Have you ever read a scripture, one that you've read many times before, but this time, it's a new blessing that touches your heart? Well, that happened to me the other morning and I almost called everyone of you to share! But I didn't. It's been on my heart ever since....so.....I'm sharing with you today. I don't know why the Lord is speaking to me on these scriptures...I don't know why He has put it on my heart to share with you...but I feel He has. He must have a blessing for you too.
The book of James may be the earliest of the New Testament letters, written about A.D. 48. This letter, written by the brother of Jesus and one of the leaders of the church in Jerusalem, was addressed to Christians everywhere. The seven books of the New Testament from James through Jude are called the general letters because they are addressed to Christians in general and not to a special church.
James wrote this letter to teach Christians the practice of Christianity. He insists that if we have real faith, we will show it by acting like Christians. He gives practical advice on things like anger and quarreling, showing favoritism, controlling the tongue, boasting, patience and prayer.
It was James 1:1-8 that spoke to my heart and that I want to share.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.