|Posted by LEKokko on January 21, 2018 at 1:40 PM|
Sunday January 21, 2018
James First Lesson (James 1:1-12)
I am using James Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life, by John MacAcArther, Thomas Nelson (publisher), 2007
As a reminder, I use the NIV Bible.
The author of this Book is James the half brother of Jesus. It was written to the Jews who had fled because of the persecutions inflected on them.
A bodybuilder knows that to achieve the shape he wants he must push his body beyond what is comfortable. A writer knows in order to get better you must fail. Rejections come much more frequently than acceptance.
James tells the scattered people that in their trials they will become stronger in their faith. But, he also warns that if we ask for something (strength) and we are not confident our prayer will be answered, it will not.
In today’s world, it is difficult to live a life wholly dedicated to God. There is so many distractions that tend to slowly drive a wedge in our faith. Pretty soon you are glancing at your watch during your prayer time, or at church – after all the Super Bowl is on. We are not giving God the 100% He is due. We literally owe our lives to Him.
Valeen Schnurr, a victim of the Columbine massacre and a Christian, professed her believe in God before being shot. How many of us, in that situation would do the same? Or the Christians in the Middle East being beheaded for their faith? These are, of course extremes. We may never have our faith tested to that degree, but we are tested daily. Just take a moment of situations in your day when you had the opportunity witness or to care for someone as Christ would have done – did you?
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