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B8ueDs-jlnOHKh5opADmWFkopLuc9mKqLo5jbF9oiBMThis week we delved into James Chapter 1 ….

  1. A quick overview. Some of the major themes noticed throughout the chapter are active faith, steadfast hearts, perseverance through trials, godly wisdom and humility. The author of this study states, “Given the choice between pain or comfort, comfort wins every time.” (Jenni Keller) So. very. true. Yet “trials and tribulations” are never wasted in our lives – growth does come. “So let it [endurance] grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:4, NLT)
  2. Endurance and wisdom are crucial. Full grown endurance –> growth in our lives. With wisdom comes stability. Wisdom provides us with discernment in the everyday issues we face. All we need do is ask.  “If you need wisdom, ask for generous God, and he will give it to you.” (James 1:5, NLT)
  3. Who is tempting us? We discovered the source of temptation is never our God. Temptations come from the struggles within our own hearts. Although Satan shoots that first dart of poison into our souls, our own flesh plays a huge part in yielding. “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15, NLT)
  4. Signs of pure religion. Orphans and widows were the most helpless in society at that time. Without a man in their lives, there was no means of financial support or connection to society. We need to pray and encourage one another so that we all press on, keep sowing seeds and make an eternal impact while here on this earth. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27, NLT)
  5. Takeaway. As I look back over this week of study, I wrote down … Let faith grow (verse 4) and my life will —> pure and genuine religion in the sight of God (verse 27). If I do the beginning of this chapter, my life will be the end of this chapter.

oF3-cdM7Yvgyy4DkrJ6QAMsmtwATnqYEgwdWsSSYtQwMay I do what it says!


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