Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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3 Scripture Passages that God Has Been Dealing with Me About
James 1:2-8
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
Published October 15th, 2017; Updated October 19th, 2017
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Main point summary
General Notes on the Passage
The Reality of Scripture
Wisdom, Works, Worship
Closing Prayer
Main point summary
Main point summary
God is generous to those who ask for His guidance in withstanding the trials the He Himself brings to us (cf, v. 17). He expects us to come to Him without wavering or fearing that He will not aid us.
James 1:2-8
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 ἡγέομαι
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. (λείπω)
j If any of you lacks wisdom,
k let him ask God ,
l who gives generously to all without reproach , ἁπλοῦ ς
and it will be given him.
But m let him ask in faith,
n with no doubting,
for the one who doubts
[he] 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.
I. 1st Imperative: Consider (vv. 2-3) A. Consider joy in the midst of trials 1. Trials come in various forms 2. Trials produce perseverance II. 2nd Imperative: Let steadfastness work (vv. 4-5) A. Trials produce perseverance 1. perseverance must be allowed to do its work 2. when perseverance is through we will be mature & complete 3. final perseverance will leave our faith wanting for nothing III. 3rd Imperative Let him faith, without doubting (vv. 5-8) A. The two sides of asking 1. In faith • God is generous to those who believe Him (not beguiling or deceitful) • God gives to the one who believes Him 2. In doubt • a doubter is one who is easily swayed (like a wave on the sea) • a doubter will not receive what he asks for because: – he is double-minded. This means he is divided on whether he will receive what has been asked for – he is unstable. The Greek word is only used twice in the NT, both occurrences here in James. It can mean restless, as in wandering, is the way that I see this. An unstable person "wanders" continuously through faith & doubt.
General Notes on the Passage
2a To consider or ponder upon something 2b Meet–to come across a circumstance. We know that God does nothing by chance. 3 The word 'know' is to understand through experience. 4a The idea is to let it bring about its full work. This seems to be parallel to 4b. 4b Perfection & completion have to with maturity, not sinlessness. 4c Lacking–to be in need of nothing; possessing everything needed for the task. 5a 1st class cond. Assumed reality • This begins the contrast (-/+) that ties vv. 5-8 together. 5b Present Imperative . 5c The word 'generous' has not only to do with benevolence, but with giving with all sincerity, and with no deceitfulness or beguiling. 6e God loves to give to those who show unwavering faith in His provisions. One who doubts (uncertainty, not unbelief) will never receive what he/she asks for. 8a Double-minded has to do with divided loyalties as contrasted to a single heart & mind.
1 Peter 5:6-7
6 x Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 y casting all your anxieties on him, because z he cares for you.
Matthew 6:25-34
Do Not Be Anxious 25 e “Therefore I tell you, f do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 g Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. h Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his i span of life? 1 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, j even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, k O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For l the Gentiles seek after all these things, and m your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But n seek first o the kingdom of God and his righteousness, p and all these things will be added to you. 34 q “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
The Reality of Scripture
This passage is crucial in my life at this moment. I wish I could say that I was considering everything joy, or even that I was asking in faith without being double-minded. But the truth is that I have exhibited the qualities of an unstable man. I think that's why this passage hit me so hard as the Holy Spirit brought it to my mind, as well as the other two passages in the Look-Up module. Nothing hit me harder than coming to this realization. But it finally made me be totally honest with myself, especially before God.
Wisdom, Works, Worship
Trials are a necessary part of the believers life. We either respond in faith or in doubt. Those who respond in faith are sure to see God's generous hand in giving provision and ultimate deliverance from those trials. Those who respond in doubt will always wonder, "Does God love me?" It is this type of instability that causes God to withhold His hand from generously answering the person's prayer. The person may still be a child of God and genuinely redeemed, but he/she will forever be "tossed about" by their own unbelief and un-consdiering the joy that comes through perseverance.
Closing Prayer
All generous Father, May I myself believe you in all trials, in all circumstances, that you are the good God that you have told me to be. May you cause my heart to have singularity through faith and trust and rely on your provision. Keep me from being tossed about by unbelief; cast my doubts away as I cast my anxieties upon your shoulders. Thank you for being generous and faithful, despite my own unbelief at certain times. May your own Spirit living in me cause me to ponder my circumstances and trials and see the joy that is on the other side. You are good. I am but frail man and dust. Yet, you rain your mercies upon me everyday. Thank you. Amen.
Main point summary
God is generous to those who ask for His guidance in withstanding the trials the He Himself brings to us (cf, v. 17). He expects us to come to Him without wavering or fearing that He will not aid us.
Eric Judd
This is about as complete a published page as I've seen in a while, nicely done!
I'm curious, in your arc you have 6d-e as the grounds for 6c - why did you choose ground over comparison? I can't quite follow the logic of it being a ground.
Also, it seems more natural to me for 7-8b to be an inference of 6c-e, and for that whole arc (6c-8b) to be the ground of 6a-b. I suppose it could be a bilateral instead (I'll need to check the arc I did, since it's been a while).

I'm sure you've already received feedback on this, but aside from those observations I follow your logic completely!
Steven Long
Hi Eric, 
I chose the ground for 6d-e because 6e is in two parts: a wave of the sea, and driven by the wind. A comparison probably could have been used for 6c-d, and I believe that is what I had originally intended. But the gar in 6c seemed to be a cause for the ground relationship while the action/result seems to be the outcome of being double-minded. Ultimately, i chose the ground and then ac/res for the entire section. 

7-8b perhaps could have been an inference. I think I chose ground, looking at 'for' as the keyword. 

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