James – IN or OUT???

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If you don’t understand how to live a true Christian life then it’s time to read the epistle of James.

Upon reading the epistle of James, we know God gives liberally, keeps his promises, has much wisdom and can’t be tempted with evil.  We also realize Jesus Christ is coming soon.

James tells us to:

  • ask God for wisdom
  • don’t waver in your faith or you will be like the waves of the sea being tossed back and forth – in the word of flesh and in the word of God.
  • a double minded man is unstable
  • the rich of the world, those who live in the flesh and aren’t following God will fade away with nothing

If you are a child of God, you are either 100% with God or 100% not with God. You can’t sit on the fence and expect blessings from God.

James tells us in: James 1:12

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

James reminds us in 1:19

  • be swift to hear
  • slow to speak
  • slow to wrath (Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation – 1828 Webster Dictionary)

We are told to be doers of the word and not sit back and do nothing.

I am sad too see so many Christians sitting on the fence and not speaking up bold, not being doers of the word. Our world is in deep trouble, t0o many have turned away from the only one true God. Too many are fighting the wrong fight. It’s a world of “all about me” and not what God commends of all of us.

James reminds Christian’s to do work in the name of our Lord.

James 1:25

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

God has promised the poor of this world who are rich in faith the Kingdom.

James 2:5

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

We are reminded how Abraham had faith and works by offering his son, Isaac, on the alter. God saw Abraham’s heart and knew he had more than just faith. God knew he was not just sitting on the fence. Abraham was a doer with faith.

James 2:10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Where do you stand in your Christian life? Are you in or are you out? Are you sitting on the fence?  Are you a doer of work and faith?

The five chapters of James are full of blessings for a Christian to read.

May you lean not unto your own understanding and search the living word of God.

 

 

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One thought on “James – IN or OUT???

  1. He also said that we are justified by our works as well as our faith (belief) but people hate that verse because it confuses them.

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