God only brings things that serve our long-term good. Start with that. Whatever you are going through be confident in what God allows to come into your life.
Those who fix their eyes on the eternal rewards and never stop dreaming of what God has in store for those who love him. James is speaking about persistent endurance.
When James speaks of joy in Jewish tradition, joy is what theologians like to call “eschatological joy.” That means a joy in what God will bring about in the end of history.
We will discover a series of themes. They will include everything from how to stand up under both trials and temptations an explanation and a description of what constitutes true religion or to put it in terms that we are most comfortable with authentic spirituality.
The Bible tells Christians to confess their sins regularly. Jesus taught us to do it in the Lord’s Prayer. He taught us that when we pray, we are to pray, “forgive us our sins.”
Psalm 32 gives hope to all who have sinned badly. And it is to this matter, this matter of joy of worship, of the gladness of the forgiven people of God, that have been cleansed, that is what I want to address today in this message.