This is the subject of this passage: the way to conquer trials and temptations. “Getting in shape is simple. You will become wholly fit, entire, perfectly sound, complete with no weaknesses, flaws, defects, or shortcomings. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 2 Consider it nothing but joy, my [ a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. We must ask God for wisdom and believe that God will hear and show us the way and the power to conquer. —John Gill's Expositor, on James 1:5. wisdom – (Grk: sophia) is used in scripture both of the speculative, philosophical "wisdom" of the Greeks (1 Corinthians 1:21-22), and of the practical, godly wisdom of the Jews (Proverbs 2:6-22). b)      It is seeing and knowing what to do about life, and seeing and knowing what to do with the truth. .Hebrews 2:18 . Chip by chip over a period of time, an artist uses hammer and chisel to shape a conception from a raw slab of rock until the finished figure is revealed. The person who endures temptations shall be “blessed” (makapios). Sometimes they have to go through grueling training, without it; there is no improvement. (Luke 6:48 NKJV), Indeed we count them blessed who endure. 1. 1:2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations; 1:3 Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh … 1. What in the world could that mean, and why would James write such a demanding thing to suffering people? WHAY DO WE NEED WISDOM WHEN WE ARE GOING THROUGH TRIALS? Eph. . He perfects the purpose of God intended TO BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS -- this does not mean we become a perfect human being. James 1:1-12 . 4. (C) 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature(D) and complete, not lacking anything. . . We must take the initiative and to exert the energy and effort to conquer and to gain the victory and to triumph over the trial and temptation. . Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Do you ever feel like there is no escape for you when you are tempted?1 Corinthians 10:13 cf. A. 5:48 . . My brethren - Not brethren as Jews, but as Christians. Moffatt translated James 1:2 as, Greet it as pure joy, pointing out a play on word between the Greetings at the end of James 1:1, and a similar word used to start James 1:2. . 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,(E) who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. They are permitted by God for  a purpose, 1)       When we conquer temptation, we become a much more pure person – holy, righteous, and just. All rights reserved worldwide. —    “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. —    God will not reproach or rebuke us for not knowing how to handle the trial or temptation. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. James 1:8. 2 Peter 3:17 . 3)       We also become a dynamic witness to all those who see us – we demonstrate the living presence and power of Christ – that He actually does live in our hearts and lives and is going to give us eternal life. . (John 15:10-14 NKJV). Trials and Temptations - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Matthew . James 1:2-8. . of an immature Christian? Millions and millions of people are knowledgeable and full of facts. Do you ever feel life you are the only one who has ever gone through this? Is there any escape? (Job 23:10 NKJV). One of the most difficult areas for us to deal with as believers is the matter of testing and trials, and it is at this very point that James begins his letter. . 4)       He knows that God is looking after and caring for him and is going to deliver him from all the corruption and evil of this life including death, and give him eternal life. The fact: we will have many trials and temptations (v.2), 2. Be humble and content (9-11) Authorship. James 1:2-8 - Temptations and trials, the Basic Facts. .1 Peter 5:8 . Wisdom means far more that just knowledge, or being intellectual about life. James could have pulled rank by opening the letter, “James, the son of the virgin Mary, brother of none other than Jesus Christ. 1)       This refers to this life, to the here and now. Outline. —    have us become bitter against those who have more. He partly believes and partly disbelieves God – he debates whether he can trust God. Life is filled with all kinds of trials and temptations. James uses this term in its Hebrew sense of practical wisdom to live a godly life. 2)       It does not mean perfection of character, that is, being without sin. Question: "What is the meaning of Ephesians 2:8–9?" Count it all joy — That is, matter of the greatest joy; when ye fall into divers temptations — Πειρασμοις, trials; for though rendered temptations, it does not signify here what is commonly meant by temptations, for these we are directed to pray against, but it denotes trials by affliction and persecution. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. He wants for nothing. 4)       We also become more like Christ and make Christ much more fully known to the world. 17:3), —    “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. We must ask in faith, never wavering. Remember, James tells us to count it all joy when we enter into suffering and affliction. (1:12) Temptations – Trials: how can a believer conquer trials and temptations? Just eat right and exercise regularly.” Why do you find this easier said than done? 