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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Learning from James chapter 1

Verse 2 –  Count it all joy when you fall into various trials!    (This is why we must fast negativity and complaining.  Negativity and complaining crush us under the trial.  Joy bring us up and over the trial.  Negativity brings us into despair.  Joy gives us HOPE!)

Nehimiah 8:10  …… the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Verse 3  (James)  The testing of your faith produces patience!  (God is patient!  The fruit of His Spirit in us is patient!)

Verse 4 Let patience have its perfect work so you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Verse 5  When you are in the trial, ask God for wisdom and He will give it to you!

Verse 6  Ask in faith – don’t doubt.   (God isn’t mad when we doubt, He knows our doubt makes us unstable.  Confidence gives us strength and stability.)

Verse 12-15   Endure, have patience in the trial.  God is not the one tempting you.  He can never be tempted with evil.  Our own desires draw us into temptations.  (Don’t let them rule over you.)

Verse 17 –  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning!   (God gives good gifts!  A good way to use discernment – is where I am at good or bad.  Am I responding good or bad to this situation?)

Verse 19   Be quick to hear, s-l-o-w to speak, s-l-o-w to anger.

Verse 20  Our anger does not produce the righteousness of God.

Verse 21  Lay aside all of those negative thoughts, the hurtful words (you want to say in the moment and remember we are to rejoice in our situation, asking for wisdom, quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.)

Verses 22-25  We are to be do what we hear from the scriptures, not just listen to it.  We are to become it.  This is where our freedom comes from.  Allowing the words of Christ to shape who we are, even in our difficult moments.

Verse 26-27   True religion is being able to control our words and reaching out to others.

Today, be encouraged and put to practice the words of James.  Look for the joy you have in the Lord instead of your circumstance.  Be patient!  Ask for God’s wisdom.  Listen carefully!  Think before you speak!  Let go of anger!  Reach out to someone else instead of being held captive to your misery, negativity.    The joy of the Lord is your strength!


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