Joe Dietrich
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To the twelve tribes
James 1:1-27
The products of faith testing are immense!
Published March 2nd, 2017; Updated March 2nd, 2017
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Tests of faith are to produce joy and endurance as they refine us as Christians. The fruit of trials include: endurance, confidence in God, purity, and obedience to the Word of God. Wisdom from God is needed to discern temptations from trials so as not to fall victim to Satan's plan.
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.
Greeting to the dispersed jews.
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.
Be joyful in trials of faith knowing that they complete you and produces cheerful endurance.
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.
If you don't have spiritual wisdom to understand the testing of faith, ask God for that in faith.
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.
The believer exalts his position, but the rich fade away. Wisdom is necessary to understand. The wise man who has withstood trials will be blessed by God who gives every good gift.
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.
God does not tempt us, but we are tempted through our own lusts. Trials are different than temptations.
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.
True wisdom is being a doer and not a hearer only of the Word. The person puts away things of this world.
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.
Acceptable worship and service to God is manifested by good works and moral purity.
Faith and Wisdom are linked.
Somehow hearers only and the rich are compared.
Devotional Thought Stems 1. Define acceptable worship/service for you personally. 2. How are the rich and hearers of the word similar in this passage? 3. How are faith and wisdom linked? 4. Have you ever had difficulty discerning a temptations from a trial? What was it? How did you deal with it.?
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