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,(A) 3 because you know that the testing of your faith(B) produces perseverance. Romans 12:12 . a)       The believer who endures the temptations of life shall be crowned with life itself. The result: makes us perfect and entire (v.4), (1:2)      Trials – Temptations: the facts is certain – we will have many trial and temptations, 1. We must persevere and keep on persevering, never giving in. d)      “Be not deceived,” Paul said. Get understanding! (James 5:11 NKJV). The person who endures trails and temptations is the person who will be blessed and receive the crown of life. Knowledge is grasping the facts, and most people in life have a head full of facts. TARGET AGES: 9-12 This lesson is part of our five unit study on the book of James for Older Elementary children. (1:2-4)   Trials – Temptation – Joy: the attitude needed to face the trials and temptations of life is startling – it is joy. (1:9-11) Temptation – Life, Lot in Life, Status in: 1)       the believer of lowly status is to rejoice in the Lord, a)       this does not mean to rejoice because he is poor, unhealthy or crippled, b)      this does mean that he rejoices that Christ loves him, had saved him, and has promised to exalt him as a king and prince throughout all eternity, Application: if God has allowed us to be poor we must not allow this to…. QUESTION #2? Complete: A person becomes more and more complete in all parts. When we become Christians we must evaluate our life and set new goals (Philippians 3:13-14). A person become more perfect – perfection or purpose. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord----that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. b)      It is important that your faith be tested and that you endure; so that I am not under a false sense of security. You will have all the abundance and the fullness of life. .Proverbs 1:10; 4:14 . Asking God for wisdom is the way to conquer the trials and temptations of life. We need wisdom so we will not waste the opportunities God is giving us to mature. IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU RELY ON YOUR POSSESSIONS? Matthew 13:58 -- Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (John 14:1-2 NKJV cf. WHY? WHY? . 5. . I knew Him long before He became famous!” But James (1:1) and his brother, Jude (Jude 1), both opened their letters by calling themselves bond-servants. 1)       Note the wonderful promises made to us when we ask God for wisdom. 7:14; Job 23:10. 1. Answer: Ephesians 2:8–9 is a familiar passage dealing with God’s grace in the matter of salvation: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Before looking at the meaning of an individual verse (or … (James 3:1) Bite Your Tongue! Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. Only two real candidates have been proposed, James the brother of John, and James the oldest and half brother of Jesus (Mark 6:3). God is more concerned with you character than your comfort. James 1:4; 3:2; 5:7 . You are not to consider it as a punishment, a curse, or a calamity, but as a fit subject of felicitation. 1. Wiersbe observed, “She knew the meaning of James 1:5.” It also helps to understand the meaning of the Old Testament word for wisdom (my sources here include, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament [Moody Press], ed. . A man of two souls, or of a double heart, that speaks and asks with an heart, and an heart, as in ( Psalms 12:2 ) who halts between two opinions, and is at an uncertainty what to do or say, and is undetermined what to ask for; or who is not sincere and upright in his requests, who asks for one thing, and means another, and asks amiss, and with … By examining the book of James we can expect to become more mature. The needed attitude: joy (v.2-4), 3. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. James 1:1-8 Trials, Joy, and Wisdom Developing maturity in the Christian life is the theme of this book. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and … 2 Cor. I go to prepare a place for you. Perfect: When a person stands against trial and temptations and conquers them…, 2. A double minded man. c)       It not only understands the trials and temptations, but wisdom understands what to do with them and how to do it, and does it. James 1:2. not the temptations of Satan, or temptations to sin; for these cannot be matter of joy, but grief; these are fiery darts, and give a great deal of uneasiness and trouble; but afflictions and persecutions for the sake of the Gospel, which are so called here and elsewhere, because they are trials of the faith of God's people, and of other graces of the Spirit of God. B. UNDER PRESSURE, HOW DOES THE FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN (VV.5-6) CONTRAST WITH THE PERSON DESCRIBED IN VERSES 6-8? . 3. —  James 1:5; 3:17; Proverbs 3:13-14; 8:11; Job 28:28. Being willing to hear of our faults, taking it not only patiently, but thankfully. He gives 54 imperatives in the 108 verses of the letter. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. . Luke. James is not urging his listeners to delight in the injustices they have suffered in court (chapter 2), the ways they have been mistreated at the hands of the rich (chapter 5), or for that matter, in the diagnosis they have received or the losses they have endured for their own sake. A person lacks nothing. Therefore, God will give us the wisdom to conquer the trials. . (1) The Parable of the Four soils (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; (4>19) (5-6>20-21) (7>22) (8>23)). God will not even question us for lacking wisdom and for not knowing what to do. 2)       He follows, and obeys the Lord, doing all that the Lord commands him. —    Endure, persevere, be steadfast, standing the test. —       He perfects the purpose of God intended, that is he becomes more stronger and pure, like Jesus. the path of life is not an easy path to walk. James 1:1-18. 1. In this second part of the “Book of James” series, children will explore what James 2 has to say about a Christ-follower’s actions matching the word of God. Do not forget, nor turn away from the words    of my      mouth. Commentary on James 1:22-25 (Read James 1:22-25) 1. (1:5-8) Temptation – Wisdom: How can a believer conquer trials and temptations? —    God loves us: we are His sons and daughters—He is our Father. " 8 If you really fulfill the royal law, according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well. 1. Do you want to turn your trials into triumphs? a)       If you are a hearer of the Word only, your deceiving yourself (James 1:22). It has to do with an end, and aim, a goal, a purpose. Read James 1:2-8. As usual, context is key in understanding the meaning of Scripture. No pain no gain. a)       God said to the Children of Israel, Deuteronomy 8:2  “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He perfects his task and purpose for being on earth a little bit more. When a person stands against trials and temptations and conquers them . (F) 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,(G) because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 2. When a believer goes through personal trials, they discover the kind of faith they really possess. James 4:8 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 15:58; Gal.6:9; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; 1 Pet. