March 28, 2019

James would have been a big fan of the slogan, Just Do It. When you read through his book you get the idea that right away that James was a man of action. If you professed faith in Jesus then James wanted to see some proof. To James real faith did something to show that it was real. To James talk was cheap but a picture was worth a thousand words. As far as James was concerned real faith showed itself in every day life because everyday life would present many obstacles for real faith to overcome.

There is the obstacle of social status:

James 1:9–11 (NLT) — 9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 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.

By faith poor believers know God saved them in-spite of their income level. By faith they can boast that God is not a respecter of persons. It was by faith in Jesus that they were saved. And now they get to continue to trust him in times of trouble for their well-being. It is honoring to be in a position where your trust needs to be in The Lord. Their boast is that they know The Lord. By faith they know that when you have Jesus you have everything. Real faith doesn’t get down in the dumps over tough circumstances.

Again God is not respecter of persons He also allows times of trouble to test the faith of the well to do. Real faith puts its trust in God rather than its wealth. Real faith knows that riches can disappear in an instant so it remains humbly trusting God each day and thanking the Lord that he put them in a position of being able to help others and give to advance the kingdom of God. Real faith knows that this isn’t the only life that is to be lived and what is done here will eventually fade away.

The obstacle of temptation:

James 1:12–18 (NLT) — 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

Real faith knows that temptation comes from our own desires and not from God. Real faith doesn’t blame God and any one else for being tempted. Real faith knows that God does not put into the heart of anyone the direct desire to sin. Real faith knows God is a God of light. There is no darkness or evil in Him! God cannot tempt us to do wrong because it is not in His nature. God is always light there isn’t even a hint of a shadow in Him and real faith knows this. With the grace of God real faith stands firm in the face of temptation. Real faith puts on its Nike’s and like Joseph of old(Genesis 39), runs from temptation.

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