Welcome back to our daily study in the book of James! I hope you have been enjoying this and feel free to invite friends and family who might find this helpful as well this year with the invite link here: Invitation Link
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The Book of James (NLT): This book offers practical guidance on living a godly life, including instruction on how to handle temptation and overcome adversity. It is the 51st of the Bible book located in the New Testament containing 5 chapters and a total of 108 verses.
Author: James, the half-brother of Jesus
Theme: Practical guidance for living a faithful Christian life, with a focus on the importance of good deeds and living a life of faith. In addition to the themes of good deeds and living a life of faith, the Book of James also addresses issues such as temptation, humility, and the dangers of wealth and pride.
Timeline: The Book of James is believed to have been written in the mid-to-late first century AD
Structure: The Book of James is a letter, consisting of five chapters. It is written in a concise, straightforward style and is full of practical wisdom and guidance.
Recipients: The letter is addressed to "the twelve tribes scattered among the nations" (James 1:1), which likely refers to Jewish Christians living in the diaspora (outside of Palestine).
Importance: The Book of James is considered one of the most practical books in the New Testament and is often referred to as the "Proverbs of the New Testament." It offers valuable insights and guidance for Christians of all ages on how to live a faithful and obedient life.
James refers to two types of wisdom. There is wisdom that comes from God and there is wisdom that is earthly and demonic. God’s wisdom is freely available to us when we ask Him for it (James 1:5). We are to ask God for His wisdom in faith without doubting (James 1:6). The wisdom that comes from God is pure and is demonstrated with peace, gentleness, mercy, good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The wisdom of the world is nonspiritual, sensual, and demonic. Worldly, earthly, sensual, and demonic wisdom is characterized by envy, jealousy, strife, and selfishness. Those negative characteristics come from the heart and as Christians, we need to recognize which wisdom we have and not lie to ourselves and think we have God’s wisdom when our hearts are not right.
Have you at times felt confused and your life is chaotic and you don’t know what to do? Seek God’s wisdom for clarity. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (I Corinthians 14:33). However, where there is envy, jealousy, strife, quarreling, and fighting, there is an open door for every evil work to operate. Seek peace and God’s wisdom and ask Him to help you focus on gratitude and love and His purpose for your life
Father God, thank You for empowering me with wisdom today through the holy spirit. As I seek You Lord I find You and You help me through it all. I know I’m not capable to do everything You have called me to do on my own so I confidently rely on and trust in You. Thank You for calling me as Your servant to share Your love with others, encourage others, and be a shining light during dark times. Be with me today and use me to do good works that you planned in advance for me because You love me and I thank You in Jesus name Amen.
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