Day 1: James 1:1-3: Rejoice in your trials
This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ .I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings! Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
- When troubles and trials come your way, what advice does James give us?_______________________________________________________________________
- Scripture tells us that the trials we face today help us grow. During these times, our ____________ is tested. Once we have overcome this trial, our _________________ has a chance to grow until fully developed and you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
- Write: Romans 3:4-5
- In Romans 3:4-5, What are we told to do in our trials? And what is the process to becoming fully mature in the Lord?
- Isaiah 40:31 has an ancient clue to enduring troubling times. The answer is waiting on the Lord. The Hebrew word in Isaiah for wait is quvah, which means a tightly wound rope. When we put all the words together with understanding, this scripture means that we can always reach up and get all our strength and help from the Lord. David said, where does my help come from? I look up, my help comes from the Lord.
- Write Isaiah 40:31:
- Extra: look up 1-3 verses on waiting in the scripture. You can use your bible or go to www.biblegateway.com
- Has there ever been a time in your life that made you stronger and closer to the Lord? When you experience a troubling time in life, how can you rejoice in it?
- Read Ephesians 6: understand who you battle against
Day 2: James 1:5: The foundation of Godly Wisdom
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
Wisdom is first found in Genesis 3:6. It was the desire of Eve’s heart to have this wisdom that the serpent tempted her with. The bible mentions two types of wisdom, one is wisdom of the Lord and the other is human /worldly wisdom. Spiritual Wisdom is the wisdom the Lord gives us. The key to God’s wisdom is the Fear of the Lord- it is our foundation in Christ. Without the Fear of the Lord, there is no true godly wisdom. What is the fear of the Lord? It is the utmost honor and respect due to our great and mighty King who sits above the earth.
- Read: 2 Timothy 3:15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
- According to this verse, Wisdom is given through the teachings of the _______ _________________.
- Read: Psalm 111:10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!
- Notice on day 1, we were taught to grow our endurance, and here we are taught to grow in wisdom. What two things listed in the verse above are needed as we grow in wisdom?_______________________________________________________
- Who gives us this wisdom? Colossians 3:16, 2:3_________________________
- The bible mentions (3x) that we are to pray for spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossions 1:9,Ephesians1;17, James 1;5: Write a private prayer to the Lord asking Him to fill you with all Spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and insight ; and that you would understand and be filled with the Fear of the Lord.
- Memory verses:
Proverbs 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy
Proverbs 9:10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment
- Can you give an example of worldly wisdom verses godly wisdom? For instance, Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts. The verse goes on to teach us that we need to guard all that goes in our heart through our hearing, what we see, what we do, think and where we go. The things we see and read go in our heart and they affect us, but what does the worldly wisdom teach us? Phil 4:8 tells us to guard our thoughts, but what does the worldly wisdom teach us?
- Read Proverbs 4:23-25. Is there anything in your life that shouldn’t be going in your heart?
Day 3: James 1:6-8 How is your faith meter?
6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
The bible tells us not to waiver in our faith, like a waved tossed around in the ocean. That means we need to fully believe and not doubt the promises God has given us. It starts with protecting your thoughts from wrong thinking. In Philipians 4;8, we are told to fix our thoughts. “ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” List the 8 guidelines for our thoughts:
Read the verses below and answer these questions:
1-If you have faith, whatever you ask for in prayer, you will _____________.
2-Whatever you ask for in prayer, you must b________ that you have received it.
3-Without faith, it is i________________ to please God.
4-Faith comes by h_________ , and h___________ through the word of Christ.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faithMark 11:23-24 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yoursHebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ
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