James’ Golden Nuggets

Earlier today, I was reading what possibly could be my favorite book of the Bible–James.  I don’t know why, but for some reason the words spoke to my heart more than usual this morning and I found myself rereading the text multiple times to really allow it to sink in.  Upon my last reading, I decided to make a list of all the great things James encourages us to do and decided to highlight three of them for me to focus on during this coming week.

Below is my chronological list (with the three I’m going to be focusing on in ALL CAPS).  My hope is that you would look through my list, read through James intently, and then read back through my list and pick a couple of truths for yourself to focus on as a Christian.  Hopefully, we all can grow a little closer to God and be able to improve as doers of His will through this process…

Teachings of James:

-know that trials produce perseverance and that perseverance produces maturity

-ask of God with belief

-take pride in humble circumstances

-know every good and perfect gift is from above

-be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger

-don’t just listen to the Word, but do what it says

-keep a tight rein on your tongue

-look after orphans and widows in distress

-keep yourself from being polluted by the world

-don’t show favoritism

-love your neighbor as yourself

-be merciful–mercy triumphs over judgment

-complete good deeds in humility–they come from wisdom

-DO NOT HARBOR ENVY OR SELFISH AMBITION IN YOUR HEART

-submit yourself to God

-resist the devil and he will flee from you

-COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU

-humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up

-do not slander one another or judge your neighbor

-do the good you ought to do

-be patient and stand firm

-don’t grumble against each other

-know the Lord is a full of compassion and mercy

-do not swear

-PRAY

-sing songs of praise

-pray for the sick

-confess your sins and pray for each other so that you may be healed

-know the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective

 

I hope you were able to find a couple of truths to focus on this week.  May it be a challenge and an encouragement to you as we all continuously seek the Lord together!

-BH

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