Thursday Morning: 27 Jun 2019 – James 1:1-11 ~ Faith and Endurance

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: Guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our lives we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – James 1:1-11 (NLT)

Greetings from James

This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad.

Greetings!

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
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Morning Reflection:

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy.
– James 1:2 –

Today we begin reading the Letter of James, written by the Apostle James (a leader of the Church in Jerusalem) to Jewish converts living outside of Israel.

The primary purpose of the letter is to strengthen the faith and loyalty of Jewish converts to Christianity in the face of antagonism and persecution from religious Jews. In this regard, the letter of James offers practical advice to all Christian converts on how to live godly lives in the face of hostility from their unbelieving families and former associates.

He begins by urging a change of attitude toward our troubles – “consider it an opportunity for great joy.” Why? Because God uses trials to shape believers into people that will glorify Himself. How does that work?

+ Troubles produce endurance
+ Endurance produces maturity
+ Maturity produces contentment

Are you confused by James’ admonition? Then ask God for wisdom – and trust in God alone, by faith, to give it to you.

Questions for consideration:

  • How do you view your current the troubles? As an opportunity for great joy? Or something else? Please explain.
  • What do you think is the difference between asking God for wisdom, and asking God for help? Please explain.
  • What temptations do you face to divide your loyalty between faith is in God alone, and faith in something else? Please explain.
  • Do you consider yourself a stable, or unstable, believer? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Is He Worthy?” – Chris Tomlin

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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