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06/23/2017

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Fishing With Lures


"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those that love Him"

James uses compelling metaphors to call attention to how deceitful sin can actually be. As a fish is drawn to a lure, or a mouse is drawn to a baited trap, sin appeals to the basic animal desires of man... In the end, it is able to destroy. Unfortunately, desires drag men and women away and lure them with powerful enticements. In verse fifteen (15) of chapter one (1), James uses the language of birth in a negative way. Desire, when taken into the heart and sloughed off lightly, gives birth to the committing of sin... James returns to that birth language (He brought us forth), but in a more positive way in verse eighteen (18). This time, the word of truth gives birth to a new creation. James approaches becoming a Christian in much the same way Jesus responded to Nicodemus (Jn.3:1-8) or Paul to Titus (Titus 3:5), as he uses the terms of a new birth... To be saved is to be "brought forth" by the word of truth. As Christians, when the word of truth is in us, we ought to be able to resist the desires and lures of sin. Since they are all around us and embraced by many in the world, the resolve that started when we were born anew, ought to strengthen us... In today's verse, Jame uses a very compelling progression that may be good for us to assimilate as a credo. Blessed is the man who perseverses under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those that love Him. The progression you ask? Here it is! trial.... perseverance.... crown of life..... Testing to endurance to life....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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