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James 1:1-27
Reasons to Rejoice
Published September 28th, 2019
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Rejoice when you are tested because the testing of your faith will lead to greater steadfastness making you complete if you feel that you are lacking in wisdom ask our generous God, believing that he will grant it if you feel unsure because of your status in this world, take comfort those of you are poor/suffer loss and remain steadfast because will be exalted by God and gain eternal life. But those who are rich and proud in this world will suffer humiliation at the day of judgement when their riches pass way and they have nothing to rely on. If you are tempted to lose faith , don't be deceived into blaming God for the temptation, its your own sin, and remember that sin leads to death.instead of causing us to sin, our unchanging Father in heaven only gives us good and perfect gifts that transform us into the image of His Son But remain humble before God, not quick to prove yourself and get angry because that won't lead to salvation. Instead with humility, obey Gods word and you will be spiritually blessed. In other words, anyone who claims to follows Jesus yet doesn't control his speech and anger proves just the opposite. The fruits of true belief is sacrificial giving and holiness.
Main point summary
Rejoice in trials and temptations knowing that God is for you and will reward your faith with eternal spiritual blessing, yet do so with a humble heart that is obedient to His word
James 1:1-27
a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1
when you meet trials f of various kinds,
for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be i perfect and complete,
lacking in nothing.
j If any of you lacks wisdom,
k let him ask God,
l who gives generously to all without reproach,
and it will be given him.
But m let him ask in faith,
n with no doubting,
for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
p he is a double-minded man,
q unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
and r the rich in his humiliation,
because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away.
For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass;
its flower falls,
and its beauty perishes.
So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life,
w which God has promised to those who love him.
Let no one say when he is tempted,
“I am being tempted by God,”
for God cannot be tempted with evil,
and he himself tempts no one.
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin,
and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from a the Father of lights
b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1
c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth,
e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
g Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
and receive with l meekness the implanted word,
m which is able to save your souls.
But be n doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres,
being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,
p he will be blessed in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
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