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.
Do you at times feel that the enemy is constantly on your back with one issue after another? The Word tells us that we can get rid of our enemy and he will run away from us. The first thing we need to do is humble ourselves before God by submitting to God’s ways. Instead of following what our flesh wants to do, see what the Word tells us and ask the Holy Spirit for strength in that area. Admit to God that you cannot rely on your own strength or will power, but only through His power that gives you strength.
Find Bible verses that address what you are going through and pray for His wisdom. Speak the Word against the devil and against the temptation. You resist the devil with the tools that God has given you, His Word and His Spirit. When Satan tempted Jesus how did Jesus respond? Satan asked Him to prove that He was the Son of God, he offered Him the kingdoms of the world, and he even used the Word of God in his temptations. Jesus responded with the Word of God and so should we. The devil left him for a season. Always be on guard and arm yourself with the Word speaking it over your life and through prayer.
What good news that God will come close to us! God is waiting on us. When we come to Him admitting that we need Him that we love Him and that we are sorry for our mixed loyalties (the things and lusts of the world and the things of God), He is there to listen and to help us. When we humble ourselves before Him, acknowledging that He is our source and we trust Him, He will lift us up with honor. His grace will surround us because He gives grace and favor to the humble.
Father, thank You for this great day that You have given me. I look forward to a blessed and productive day. Help me to keep my thoughts on who You say I am - blessed, favored, healed, prosperous, deeply loved, above and not beneath, the head and not the tail - in Jesus name, Amen.
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