truth and teach us, For You are the God of our salvation; For You we wait all the day, (Psa 25:4-5).


LOOK at What God SAYS 

LOOKING is Where We Spend Our Time!

Let GODcha lead the way.

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Where will you begin?

Do you know why I keep asking you this?

We have become so accustomed to listening to man, rather than to God!

Our tendency is to run to a commentary and read another person’s discovery.


This is where we need to change our mindset.

I want to help you see that you can discover truth for yourself and have your own personal encounter with your Creator!


READ God’s Word

Read James 1:2-4.

 True Faith Endures Trials >

Ask the 5W’s and H Questions.

Remember you are burying Truth down deep within.


 According to v3,

What should we know?

What is being produced through our testings?


Know: the testing produces endurance.

We see: there is a purpose; there is a product.


Unlock the Meaning of the Text

Let’s LOOK at knowing, and then endurance that are both Key.


Understand God’s Words

 Check Out the Meaning

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What does ‘knowing’ mean?

Knowingginoâskō; in the sense of to understand or comprehend in our minds; in a completed sense.


TIP: Remember to take what you have learned back to the text, to see what it means in its context.

knowing [to understand/comprehend] that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”


Truth Explains Truth

LOOK at the Cross References (CR) for ‘Knowing

Cross References/Word Search Tutorial >

1st, Try this on your own. 

Remember you are spending time with the Lord.

And when you do the digging you will remember what God shows you.  


Let’s See How You Did!

What do you and I need to know?

1. We LOOKED at this, but we need to know who brings the trials, the testings?  

What do you learn from (2Co 12:7-10)?

Know: God brought the trial to Paul, using Satan as His instrument.

Understand: Satan is under God’s control. Jesus tells us Satan must get permission. (Luk 22:31-32)

Understand: It is NOT Satan who puts us through a trial.

Understand: God ALLOWS Satan to bring a trial against us for His purposes.



What might the Spirit be asking?

Do I know, really understand, it is God who brings my trials?

Have I been guilty of blaming others, and/or Satan for my trials?

How does knowing God brings my trials change my attitude about trials?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


Let’s Stop Here For Just a Second!

The LOOK Section encourages us to:

Zoom in on God, because He is always, always Key.

As we go through these Truths, and you begin to get to know God and His ways,

Note all you are learning about God and in your hardbound Bibles if possible.

I have begun a List.


Reflect on The List. It can be used:

~To look to often to help you bury these Truths down deep in your heart.

~At difficult times – to strengthen and encourage you at difficult times.

~To aid you in praising God, and praying according to Truth.

Let’s Focus on God.

3. What should we know about God who brings the trials?


~the LORD is great,  

~above all gods,  

~whatever He pleases, he does. (Psalm 135:5-6)


b. Know:

~the LORD exercises lovingkindness,


~righteousness on the earth. (Jer 9:23-24)


c. Know:

God is the LORD,

~there is no other,

~forms light,

~creates darkness,

~causes well-being,

~creates calamity. (Isa 45:6-7)



~God rules over all (that means our trials),

~He does according to His will,

~no one can thwart His plan. (Dan 4:34-35)


What do I know and believe about God? 

As I go through this list about God…

Do I believe and know all of these Truths about God who is LORD? 

How does knowing God give me security and peace of mind in my trials?

What am I doing to grow and know God more intimately?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!



How can you and I trust God if we don’t know Him?

How does knowing who God is and what He does – help us get through our trials?

Do you see the difference it can make in your life to truly know God?


What Did We LEARN?

Lets Sum It Up!

We must know, have an understanding mind:

About God and what God is doing – He is at work!

God is: LORD; great; and above all gods.

God does what He pleases.

God exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness.

God is the LORD who is to be known and boasted in.

God is the LORD, there is no other.

God forms light and creates darkness.

God brings well-being, but also calamity.

God rules over all and brings the trials.

We must know, have an understanding mind:

That our faith is being tested!

The testing produces endurance.

HINT: Copy and paste this List about God into your Notes.


Let’s Bring Today to a Close

Reflect and Meditate on all you are learning.

God is revealing Himself to us.

He is giving us Truth about Himself, so you and I will know Him and His ways.

Tell Him you want to know Him,

NOT just ‘know about Him.

Soak it all in and don’t miss what He is saying!


Record Your Discovery in Your Notes

I want to encourage you to put the Definitions and Cross References NOT only in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:2-4.

Don’t forget to begin that List on God.

Yes, do it now, or you won’t.

Video Tutorial >   Notes Tutorial>


Turn What We Have LEARNED Into Prayer


OH MOST HIGH GOD, we bow before You who rule and reign over the host of heaven and the inhabitants of this earth; and no one can thwart Your hand, (Dan 4:34-35). Oh Father, we want to be a people who know You, not just know about You. We want to know You, really and truly know You and Your ways! Oh Father, help us to see the bigger picture, the bigger scope of it all, that goes beyond our simple lives! Help us to be able to live far beyond our comfort zone! Oh, may we grasp hold of the Truth that You are the One who brings well-being, but also calamity. Please forgive us for the many times we have blamed others, and/or Satan for our trials. May we know that we know, and understand that You bring the trials. You bring them to purify us and bring about endurance. May knowing this make a huge impact on how we move forward and respond to our struggles. May we consider it all joy, trusting You, and resting in You in the midst of it all. We ask this in Jesus name! Amen!


Next: We will LOOK @ Trials produce endurance.

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Janette has started Bible studies everywhere God has moved her—most filling up to over a 100 men, women, young adults and kids. She continues to make disciples and raise up leaders, training and teaching the Word of God.

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