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.

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(Pastor Steve starts the first section - co-preaching with Pastor Karenlee)

The Scripture that we’ll be taking a look at today is …

James 1:15-18

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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

Working our way through the first chapter of James we have noted:

Joy in trials brings perseverance, endurance, maturity and completeness

The Rich and the Poor both have humiliation and trials

Perseverance through trials brings eternal life

Trials can lead to temptation when the way of the flesh calls for escape

Yielding to temptation leads to sin which, unchecked, leads to death

Without pausing James goes immediately into verse 16 which says:

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.”

With regard to trials and temptations we have not only the input that comes into our mind through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch but we have the onslaught of the deceiver as well.

John 8:44b

“[The devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

What is the intention of a lie? To deceive!

1 Timothy 4:1

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

Galatians 6:7

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.”

Matthew 24:4

“Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’”

For instance when facing a severe trial, where not only you but a loved one may encounter harsh circumstances, the temptation will often arise to totally avoid the situation.

We can have victory through trials by reliance on God

We will experience defeat try to avoid the trial God has allowed you to go through.

If God is allowing testing, He is right there with you.

If God is allowing testing and you bail out in order to save yourself from facing difficulties or even death you are choosing to leave God behind and go it on your own.

James 1:16

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.”

God doesn’t call us to the easy way of life!

There may be pain ahead! There may be suffering ahead! There may be death ahead.

Should we try to escape the pain, suffering and even death if God has called us to it??

Once again, what should our attitude be?

Where do You want me right now for You and Your kingdom here on earth?

Escape is the way of the world. With escape the light at the end of the tunnel is indeed a train!

Facing the trial may look like disaster but the path with Christ is always best.

= (Pastor Karenlee) ==================================================

James 1:16-18

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.

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