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James 1:2

James 1:2

Many believers think that our Christian life should be problem-free and devoid of trials and yet Jesus warned that in this world we will have tribulation, while Paul also reminds us that we must, through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

James also wanted to explain that our personal trials are a test of our faith and the daily difficulties we face in life.. help to develop our Christian character and mature our read more...

James 1:3

James 1:3

So much in the Christian walk seems to be diametrically opposite to all that the Word of God says, and the suffering that we face in this world is no exception. We are told in many places the reasons and benefits of suffering and are given many examples of people who faced severe trials in their lives – but who came through as gold. It may be Satan that throws suffering our way in an attempt to bring out the worst in us and shipwreck our faith in the Lord - read more...

James 1:4

James 1:4

Whether we are faced with fleshly temptations that rise up from our old sin nature or testing trials that come from above, we know that God takes all things and weaves them beautifully together for good to those that love God and are called by grace through faith in Christ - according to His good purpose.

But how often we desire a life that is free from trouble and swimming in happy blessings. How often our pleading prayer is for read more...

James 1:5

James 1:5

It has been said that the knowledge of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom and recognising our lack of wisdom is a prudent step to spiritual understanding. Scripture qualifies this by reminding us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that a knowledge of the holy is understanding. Life is full of pitfalls and snares and it is comforting to know that no matter what trials we may be called upon to face, we can ask the Lord for godly read more...

James 1:6

James 1:6

The epistle of James was sent to Christians who had been scattered abroad as a result of persecution. He knew that the human response to the difficulties and dangers we face in life can either cause us to doubt God's goodness or increase our trust in His sufficient grace.

James knew that disbelief in God's goodness and power.. during times of great problems and pain, results in a man or woman being buffeted and bruised by the read more...

James 1:7

James 1:7

Every child of God is called to mature in the faith and grow in their spiritual life.. and throughout the New Testament we are taught that maturity in the faith is tested and established through trials and tribulations. If we are to grow in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are bound to go through various difficulties and dangers, trials and tribulations.

Peter reminds us that the testing of our faith is more read more...

James 1:8

James 1:8

We are told in Hebrews that without faith it is impossible to please God, for not only must we 1) first.. trust Him for salvation by grace through faith in Christ's finished work at Calvary, but 2) second.. as born-again Christians we must continue to believe in the truth of His word.. to trust in His many precious promises and to have faith that He hears and answers prayer.

In his epistle, it seems that James is taking us on a read more...

James 1:10

James 1:10

There is much in Scripture that talks of money and wealth. We are not to store up riches on earth but to lay up treasure in heaven. We are exhorted to fix our hope on God Who supplies all things lavishly for us to enjoy. We are to not to place our trust in the uncertainty of this world’s fleeting affluence, but in God’s eternal promises to us.

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James 1:11

James 1:11

As with all the apostles, the dear desire of James is to see all believers in Christ maturing in their faith; growing in grace; trusting God unwaveringly and developing an ever-increasing faith in His gracious provision and sufficient grace. And yet he knows from experience that the Christian life, for both rich and poor, is full of trials and tribulations - difficulties and distresses.

It is for this reason that James encourages read more...

James 1:12

James 1:12

It is trials and tribulation in the life of a Christian that refines our trust in God and increases our dependence upon the Lord. The personal difficulties and dangers that we face in our everyday life, and our reaction to the distresses and despair of others is often the determining factor - of whether we hold fast to what we believe of Christ's sufficient strength.. OR, whether we allow seeds of doubt to darken our hearts to the goodness of God.. and so read more...

James 1:13

James 1:13

How quickly and easily God is blamed when we suffer some calamity or fall into sin. “God should not have allowed this to happen,' we murmur - or “God made me like this, so it's His fault!'.. is our accusation.. “and I couldn't help it', is often the lame excuse we make, when we fall into temptation and sin. But all the misery of the world, and the evil with which we are surrounded is rooted in sin, and whether it is self-inflicted or comes from the hands of read more...