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (Matt.10:22; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 2. the meaning is not that suffering is the occasion for all the joy there is, but that it should occasion only joy, unmixed with other reactions. It is “an attempt to bring out the play on words in the original, where the … Metaphysically Interpreting James 1:2-8. The Way to Conquer Trials and Temptation, 1:5-12, (1:5-12) Introduction: trials and temptations are common to us all. Just imagine the actual moment when Christ will crown us with the crown of life, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 1. 2)       This is important because we a prone to deceive ourselves. . I … A person becomes more and more complete in all parts, —       He becomes more entire, more fit, more sound, and more complete, —       He also eliminates more weaknesses, flaws, defects, and shortcomings, 3. Therefore, we come to Him asking Him for wisdom. .Ephesians 6:13 . —       He perfects his task and purpose for being on this earth. James speaks firmly about the need for believers to manifest their faith in their actions. 1)       But when coping with the trials and temptations of life, something more than a head full of facts are needed. Day by day – trial by trial and temptation by temptation, when we persevere under the circumstances, we become more like Jesus Christ. . Pray with faith (5-8) IV. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In the previous verses, James made the case that favoritism to the rich over the poor is doubly foolish. James 1:2-8 NIV Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. If you look at James 1:12 we see that James is talking about trials in this chapter. . . The trials themselves are not the point. 2. There is always the temptation of eating what we should not eat. a)       It is not only seeing and knowing about life, not only seeing and knowing the truth. How do you know when you’re in a trial? One of the best tests of Christian growth and maturity is trouble. 2)       In the Greek this is called “the gentive of opposition”; that is, life itself is the crown. In the context of trials and perseverance, why does James contrast rich and poor Christians? This tempting is actually testing and is a way to learn the truth about ourselves. 3. 3. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not … 3. In your mind what are the hallmarks of a mature Chris-tian? This is the very reason so many of us receive so little from God, we either…. 2)       Blessed means “inward and spiritual joy and satisfaction”. .Revelation 3:10 . .James 1:12 . 3)       God allows the temptations, the testings to come in order that I might know the truth about myself. We can learn a great deal about why patience is so vital by comparing the process we are going through to an artist sculpting a work from a piece of marble. Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of James Chapter 1 Metaphysically Interpreting James 1:1 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are of the Dispersion, greeting. If God delivered us from every trial, then we would not grow in character, 3. “In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. He already knew it all but they didn't, and so He tested them so they could see. 8 Such a person is double-minded(H) and unstable(I) in all they do. Amplified Bible. James 1:2-4 2. . NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. I. Greetings (1) II. It … . 1)       the believer of high status is to rejoice in that he is made low by God. .Hebrews 6:1 . “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 2:1-17 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter one, James dealt with the issue of temptation, saying that “the testing of your faith produces endurance” (1:3) and that the person who endures temptation “will … 2. 9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Proverbs 4:5 -- Get wisdom! b)      The eternal life that will be given to the believer will shine more brightly that all the earthly crowns that have ever been worn by the rulers of this world. .2 Peter 2:9 . . Verses 3 and 4 provide crucial explanation for what James means. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NKJV). 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, Chronological Study Bible: Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. Athletes remind themselves of this to get their best possible results and performance. When everything is going great, when everything is running smoothly, I don't know the truth about myself. In this Expository Sermon Outline entitled Faith Through The Storm, we look at James 1:2-8 and discover important principles that will help us face problems. Remember The Reward For Enduring: A Crown of Life. Messy Faith (James 2:25-26) The Orthodoxy of Hell (James 2:19) How Faith Grows (James 2:21-24) Discount Religion (James 2:8-13) The Problem of Partiality (James 2:1-13) Teachers Beware! We all suffer trials and temptations as…, —    Pain                  death                            hurt, —    Lust                  sickness                       greed, —    Disease                        separation                     accidents, —    Divorce             disappointments           anger, —    Loss                 immorality                     loneliness, —    Cheating                       emptiness                     lying. Character than your comfort and care for us He already knew it all joy when ye fall into divers.. 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