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Temptation Versus Testing

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James 1:12-15
Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between temptation and testing. God permits trials to test and refine the believer’s faith. Satan views trials as temptation as he seeks to derail the believer from following the Lord. In this study, Pastor Jack gives us the anatomy of trials and temptations. He takes us from the initial temptation showing how sinful desires will deceive and draw us away from the Lord. The moment temptation turns to disobedience, sin then reigns in the life of the believer and will remain in control until confession is made to the Lord.
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God Is So Good!

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James 1:16-18
One of Satan’s many tricks to get people to blame God when bad things happen. In these verses, Pastor Jack reminds of the fact that we all face trials and when trials come we are not to blame God for our unpleasant circumstance. God is always good and the gifts that He gives us are always good. Therefore, we are not to interpret a trial to be God’s ill will toward us. God does not tempt us nor does He draw us into sin. Whenever we fall into temptation, we must take personal responsibility for our actions and never blame God. God is only and always good. By His will He brought life to us by literally birthing us.
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Receiving The Word Of God

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James 1:19-21
Often when trials come, we don’t see them as an experience that God has permitted and thus often complain about our circumstances. Rather than becoming upset, we are to have an ear towards God and remain calm looking for God’s purpose and plan knowing that being angry does work the righteousness of God. When facing trials, rather than being frustrated and verbally expressing our displeasure, we are to turn to God’s Word and receive it with all meekness. In this study, Pastor Jack looks at James’ instructions on how we are to approach God’s Word by being “swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”
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Responding To The Word Of God

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James 1:22-25
The purpose of God’s Word is to provoke a response and change lives. Yet, for most, hearing is one thing, but doing is quite another. In this study, Pastor Jack points up the fact that James says that we can be easily deceived thinking that we don’t need any correction. As a result, we go away unaffected from the hearing of God’s Word. Hearing God’s Word is like looking into a mirror and seeing who we truly are. Yet, so soon, after turning away, we forget what we saw. How do we overcome this temptation to forget? Pastor Jack continues with James’ prescription of looking more intently by concentrating on what God’s Word is saying.
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True & False Religion

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James 1:26-27
In these final verses of chapter 1, James contrasts true religion with false religion. In looking at these verses, Pastor Jack shows that true religion begins with a changed heart eventually changing the externals such as the tongue. True joy and service to the Lord comes from a heart that expresses a worship and love for God in view of what He has done through His Son, Jesus Christ. A service unto God without love and devotion is worthless. The person whose religious experience is genuine will put spiritual truth into practice, and his life will be marked by a love for others and holiness before God.
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Do My Eyes Deceive Me?

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James 2:1-4
An area of human weakness is showing favoritism. With that in mind, James begins to address the issue by pointedly teaching that as believers we cannot show partiality. Furthermore, James drives his point home by using an illustration from a typical church setting. The first four verses of chapter two set the stage for James’ further instruction on how we as believers must not show favoritism towards others whether they be rich or poor.
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Comparing My Choices With His

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James 2:5-9
James continues addressing the issue of partiality that is common with us all. In verse five, he tells us that God’s way of choosing is opposite of mans ways in that He has chosen the poor of the earth to be rich in faith. With that in mind, Pastor Jack reminds us that we were chosen not for our good looks, our noble intentions, or lovability, but only because God’s grace as He looks upon the heart. This is clearly seen looking at the humble means God used to bring Jesus into this world. Even when Jesus was ministering upon the earth, he reached out to the rejected and the disadvantaged. Therefore, as believers, we must see through God’s eyes and be ready to accept those for whom Jesus had come.
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No Partiality In The Law Of Liberty

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James 2:10-13
This study continues with part three on the subject of partiality, which James calls a sin that stems from the old nature. On the surface, we might not think that judging others on the basis of appearance is a serious crime. Yet, James tells us that if we try to keep the whole law, but offend in just one point by showing partiality, then we are guilty of all of the law. The point James makes is sin is sin regardless of how great or small we view it. Therefore, rather than being quick to judge others, we should show a hand of mercy because mercy triumphs over judgment.
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Faith That Works

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James 2:14-19
In this study, Pastor Jack tackles a theme that James is known for; the theme of faith and works. This is a subject that many find difficult to understand especially seeing that we are saved by faith and not works. James’ argument says that if a person is really saved by faith then that faith will become evident in the lifestyle of the believer. To illustrate, James takes us back into church showing how it is not possible to have a changed life and not reach out to a fellow Christian who has material needs.
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Faith On Display

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James 2:20-26
In this study, Pastor Jack continues with James’ argument that real faith will be vindicated by visible works. To do so, James uses two illustrations from the Old Testament to prove his point. First he shows that Abraham had saving faith by obeying God by offering up his son Isaac. Pastor Jack points out that before Abraham did this, he first had to have faith. Secondly, James points to an unlikely example in Rahab, the harlot, whose faith was justified by her works when she hid the spies.
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