James 1:14

James 1:14

When we are tempted to sin we must not forget that temptation never comes from the Lord, but has its root in sin. Temptation comes to us through the outer enticements of the world and the inner lusts of the flesh. If we give into temptation we sin, but when we resist sin's evil bait.. God turns that temptation into a meaningful trial, which He uses for our greater good and His own glory.

Temptations and trials are the opposite read more...

James 1:15

James 1:15

All that is evil is of the devil and all that is good is of God and so God will never tempt a man to sin, for God hates sin and cannot look upon sin – but God will often use temptation in a man’s life to test his faith, patience and perseverance - and the one that endures the test will glorify God.

Temptation to sin must never be seen as a sin. Christ Himself was tempted yet He never sinned - and we too can be tempted but do read more...

James 1:16

James 1:16

We are warned in many places in Scripture not to be deceived.. especially in the area of testing, trials and temptation. We are not to be deceived about the source of sin and its consequences and we are to be particularly careful of being led astray from the truth of God's word into justifying our own, self-authenticated, ungodly acts and lustful pride.. rather than taking personal responsibility for our own words and actions.

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James 1:17

James 1:17

God is good, and in the beginning, He created the visible light of the sun, and the moon, and all the heavenly bodies, for warmth and heat and to brighten our pathway on earth. But He is the same One Who illuminates our spiritual understanding for His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path - and through His Holy Spirit we are guided into all truth.

God sheds on us the light of His love and purity, and the gifts of His read more...

James 1:18

James 1:18

In the beginning God created man in His own image, but man rebelled and all his progeny were imputed with sin. They became sinners by nature, estranged from God and without hope in the world.

In these end times in which we live, God in His grace sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sin.. so that all who believe in Him might be made NEW creatures in Christ and become part of a NEW creation, whereby we are declared read more...

James 1:19

James 1:19

Too often in life we discover the folly of opening our mouth and responding in careless haste to the words and actions of others and too often we react in annoyance or anger, only to discover that we had misunderstood the facts of the matter, causing us to regret that we spoke so quickly and reacted so hastily.

There are many scriptures that warn of the poison that can fall from the tongue and the damage that unguarded words or read more...

James 1:22

James 1:22

In his epistle James outlines the relationship between faith and works. He recognises that there are some that profess to be Christians who do not have a saving faith - but he is also aware that there are those that have a genuine saving faith but show little or no outward evidence of their justification - and so he admonishes all genuine Christians to be doers of the word and not hearers only.

James seeks to distinguish between read more...

James 1:25

James 1:25

Not a day should go past without the believer in Christ checking him or herself to make sure that they are in the faith and not tossed about by every doctrinal ‘wind-of-change’. There should be a regular examination of one’s biblical principles to ensure that we are not straying from the path of righteousness, becoming embroiled in legalist practices or claiming that our liberty in Christ is a licence to sin.

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James 1:27

James 1:27

There is a saying that: “Christianity is a relationship and not a religion', and in many respects this it true, but perhaps it would be more accurate to state what the Bible says - that Christianity is: the only pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father.

Paul often writes about the 'Jewish religion' and warns against the 'religion of angels' as well as 'self-made read more...

James 2:1

James 2:1

The maturing Christian must not only speak the truth in love, but practice their faith in every aspect of their life. We are to live the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ in each and every situation that may arise.

We are not simply to believe in a statement of faith with our intellectual mind.. but we are to live out our personal, trusting faith in Christ in every aspect of our daily life... by the way that we live - by read more...

James 2:2

James 2:2

There is no shadow of turning with the Lord, and the elderly apostle Peter is one who rehearsed this truth with the fledgling church at the first council in Jerusalem: that God shows no favouritism. Paul later reinforced this truth by reminding us that: that there is no partiality with God... and warns that, whoever does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

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James 2:3

James 2:3

James is challenging his brothers in Christ to examine their motives to see if they are godly or hypocritical. He is pointing out that faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ should not reflect an attitude of personal favouritism - and then he goes on to give a brilliant example of hypocrisy that can be found in the lives of many Christians.. even inside the doors of certain Church fellowships.

He presents a Church assembly read more...

James 2:5

James 2:5

God has no partiality for He is equally as desirous to save the rich as the poor, the female as the male, the gentile as the Jew the old as the young, and yet James here seems to imply that God gives special favour to those that are poor, in respect of the riches of this world. How could this be?

