Tag Archive | James

Gifts from Above

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Verse of the Day:  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

God is good and every gift from him is good and perfect. Think about all good in your life, your job, your home, your family, and know it’s all a gift from God.  Think about the spiritual gifts you’ve been given, they too are a gift from God. Now think about the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, they all come from our heavenly Father.  As we go through this holiday season let’s not forget what it’s really about and remember to be grateful for all the gifts from above.

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‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly

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Verse of the Day:  James 1:19

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly.  Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year everyone is busy, stressed out, in a hurry, and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians, let’s try to set an example of how to treat others.  Let’s be patient, kind and slow to anger and remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Seek Spiritual Wisdom

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Verse of the Day:   James 3:17

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

 

Spiritual wisdom comes from God and it gives you the ability to live a life that is obedient to Him no matter what trials you face.  Consistently seek God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and through prayer and you will begin to see the changes in yourself and in your life.

Draw Near to God

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Verse of the Day: James 4:8a

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

 

We all need God in our lives, but how do you “draw near to God”?  You draw near to him through prayer, praise and worship.  You need to take the first step by inviting him into your life and start to experience his goodness for yourself.

Immutable God

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Verse of the Day:  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

Sometimes God allows bad things to happen and we may never know the answer to why.  What we need to understand is that God is good and he cannot change.  When bad things do happen we must put our trust in God knowing that he will see us through.  If there’s one thing we can count on it’s that God is good all the time.  He has always been good, is good, and always will be good. He never changes and every good and perfect gift come from our Father in heaven.

Making Wise Decisions

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James 1:5

Verse of the Day:   James 1:5

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.

 

If you have a big decision to make that you are uncertain about, take it to the Lord in prayer.  God is wise and all knowing, the giver of all good things.  Bring your concerns to him with sincerity and ask for guidance and wisdom to make the right decision.

Petition

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James 4:2

Verse of the Day:   James 4:2

You do not have because you do not ask God.

 

If you need something you should go directly to the source.  Take it to God in prayer, be bold and confident with your personal petitions, with the right motives, and be persistent.  If your prayers are not answered immediately keep praying, keep asking, and keep believing.