Here's How We Learn to "Count It All Joy"

by Charles Spurgeon

By degrees we learn to end our quarrel with God, and to desire that there may not be two wills between God and ourselves, but that God’s will may be our will. Oh, brother, if your troubles work you to that, you are a gainer, I am sure, and you may count them all joy.

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Messages: 65 Min

Just Ask… But Be Ready

by Jay Thomas at Chapel Hill Bible Church



by Laura Story
Acts 14:21-22 NIV

They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

Messages: 54 Min

The Purpose of Trials

by John MacArthur at Grace to You

James 1:12 ESV

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Video: 18 Min
by John Piper at Desiring God in his "Look at the Book" Video Series

The devil tempts,
that he may deceive;
but God suffers us to be tempted, to try us.
Temptation is a trial
of our sincerity.

Thomas Watson

The Relationship Between Trials and Temptation

by Charles Spurgeon

The natural tendency of trouble is not to sanctify, but to induce sin. A man is very apt to become unbelieving under affliction: that is a sin. He is apt to murmur against God under it: that is a sin. He is apt to put forth his hand to some ill way of escaping from his difficulty: and that would be a sin. Hence we are taught to pray, “Lead us not into temptation;” because trial has in itself a measure of temptation, and if it were not neutralized by abundant grace it would bear us towards sin. I suppose that every test must have in it a measure of temptation.

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1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.


Count It All Joy

by James Bolton
Messages: 28 Min

When Trouble Comes

by K. Marshall Williams


James 1:2-3 (Pure Joy)

by JumpStart3

I consider that our
present sufferings
are not worth comparing
the glory
that will be
in us.

Romans 8:18 NIV