Thirty Days in James 1, Day 16: The Rich and the Poor

(Note: I have revised this lesson. If you are receiving your lessons via email, the one you received on November 16 should be discarded and replaced by this one. It is longer and more detailed, but should also make more sense. If you find this lesson confusing, it’s my fault, not yours. Do the best you can and don’t worry.) James doesn’t waste any time getting to the subject of […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 18: Illustrations

Every trial we face in life is not only an opportunity to move forward; it’s also an opportunity to go backwards. We can either persevere and move forward toward maturity when we fall into trials, or we can move away from God, away from growth, and away from blessing, as we give in to despair or bitterness. Verse 12, with its promised crown of life for those who love God, […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 17: Love

James opens his letter, helping us see that God wants to bless us with growth and maturity when we encounter trials. “The trying of your faith works patience.” Now, as we reach verse 12, we see once again that God wants to bless us through our trials, this time with future rewards. “…when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 15: In Faith

It’s comforting to know that we can ask God for wisdom when we’re struggling in the middle of trials. He’s not going to scold us or express disappointment. He wants us to come. He wants us to ask. He wants us to recognize our need for Him, and He wants to give us the wisdom we need to mature. I was reminded in a recent sermon that authentic faith isn’t just believing in God. It’s believing God, believing what He […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 14: Ask!

We circled the word if back on Day 7. At that time, we were looking for where the word was glaringly absent. We didn’t find an if in verse 2, did we? James didn’t tell us to count it all joy if we meet up with trials, because there’s no ifs about trials. We are going to have them, and James assures us that God uses them for our good. Today we’re going to look at one of the ifs that […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 13: Don’t Give Up

God doesn’t just tell us to consider it all joy when we’re overcome by trials. He shows us how.  We can look to Jesus when we face trials, when we want to give up, when we feel like no one cares and no one understands. We can look to Him for our example, and we can look to Him for our comfort. He understands, and He says to rejoice and be glad. Having endured […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 12: Catch-Up and Optional Assignment

It’s Catch-Up Day already again! I imagine most of us have a bit of catching up to do. Word studies take a bit longer to do, plus they often lead us down extra study trails, which take then take extra time. (But those little detours are usually so rewarding!) Here’s the assignment for those of you who would like a new one for today. Optional assignment: After praying for guidance […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 11: Looking to Jesus

We’re told to have joy in our trials, but what does that word joy entail? Let’s find out. Assignment: Pray, thanking God for these words from James that encourage us in the midst of trials. Pray, too, for a heart that is ready to hear what God wants to say to you so you can obey Him. Then read all of James 1, thinking about what you have been learning as you read. […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 10: Endurance

Trials test our faith. Our response to them shows whether we actually believe and trust God, or if we only say that we do. They help us see what we really believe. But God is not like one of those teachers who makes a test as difficult as possible to see how many people will fail it. He’s not giving us a test to see if we pass or fail. […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 9: Word Studies

Are you ready? Today we’re going to study some words, with the help of Blue Letter Bible. This post is going to look long because I’m explaining every step for those of you who are new to BLB. But the actual studying we will be doing is short. Be patient with yourself. If BLB is new to you, it will take a bit of time to make friends with it. Then I […]

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