Good Gifts or…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

James 1:16-18

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  • The beginning of this passage starts with a warning – what is it?
  • I think in our culture we sometimes believe that we somehow create the good in our lives. How does James correct that thinking?
  • God is Creator God & we can be certain that He is unchanging (v. 17c). He doesn’t shift like shadows or sway in the current of cultural change. Read Romans 8:28. Even when events, circumstances & life in general does not seem “good” we can be certain of what truth?!!!!
  • God is good! He has a perfect plan! What did He choose to do for you and me (v. 18)?
  • We have been changed by His word of truth – the Gospel of Jesus  Christ! And have now taken what place in creation?
  • We are a kind of first-fruits. Look up what first fruits are (http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/first-fruits/). Write down your thoughts.
  • Take time now to praise Him for His perfect, life changing, awesome Gift of His Son – Jesus Christ!

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Praising God for His goodness & for His good and perfect gifts (and even those that don’t seem so perfect) He can use all things!   Praying for you!

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Live By Faith

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

Galatians 2:20

 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20

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  • When you choose  to live as a follower of Christ how do you now identify with Christ’s crucifixion?
  • It is no longer about you, no longer about “your” life, instead it is about who lives in you! You live because of whom?
  • When you make the choice to follow Christ you are called not to live by our own wisdom but instead to live how?
  • As Christians we do not follow Christ just because he was wise, He was a prophet, or a great teacher – yes all those things are true. But we follow Christ because He chose to show His love for us in what way?
  • Jesus sacrificed Himself because He loves us, because He wants us to be with Him for eternity (John 3:16). You can trust Him with your life, you can put your faith in Him. Is there something that you are not willing to trust Jesus with? Confess it now, lay your life at His feet, and ask Him to help you trust Him as you walk with Him in faith trusting Him for your salvation and your life.

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The more we trust, the more we allow our life and our will to be directed by Christ, the more He can use us for His glory. Awesome! Christ lives in you!  Is there anything more that we could possibly desire?  Praying for you!