- LOOKING at James 1:2-4, 3 verses, to correctly see what God says.
- Learning how to use the App.
- Becoming familiar with some of the different skills to help us correctly see what God says.
Today, we want to Wrap it up!
- Review all we have LEARNED.
- LIVE it out! Apply it to our lives.
Open your App to the Book of James.
Do You Remember Why James Wrote This Letter?
- To command believers, those of the faith, to be doers of the Word of God, not just hearers,
- Explaining that faith without works is dead, useless, because it cannot save you.
- Thus, hoping to turn a sinner from the error of his ways so his soul will be saved from death.
As We Open God’s Book, Let’s Talk to the Author
Oh Lord, as we come to Your Word today to bring everything together, please help us to hear what You are saying. Let us understand what You are teaching us. Oh and Lord, may we walk away letting these Truths change our lives. Thank you!
LOOK at James 1:2-4
We have become more familiar with certain skills, putting them to practice as we went directly to the Word of God to see what God has to say about trials and the testing of our faith, giving us a biblical perspective.
Before we dig in, I wonder if you noticed how many times you read verses 2-4 this week? What did that reading over and over do?
Please understand that repetition is the most vital element in learning. So we will do a ton of repeating and reviewing to help you LEARN, and remember.
Okay, let’s take all that God has taught us and connect the dots to bring it all together.
In the App Open the Deeper Discovery
- Go to the Discovery Section (rt screen).
- Scroll past the LOOK Section, to the LEARN/LIVE Section.
- Tap the to open. (The arrows open/close.)
- Scroll to the Deeper Discovery.
- Tap the to open.
- Scroll to the #3 LEARN Question.
First, View the #3 LEARN Question.
3. Do you understand that God tests our faith with trials? What is the purpose of trials? What are you to consider, know, and let them do for you, CR?
As we Answer together, keep in mind James’ purpose in writing this letter. We know his emphasis is on a faith that does the Word, vs. a faith that is dead and useless.
What Have We LEARNED?Let’s Sum It Up!
Those of you who know how to do this, go for it. Those of you who are still learning, let me help you.
We have LEARNED:
1. The purpose of trials is God’s way to test our faith.
- God brings the trials. (Paul was given a thorn by God, Who would not remove it.)
- Trials prove if our faith is real. (Do we have a saving faith or a dead faith?)
- What we do through a trial will show the genuineness, strength and patience of our faith.
We have LEARNED:
These verses to believers, unfold 3 things that are required to persevere through trials.
1. We are commanded to ‘consider it all joy’.
There is no joy in pain, but as we process the trial we are going through we can consider the trials and pain all joy if we [look ahead] at what God is doing.
We See that:
- Like a refiner’s fire the trial burns away the yuck of our sin.
- We are learning obedience through the process.
- God is perfecting us, bringing about perseverance, proven character, and hope.
This is the joyful blessing that we are considering.
Look Ahead, have an attitude of joy!
2. We know [understand in our minds], trials come to produce endurance [patience; perseverance].
- Know God who is Sovereign has designed a plan for me.
- Know God takes me through a process to produce endurance [patience, perseverance, bearing up under].
- Know God never gives me more than I can handle or anything I cannot endure.
- I never take my way of escape.
- I can endure, continue in His Word and hold fast until the end.
Know endurance is being produced.
Thus, know God knows what He is doing. Trust Him!
3. We are commanded to let endurance have it’s perfect result.
- Let God work that perfect result, for us to be perfect and lacking in nothing.
- Let God make us what He wants us to be – like Christ.
- Let God bring us to maturity.
- We press on to perfection.
- God will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us!
Let God perfect us, make us like Christ!
Thus, let God do His work!
Now View the #3 LIVE Questions
DO NOT skip this! It will all have been a waste of time if you don’t hear and respond to God.
LISTEN to God by His Spirit
3. What trial I am facing?
- What am I doing as I go through this trial?
- Am I grumbling and complaining?
- Or facing it head on running to God, dependent on God?
LIVE it out…Respond to God!
As We Consider These 3 Requirements
a. How do I obey the command, consider it all joy?
b. How does knowing that trials are a test of my faith to produce endurance help me persevere?
c. Do I take my way of escape, or am I willing to let trials bring endurance (patience/character)?
d. What are my trials showing me about myself?
e. How are my trials doing their perfect work (making me more like Jesus)?
LIVE it out…Respond to God!
Oh, well done! Once again, do you realize nobody told you what the text says or means? Nobody told you what to believe or think. You didn’t guess or come up with speculations to answer the questions. You LOOKED at what God said, discovering what He means. You Discovered Truth for Yourself! Oh, aren’t you excited? Do you hunger for more? I so pray you do!
That is a Wrap!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord,” (Colossians 3:16).
Meditate on why God test’s our faith and the 3 things that are necessary to persevere through your trials.
- What have you learned about yourself?
- Is there some action God is requiring of you?
- Do you need to confess and repent?
Let God’s Word dwell in you richly in all wisdom dear ones!
Record this Review in Your Notes
You’ll be so glad you did!
Let’s Pray God’s Word
FATHER, thank you for Your Truth that is revealed in Your written Word. Thank you for opening up our understanding and helping us to prepare for trials. We must remember trials are common. They will come. Oh, help us to remember this when they come suddenly, without warning. Help us to see how and why we can have a joyous attitude as we go through trials. You meet us daily with countless reasons to be grateful and glad, full of hope and full of rejoicing. In our trials empower us and lead us to obey this command, and find our way to joy by thinking of Your love, Your forgiveness, and our hope of eternity in Your presence. May we look forward to that perfect joy that will be ours when we meet You face to face. Oh Father, help us to know. Give us an understanding mind. Help us to remember that our trials come from You, and they come to produce endurance, patience, and strength. Help us to trust You through it all! And Father, do strengthen us and help us to let You work as You purify our faith, making us, more and more like Christ. Remind us Lord that You are making us perfect and lacking in nothing. We so love You and are so grateful for your care! Thank you for hearing our hearts. We ask these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
Rest tomorrow and worship God! May you consider it all joy in your trials, and may the Lord enable you to persevere, knowing He is conforming you to His image.
Meet you in a couple of days to LOOK @ James 1:5-12.
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