Well, although this verse says that God has chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith, there is no bias or read more...

James 2:10

James 2:10

James reminds us that: whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all, which appears to be at odds with the teaching of Paul, who insists that we are not under Law but under Grace.

On the surface, this verse appears to be contradicting the good news of the gospel of grace, and upholding the Law of Moses, by teaching that breaking one part of the law makes a man guilty of all. However, read more...

James 2:14

James 2:14

There are no contradictions in the word of God and yet many believers consider this letter of James to be at odds with the teachings of the apostle Paul, for James seems to be basing salvation on works while Paul clearly says that: having be justified by faith we have peace with God. 

James however, is emphasising that genuine salvation is based on works, which can be observed by man.. while Paul teaches that genuine read more...

James 2:17

James 2:17

When reading the Bible, it is always important to identify the context in which it is written, or the person, group of people or nation to whom it is addressed. James makes it clear, right at the beginning of his epistle, that he is writing his letter to Church-age believers. However, we also note that he particularly addressed those from the 12 tribes of Israel - who had been scattered among the nations, during a time of severe persecution.

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James 2:19

James 2:19

James did not sugar-coat the gospel of God, nor did he pull his punches when teaching the truth.. because he knew the serious and eternal consequences of rejecting the gospel of grace, or of feigning faith in Christ's finished work. Indeed, incredible, satanic deceptions, which distorted the truth of biblical salvation, started to flood into the Church in those early days, and has continued, unabated, into these end times.

One read more...

James 3:1

James 3:1

The epistle of James was probably written by Christ's younger half-brother, and is considered to be the first New Testament book to be penned. It appears to rely more heavily of Christ's own, pre-cross teachings to Israel, rather than focussing on post-cross revelation to the Church, which was mainly given through Paul and the other apostles of Christ.

However, there is much important teaching in this little letter, that we would read more...

James 3:4

James 3:4

The tongue is a very small instrument, but it can be extremely influential - both for good and for evil. In the book of Proverbs, we find many examples where the tongues can been used for good - but also it describes the harmful mischief-making. and untold damage that a deceitful, gossiping, murmuring or lying tongue can inflict on an innocent victim.

The tongues of the righteous can give great encouragement and instruction, help read more...

James 3:10

James 3:10

We are required by God to conduct our lives with godly wisdom and spiritual understanding.. but the most unruly evil, which is incapable of being subdued by self-effort or rigorous training is the taming of the tongue.

This little organ can produce the most beautiful blessings which give glory of God while at the same time can pour forth the most un-sanctified filth and blasphemy, which discredits His holy name - and these things read more...

James 3:13

James 3:13

There is a significant difference between true wisdom and false wisdom - between wisdom from above and the wisdom of the world. The world too often equates wisdom with knowledge while godly wisdom is given from above.. as the Spirit of God directs the steps of a man and guides him in his actions and attitude.

Wisdom does not depend on how much knowledge a man manages to acquire but on how a man conducts himself in his every day read more...

James 3:16

James 3:16

There are certain character traits that are earthly, fleshly, sensual and demonic and there are those that are heavenly, spiritual, holy and godly. Only those that are born-again believers, who walk in spirit and truth are enabled to display the good and godly attributes that come from above, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Both unsaved sinners and carnal Christians, who carry out the works of the flesh, can read more...

James 3:17

James 3:17

James was a man that gave the church much good advice. He reminded believers that God is generous to all and will give wisdom willingly and uncritically to everyone who asks Him for it, in faith. He expands his treatise on wisdom by contrasting the wisdom of the world with the wisdom that comes from above and pointing out that true wisdom is demonstrated by a man’s good and gracious conduct – by his noble works and by his gracious conversation. James also adds read more...

James 4:1

James 4:1

Having just delivered an important paragraph about the qualities of being of a peacemaker.. where sowing in peace is the key to raising a harvest of righteousness, James dives headlong, into a stinging treaties on the detrimental effects of fights, quarrels, lust, hate, envy and pride, within the body of Christ.

