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

            to move

                        from our head

                        to our heart 

                        to our will

 

Don't just listen
Don't just know it

Do it!

 

 

 

                           TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS

                                   A positive approach: 

       suffering produces patience, character and wisdom.

                                              James 1

 

    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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