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James 1:1-8

“James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which scattered abroad.” (James 1:1).

For this scripture we will break it down into individual sections. Today we will be taking a look at the book of James 1:1-8. James was the son of Mary and Jospeh making him Jesus’s half-brother.

” My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4).

The beginning of this book is about trials and suffering in life. It is often talked about with the name “How to Suffer”. Which may not sound like a lot of fun but the trials and suffering we go through in life is a perfect way to test your faith and perseverance and helps you grow in the long run. Trials in life are given to us by God to test our faith. It is easy to say you believe and have faith when everything is going well, but you must be willing to say and prove that even when everything appears to be going wrong. This is where many people turn away from God but view it as a way to grow as a person for yourself and in God’s eyes. As difficult as it is, attempt to view these struggles and hardships as a good thing. It is a chance for change, for growth, to strengthen your relationship with God and to prove your faith. Tell yourself that God has a plan for you and has your best interest in mind. It may not feel like it, but God knows and sees more than you. Trust in him and have faith. Some trials you may be going through might be to answer your prayers or to make you better. For a small example, say I pray to God for more patience, then he gives me a person or a situation that tests all my patience. In the moment I may be upset but it is key to realize maybe this scenario is God trying to help you improve your patience. Trials often build lessons and that is how they should be viewed, not as bad things but as good lessons.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall all be given.” (James 1:5).

These verses also talk about wisdom, and often the lack of it. People often think they can figure things out on their own. Many people do not pray because of this, they think they don’t need help. It is important to be humble, to realize you very likely do not have it all figured out. Humble people do not let their pride get in the way of praying to God for wisdom and clarity because they know he knows more and has a plan. God will never blame you for your lack of knowledge and will always look onto your prayers for wisdom without fault.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall recieve anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways. (James 1:6-8).

When you pray to God you must pray confidently and with full faith and realize God still may not give you want you want and are praying for. Just the same way a parent would not feed their kid ice cream for dinner just because they asked, God may not answer your prayer, but it is because like a parent he knows what is best for you even when you don’t. When trials and issues arise, view them as a learning opportunity and put faith in God.

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