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James 1 - NIV

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,

3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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.

6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.

10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.

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.

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Listening and Doing


Footnotes

a. James 1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 16 and 19; and in 2:1, 5, 14; 3:10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19.


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David Edward Ray avatar
Escaping your Alcatraz
Shared by: David Edward Ray on Nov, 2016
Summary: Escaping your Alcatraz is a message of hope for those that are caught in their own prison of addiction, depression or anything that has us bound. All of our efforts cannot set us free. The Spirit of the Lord can.
David Edward Ray avatar
The four dreams of Maewyn Succat - St. Patrick's Day Sermon
Shared by: David Edward Ray on Nov, 2016
Summary: The life story of Maewyn Succat (St Patrick) takes us through the life of a young man who was captured and sold as a slave in Ireland. After escaping and returning to his homeland, God called him back to the land of his Captors to preach the gospel.
Dan Proctor avatar
The Four “P’s” of Tribulation
Shared by: Dan Proctor on Oct, 2016
Summary: When encountering a tribulation, it is a great opportunity to grow as a believer. I want to focus on four key words that hopefully will cause us all to view problems and tribulations with a little different perspective.
Scripture: James 1:1-12
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 107
Kerry Haynes avatar
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Oct, 2016
Summary: Only one of the ten lepers in today's story thought to thank the giver for his miraculous gift of healing. God calls us to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, as we thank him for every good gift from heaven above.
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
DON’T ERR BROTHER ARE SISTER
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Sep, 2016
Summary: Look out people the Devil is out to get you.
Jordan Muck avatar
Humility
Shared by: Jordan Muck on Sep, 2016
Summary: Understanding the Buzz Words of Christianity
Series: Buzz Words
Scripture: James 1:2
Views: 86
William R. Nabaza avatar
All gifts came from GOD
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Sep, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD is the Source and Cause of everything good that we have in this life and in the life to come.
Fred Sigle avatar
GOD'S NOT DEAD: GOD'S WILL
Shared by: Fred Sigle on Aug, 2016
Summary: "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" That is the question that many ask to prove that God either does not exist, or He doesn't care. It all comes down to what is and what is not God's will.
Eugene Pansler Jr avatar
How Can You Know God's Will?
Shared by: Eugene Pansler Jr on Apr, 2016
Summary: how can you know God's will
Scripture: James 1:17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 179
GUY GLASS avatar
TEMPTED BY WHOM?
Shared by: GUY GLASS on Mar, 2016
Summary: This message look at the process of temptation from the onset of desire to the culmination as sin, as well as motivation for not sinning.
Scripture: James 1:13-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 144
GUY GLASS avatar
Four Tools We Need To Make It Through Times Of Trouble
Shared by: GUY GLASS on Feb, 2016
Summary: This message deals with four tools we can use from the book of James to get us through times of trial and persecution.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: James 1:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,469
GUY GLASS avatar
Genuine Faith in the Midst of Trials
Shared by: GUY GLASS on Feb, 2016
Summary: This is the first message in a series through the book of James. This messages is the first looking at the subject of genuine faith when we face persecution.
Scripture: James 1:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 506
Lorraine Greeff avatar
NO DUMPING
Shared by: Lorraine Greeff on Jan, 2016
Summary: the garbage that we allow in our heads, thoughts.
Scripture: James 1:16-21
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 845
Dean Courtier avatar
Are you a “Christian” or are you a Disciple?
Shared by: Dean Courtier on Jan, 2016
Summary: God calls us to be more than just people who live the way they want throughout the week and then maybe turn up for a couple of hours at church on Sunday.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: James 1:1-5:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,316
Joe Birdsall avatar
Trials and Troubles
Shared by: Joe Birdsall on Dec, 2015
Summary: A short treatise on the first few verse of Chapter 1 of James.
David Henderson avatar
"Learning to lift weights"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2015
Summary: Trials are hard but getting through them brings joy.
Scripture: James 1:2-3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 474
Robert Sickler avatar
Endure
Shared by: Robert Sickler on Dec, 2015
Summary: We can neither escape experiencing the evils of this world nor can we avoid God’s testing the quality of our devotion by letting us experience reality. It is important, however, that we do not let the hard times damage our faith and service to Christ.
bala samson avatar
Beauty perishes
Shared by: bala samson on Dec, 2015
Summary: When we ignore God and His power and try to do things in our own power and might, we would wither away quickly! Caveat!
Lonnie  Erwin avatar
When The Going Gets Tough
Shared by: Lonnie Erwin on Nov, 2015
Summary: As we begin our study of it is important to see the context in which this book was written. The New Testament mentions 4 men who have the inspired scriptures included within its pages. Other than the Gospel writers.
Series: James
Ron Freeman, Evangelist avatar
Pure Religion
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Nov, 2015
Summary: To establish that “pure religion” is not a feeling, but a faithful service to others by those who live daily to remain pure and unspotted from the world. Pure religion has it origin from the Word of God; not from the words of men!
Derrick Tuper avatar
Untrue Statements People Believe
Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Oct, 2015
Summary: In my sermon a couple of weeks ago about statements that we might’ve thought were biblical but aren’t. I have some more statements that we might believe are true but aren’t. Let’s take a look at the misconceptions behind these popular quotes.
Scripture: James 1:13-15
Views: 1,008
Paul Clemente avatar
Temptations?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Sep, 2015
Summary: How do we deal with temptations which always creep into our lives?
Series: James
Scripture: James 1:13-18
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 852
Paul Clemente avatar
Trials?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Sep, 2015
Summary: How doe we handle trials?
Series: James
Paul Basehore avatar
Straight Outta Context: Philippians 4:13
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Sep, 2015
Summary: Philippians 4:13 does not say that we can literally do anything. What it does say, though, is that a super-powered God will willingly and repeatedly share His strength with us when things get difficult.
Gerald Roberts avatar
What do I look like?
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Aug, 2015
Summary: The text describes to us, not to forget what manner of person we see in the mirror.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 1:17-27
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,026
Craig Condon avatar
The Goodness of God
Shared by: Craig Condon on Aug, 2015
Summary: God is available at all times to hear our prayers, to listen to our concerns and to be touched by the nonverbal communication of our feelings. In return, we must be increasingly acquainted with the voice of God. We must follow God each and every day.
Ronald Shultz avatar
Run To The Light!
Shared by: Ronald Shultz on Aug, 2015
Summary: In a dark world it is best to go the the Light!!
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Understand BAIT? Seasons of trials!
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Aug, 2015
Summary: Seasons of testing are neither good or bad, they are neutral. It is how we handle these situations... We need toUNDERSTAND: to know meaning or know how, to grasp, to be familiar, to achieve, this test is an opportunity for promotion.
Stephen Belokur avatar
Good and Perfect Gifts - James 1:16-18
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Aug, 2015
Summary: These verses follow teaching on testing and trials. Is it possible that testing and trials could be considered good and perfect gifts from the Father of the heavenly lights? It all depends if you're walking with Him or away from Him.
Series: James
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 1:16-18
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,229
Stephen Belokur avatar
Temptation vs. Testing and Trials - What's the Difference?
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Aug, 2015
Summary: Earlier in the first chapter of James much has been said about testing and trials but now James turns his attention to temptation. How are they alike and how are they different, especially since the Greek word is the same for both? Let's take a look!
Series: James