Thirty Days in James 1, Day 22: The Giver

James has made it clear — God does not tempt us with evil. He brings or allows trials, but the temptation to sin in those trials comes from our own sinful desires. God can’t be tempted by sin, and He does not attempt to move us to sin or to weaken our faith. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers,” James urges. God is the giver of good and perfect […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 21: Trial or Temptation?

If God allows trials into our lives to test us, is He tempting us to sin? Is He waiting to see if we’ll fall? That’s the question James addresses next. Assignment: Pray as you begin your study time. Ask God to help you better understand the trials and temptations in your life, and the role you have in them. Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:12. Let’s look at different […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 20: Negatives

How did your drawings go? You did try, right? If you didn’t, you really should. (Remember, we’re talking about enduring trials in James 1. This is a little trial for those of you who insist that you can’t draw. 🙂 ) Pictures help us remember. Taking the time to draw something to represent an idea helps us process the teaching more thoroughly. We left off in verse 12, with James […]

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Thirty Days in James 1, Day 19: Catch Up and Optional Assignment

I’ll bet I need this catch up day as much as you do today! What a gift to have a day of rest each week! I’ve included an optional lesson for you amazing few who manage to keep up with the daily assignments! Optional assignment: Open Blue Letter Bible and search on James 1:1. Then click “Commentaries” in the “Tools” menu and open Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 1. Read and take notes […]

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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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