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Week 50 Day 1
The James who wrote this letter is believed to be
the oldest of Jesus' brothers
He was not a disciple
nor did he travel with the disciples
during Jesus' ministry
There is even some indication in the Gospels
that James and his other brothers
were not supportive of Jesus' ministry
James was a skeptic who became a believer after Jesus' resurrection
and is spoken of as a leader and pillar
of the church in Jerusalem
His letter is addressed to the twelve tribes
meaning all Jews everywhere
His words are
simple and to the point
practical and workable
He knew that the gospel can change lives
because it had changed him
So he writes an application of the faith
which has realistic power
to deal with the problems
of every day living
He wants the words of scripture
from our head
to our heart
to our will
Don't just listen Don't just know it
TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS
A positive approach:
suffering produces patience, character and wisdom.
1James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
2Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4Let patience
have its perfect work, that you may be complete, lacking nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all
liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6Let
him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a
wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
9Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10but the rich
in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass
away in his pursuits.
12Blessed is the man who endures temptation; when he has
been approved, he will receive a crown of life which the Lord
has promised to those who love Him. 13Let no one say, "I am
tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does
He Himself tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when
he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15Then,
when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when
it is full-grown, brings forth death.
16Do not be deceived, my beloved. 17Every good and
perfect gift is from above, and comes from the Father of lights.
18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
19Let every one be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to
wrath; 20for wrath does not produce the righteousness of God.
21Lay aside all filthiness and wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
yourselves. 23 If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his
tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.
27Pure and undefiled religion is this: to visit orphans and widows
in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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