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Ask God for Wisdom!

Scripture reading for October 31st:  James 1, Psalm 68, Proverbs 2

Key Scriptures:  James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for one who doubts is like 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; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”  

James was the half-brother of Jesus Christ and pastor of the church at Jerusalem.  He was known as a man of prayer.  He opens his letter encouraging the church to count it all joy when they have trials and tests in their lives.  This testing will be of their faith and should produce the spiritual fruit of patience.  If wisdom is needed concerning the test of faith, prayer is the simple antidote.  But any asking of God must be in faith, not doubting God will answer.  Doubting is double-mindedness and that produces nothing but fear and unbelief.

Faith Confession:  I thank God for the trials of my faith that have produced patience in my life.  I ask God for wisdom and understanding to walk through the trials and stay single-minded in trust of Him and His unchanging Word.

Proverbs 2:6-7  “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, . . “

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Temptations, trials and faith!

Scripture reading for November 17th: James 1:1-18

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to count it joy when a trial of my faith comes my way.  There is something in each person that would prefer good times, pleasure, and the easy life.  But inside of us, there is also a desire for adventure and excitement that comes from entering into the unknown.  I am learning how to embrace God’s plan for my own life and to ‘consider it pure joy’ when I face the inevitable trials.  Well, maybe my joy isn’t too pure yet!

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.  When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me.”  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone, but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death.” (James 1:12)  We will be blessed if we stand firm in a trial.  God will reward those who stay true with a crown of eternal life.

One of the temptations in a trial or test is to blame God.  James reassures us that God is holy and is not capable of evil or of tempting anyone.  The source of temptation is found in our own flesh and it’s desires.  We are first enticed by the lusts of our eyes or flesh and then when we yield, we are dragged away by sin.  It is likened to a pregnancy that comes from an act of passion.  Conception takes place, and when the sin-baby is full grown, it bring us death.  (Romans 6:23)

But we shouldn’t allow our flesh to entice us!  The good gifts we desire really come from God in the promises of His word.  He has good plans for His children.  His gifts are all good and he has chosen to give us birth through His word.  If we will put our faith in Him, He will bring us through all trials and tests.  He is the ‘Father of Lights’ who is faithful to shine His love into our lives through every trial.

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Temptations, trials, and faith!

Scripture reading for November 17th: James 1:1-18

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to count it joy when a trial of my faith comes my way.  There is something in each person that would prefer good times, pleasure, and the easy life.  But inside of us, there is also a desire for adventure and excitement that comes from entering into the unknown.  I am learning how to embrace God’s plan for my own life and to ‘consider it pure joy’ when I face the inevitable trials.  Well, maybe my joy isn’t too pure yet!

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.  When tempted, now should say “God is tempting me.”  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone, but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death.” (James 1:12-15)  James tells us it is a blessing to stand firm in a trial.  God will reward those who stay true to Him through these testings with a crown of eternal life.

One of the temptations in a trial or test is to blame God for it.  James reassures us that God is holy and is not capable of evil or of tempting anyone.  The source of temptation is found in our own flesh and it’s desires.  We are first enticed by the lusts of our eyes or flesh and then when we yield, we are dragged away by sin.  It is likened to a pregnancy that comes from an act of passion.  Conception takes place, and when the sin-baby is full grown, it is birthed to bring us death.  (Romans 6:23)

But we shouldn’t allow our flesh to entice us!  The good gifts we desire really come from God in the promises of His word.  He has good plans for His children.  His gifts are all good and he has chosen to give us birth through His word.  If we will put our faith in Him, He will bring us through all trials and tests.  He is the ‘Father of Lights’ who is faithful to shine His love into our lives through every trial.

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