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06/19/2017

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Life Lessons From James


"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith brings perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything" (Jas.1:2-4).

I am going to begin a series of lessons that have the book of James as their source. This book has some Old testament features. By this I mean, like the wisdom we find in the OT, James concerns itself with life's dilemmas and ironies. For example, speech is a blessing. but as we all know, unchecked speech that the brain does not process and filter first, can do great danger. I some cases, the lives of good and godly people are blessed, (1:17) and they are like the folks of Psalm 1:3 in which they are like a tree planted by streams of water.... I believe wisdom teaches us that certain truths can be taught through the use of irony. Sometimes trials and suffering come from one place, and sometimes, from another. True wisdom is being able to deal with trials regardless of their source, so that faith flourishes and one's resolve becomes even more firm. In today's verses, James challenges people to find joy in trials or hardship... That's not always easy, is it? The writer lays down the gauntlet by saying that trials have a way of producing perseverance. Its the "trial" of fire that makes iron into more useful steel and takes gold to its purest form. This we know for sure! Christians are to persevere when their paths are either smooth or bumpy. Under each circumstance, we are to seek God's solace in prayer, seeking and trusting in His goodness... Wisdom provided by God will result in prayers building on confidence and trust. The source of the hardship or trial is less important than the way believers deal with them... Trust in the Lord will bear us through any stuff that comes our way. Tomorrow we will take a closer look at finding the joy mentioned in today's verses. Hopefully, we will find ourselves to be the joyful folks that God intended for us to be.

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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