The wise man is the one that pursues peace, and speaks the truth in love, while the tragedy of those who wallow in read more...

James 4:3

James 4:3

So much in scripture points to right thinking and aligning our will to the will of God, which is an important key to living a victorious and contented life in this world, while at the same time laying up for ourselves treasure in heaven, in the life to come. If the desires of our heart reflect those of the Father, they will be good and wholesome, wise and pure but too often the old sin nature causes the lust of the flesh and the pride of life to rear its ugly read more...

James 4:4

James 4:4

These are pretty tough words for any believer to receive from an author of the God-breathed scriptures but nonetheless they are contained within the canon of holy writ and need to be explored with an open heart, that is not hiding behind a self-righteous exterior.

James the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, like the apostle Peter, had a ministry to Jewish believers in Christ – in the early church, and this epistle is read more...

James 4:6

James 4:6

James desires to get some important truths across to his fellow-Christians. He seeks to warn us against favouritism; to remind us of the dangers of an unruly tongue; to encourage us to seek wisdom from the Lord; to avoid the devastating danger of pride, which manifest itself in covetous cravings and evil desires and to remember that Scripture teaches that the indwelling Spirit of God yearns over each of us with a godly jealousy – that desires that we walk in read more...

James 4:7

James 4:7

As Christians we are not under law but under grace. As God's children, who are saved by grace through faith in Christ, we can walk in spirit and truth OR we can live our life in the lust of the flesh. We can yield to the work of the Holy Spirit within OR we can submit to the evil influences of Satan.

As believers we can allow sin to rule and reign in our mortal body and give in to the sinful desires of our fleshly nature OR we read more...

James 4:8

James 4:8

Christians are eternally united to Christ by faith, but sin is a barrier that fractures a believer’s relationship with God. Just as it is sin that separates an unbeliever from union with our Lord… so sin causes broken fellowship between a believer and God. When a believer’s fellowship with God has been broken, it will remain fractured until we confess our wrong doing with a sincere heart, for God is faithful and just to forgive His children read more...

James 4:17

James 4:17

The Word of God is not only our plumb-line for truth, but also should be our handbook for life and living. All scripture has been written for our learning, but the new testament epistles give specific guidance and instruction on living the Christian life, in this Church dispensation.

God has given us all we need for life and godliness, and we have been given the holy Scriptures, which provide clear teaching on how to walk in spirit and truth, and why read more...

James 5:6

James 5:6

There are many passages in the Bible that bewail the seeming prosperity of ungodly, rich tricksters while the people of God seem to be mercilessly exploited and defrauded by them, in every area of life. But James addresses the issue of social justice in this part of his epistle and he does not pull his punches as to his severe denunciation of their immoral ways.. while outlining the fatal, final outcome of their iniquitous lives.

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James 5:11

James 5:11

The apostle James touches on many issues that affected persecuted Christians in the early church. Topics in James relate to the unity in the Body of Christ as well as faith, wisdom, conflict, justice and prayer.

But one issue that seems to thread its way throughout his epistle, and which is equally relevant for Christians today, touches on the need for unquestioning, patient-endurance, during difficult trials and read more...

James 5:13

James 5:13

Prayer and praise are two vital elements in the Christian life, and yet they are perhaps the two essential components of a believer's spiritual walk, that are most frequently lacking.

Too often pray and praise have been infiltrated with new age philosophies, tainted with occultic thinking or simply infused with a worldly mindset. And yet godly living, through ceaseless prayer and thankful praise, is the Father's will for all His read more...

James 5:14

James 5:14

Prayer is a great privilege for the Christian for it affords us an audience at the throne of grace.. for mercy to find help in time of need. And the book of James both begins and ends with the “prayer of faith'.

At the beginning we are warned against being a double-minded Christian, where we pray with doubt in our hearts.. and right at the end of his letter we discover that the effective, fervent prayer of the righteous man, read more...

James 5:16

James 5:16

As James draws his epistle to a close, we are called to confess our trespasses to one another and to pray for each other, knowing that the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

This call to confession is not a summons to the confessional box where a 'priest' becomes a middleman between us and God - for there is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. and He alone is the one to read more...