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Consider His Invitation—Part 1

Consider His Invitation—Part 1

Rejoicing in Trials

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
James 1:1–4
When Decius became emperor of Rome in 249 AD, he wanted to unify the vast empire and restore the power over his subjects that had been lost through the years. The plan Decius came up with was to require every Roman citizen to make a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Everyone was required to perform this offering before a magistrate, and receive in return a document certifying that they had complied with the emperor’s order. For those who worshiped many gods, it was a small thing to sacrifice to one more, but for Christians, it was a great test of faith. The penalty for disobeying the edict w