You are Blessed! James 1

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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 1:9-18

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Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life,
which God has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12

  • Here James tells us that believers who are poor can boast because God has honored them, and the rich can boast because God has humbled them. But what does James point out is true of earthy standings?
  • When you remain steadfast in your trial you will receive what blessing?
  • God has promised the crown of life to those who love Him. So, you can be certain that He will never lead you astray. From this passage, how do you know that He will never tempt you?
  • Instead, how are you lead astray?
  • Where does it lead?
  • Paul exhorts you, “Do not be deceived.” Instead, what comes from our heavenly Father?
  • Will this change – does God change?
  • No, God love you (Jon 3:16), and He brought you forth by the word of truth. You are His firstfruits – a promise of what He has given you – Holy Spirit – and what is yet to come (Romans 8:23).  Read Deuteronomy 26:10-11. What were the Israelites instructed to do with their firstfruits?
  • If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you too are His firstfruits. How does this change your thinking about your life and it’s purpose?

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You are blessed! You have received the crown of life – you are His firstfruits! Live like it! I will be praying for you! 

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Just Ask! James 1

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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 1:2-8

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 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.”
James 1:5

  • James has a view of trials that it probably different from your own. How does he instruct you to view your tials?
  • When you are tested it develops what characteristic in you?
  • When you are steadfast you remain fixed in the Lord it brings about what change?
  • James instructs you exactly what to do if you are confused or uncertain as you go through life, what does he tell you to do?
  • Does God expect you to know and understand everything…how does He give to you?
  • With what mindset should you approach God?
  • Conversely, what does the man with the doubting mind receive?
  • God’s answer is not always what we want or expect, and sometimes it’s wait. But,  Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that ” we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.” What is on your heart right now…write it down and ask God to bring you His wisdom.

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God love you and wants you to come to Him! Just Ask! I will be praying for you! 

Who are you? James 1:1

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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 1:1

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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
James 1:1

  • Before we start…how would you label yourself?
  • Here James writes to Jewish Christians in the First Century, and to many throughout the ages, and it is obvious that he wants to portray himself in a certain way…How does he identify himself?
  • He calls himself a servant of God and of Jesus Christ. Is that how you labeled yourself?
  • I’m sure that, like us, James had many roles to fill. But, he doesn’t make a list – he says, simply, that he is God’s servant.
  • Envision the other labels you gave yourself and how they can change to reflect your defining characteristic of servant of God (Matthew 22:35-40, 1 Peter 4:8-11)
  • Ask the Spirit to change your heart and to make you a true servant of God. May He reveal to you just what you need to change so that the light of Christ can shine through you always. Write down where God is moving you to make changes.

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Choose to be a servant of God! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Prayer

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

Revelation 8:3-4

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“And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,  and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”
Revelation 8:3-4

  • Here the word saint is used to desribe every believer who accepts Jesus Christ as his or her savior. The picture of heaven given to John and shared in the book of Revelation reveals where your (and all saints) prayers go…from your heart to where?
  • Your prayers rise to heaven and are placed on the golden altar of God before the throne…Awesome! What prayer would you like to place now on the altar of the Almighty God? Allow the picture to form in your head…from your heart to God!

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Place your prayer on the altar of the Almighty! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Honor Him with Your Body

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

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • Do you ever think about that? Do you think about your body as the temple of the Living God!?
  • You are! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ – you were purchased by His blood & your body is His dwelling place. Do you mistreat your body (food/sex /porn/exhaustion/sleeplessness)?
  • Pray on it. Is there something that you need to change in your life so that you are glorifying God in your body?

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Honor God with your body – it brings Him glory! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Show Him You Love Him

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

1 John 2:1-6

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“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.  He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.  If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:1-6 NLT

  • How can we be sure we know Him?
  • What does this reveal to the world?
  • If we desire to live in God who is our model?
  • God knows we are not perfect. Reread the verses 1 & 2. Besides your role model, what are the other roles of Jesus in your life given here?
  • We are not in this alone… (“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2Timothy1:7). He both desires our obedience and works in us to accomplish it. Pray and ask God to give you the power, love and self control to demonstrate how much you love Him.

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Show the world you love God – it is your gift to Him! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Songs of Praise

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

Psalm 59:16-17

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“But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Psalm 59:16-17

  • List the reasons given in this Psalm for you to sing praises to the almighty God.
  • Praise Him for His strength (see also John 16:33, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31b).
  • Praise Him for His steadfast love (see also 1 John 4:10, Romans 8:38-39).
  • Praise Him that He is your fortress and refuge (see also Matthew 11:28, and Deuteronomy 33:27).

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Check out this song written and sung here by Michael Neal and Krissy Nordhoff
“Your Great Name”

SING IT!!!! AND PRAISE HIS GREAT NAME

this song was released  by Natalie Grant on her album “Love Revolution”

Praise the name of the only one who is worthy of our praise! I will be praying for you!