Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
— James 1:2-4, NLT
We must have faith in God. “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Our faith is to be tried by trials and temptations, that patience may have her perfect work and we may be perfect, wanting nothing. We know nothing about the strength of our faith until it is tried. You may not understand the way in which God is leading you, you may not be filled with joy, but may be in heaviness because of temptation; but in all this it is your privilege to say, “I believe the Lord will give me the things I have asked for. I can and will trust God.” When you have done this, be thankful, knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Plead the promise of God. He says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” Come to God with all your needs. Don’t go to others with your trials and temptations; God alone can help you. If you fulfil the conditions of God’s promises, the promises will be fulfilled to you.
When we talk discouragement and gloom, Satan listens with fiendish joy; for it pleases him to know that he has brought you into his bondage. Satan can not read our thoughts, but he can see our actions, hear our words; and from his long knowledge of the human family, he can shape his temptations to take advantage of our weak points of character. And how often do we let him into the secret of how he may obtain the victory over us. O, that we might control our words and actions!
As you would believe in a friend, so you are to trust God... You are to believe that Jesus knows just what you need, and will supply all your wants; so you can go on in faith, saying, “I have laid my burden upon the Lord, and I will not lay it upon any human being. God will hear and answer my prayers.”... believe that God will do just as he has said, and rest your whole weight on his promise.
We have a truth that will sanctify the soul, if we will only allow it to work in us and make us holy. Shall we be sanctified through the truth? May God help us to let his grace and light into our souls.
— The Review and Herald, February 27, 1913
When trials come it is your privilege to say, “I believe the Lord will give me the things I have asked for. I can and will trust God.” Be thankful when you do this.
Plead the promises of God. If you lack wisdom, ask God who gives liberally to all and it shall be given to you. Ask in faith and do not waver.
Trust in God saying, “I have laid my burden upon the Lord, and I will not lay it upon any human being. God will hear and answer my prayers.”
Believe that God will do just as He said and rest your whole weight on His promises.