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While I’m lying in bed at night, I love to end my day by reading through a few devotionals on my iPhone, with apps for Jesus Calling, Streams in the Dessert, The Bible In One Year- just to name a few.  Now added to my list is reading through James as I attempt to stay on top of memorizing this amazing book as I go through Beth Moore’s Study on James.  A great Bible app for the iPhone (free) is called You Version. My husband is usually long asleep and the light from the phone rarely disturbs  him.

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I think I have verses 1-4 down  pretty well.
The memorizing part that is.
But as Beth Moore says,
“Could anything be harder
than counting hardships as joy?”

 

 

One thing I learned about James 1:2

“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trails of many kinds”

James isn’t asking us to “feel” joy in the face of hardships, but rather consider- “make the choice” to think or reflect on the potential joy from growth and weathering the storm and the good that IS available to us whenever we experience trials of many kinds.  It’s not about feeling good about it, but about making a choice about how you’re going to handle the hardship.

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Beth Moore

 

Beth asks, “What are you going to do with what you are going through? “

We might not look upon our trials as something that brings joy,

but what is the alternative?  Complaining, sulking,

being mad at God or questioning our faith?

 

 

 

Or is a better choice to take the trial head on, trusting God, believing that going through such trials will produce in us, among other good fruit- perseverance, making you grow and mature – becoming fully developed, “lacking nothing” in your faith.

Isn’t this the better choice?

Beth reminds us that God has a goal- a good and perfect plan for each of us, and His desire is to completely fulfill it.  In order to do that, we need to “grow up fully in Jesus during our tenure here on planet Earth, bearing much fruit, giving God glory, and not missing a single thing Christ died on the cross to give us.”

So, it looks like in order to become fully developed Christians, we are going to need to endure through some hard and icky stuff of ALL kinds.

Here is the next set of verses I’m writing down and memorizing:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.

 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.  James 1:5-11

The one thing this is simple and clear in these verses is that –

ALL WE NEED TO DO TO RECEIVE WISDOM FROM GOD IS TO ASK FOR IT. 

Oh, wait, There’s more.  And this part  isn’t as simple as it sounds, is it?

 We must also BELIEVE and NOT DOUBT that God will give us the wisdom we ask for.  Seems easy enough.  About as easy as it was for the Believer in Mark when he cried out, “Lord,  I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief”

Beth reminds us of Paul’s words in Romans 11:36 and making them our personal confession.

“From Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

And she says  this is the kind of faith James is talking about when he says me must ask without doubting.  “So if we are going to ask for God’s wisdom with the confidence that He will surely provide, then in our asking we can at the same time thank God in advance for receiving it.”

I know there are many situations in my life where I could really use God’s wisdom and direction.

How about you?

So tonight as I fall off to sleep reading and putting to memory these verses in James, I’ll also be asking God for his wisdom- on many things- knowing, believing, trusting with confidence that He will provide.

Oh, and I will thank Him for it, drifting off to sleep “writing” my Father a thank you note and waking up the wiser for it.

What’s your experience with these verses or this study?

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