Summary: as we proceed in our study of the book of James, we come to a section here in Chapter 1, verses 12 through 15 where James gives us some simple truth. Truth about trials and truth about temptations. James looks at the origins of both, the results of both
THE BOOK OF JAMES
LESSONS FOR THE MATERIALIZING CHURCH -- PART 3
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God 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 one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
INTRODUCTION: as we proceed in our study of the book of James, we come to a section here in Chapter 1, verses 12 through 15 where James gives us some simple truth. Truth about trials and truth about temptations. James looks at the origins of both, the results of both, and the path they each take as they work through our lives.
I THE TRUTH ABOUT TRIALS
Getting up to speed: James has already told us that trials as a believer are inevitable, that they have a process, and that God’s wisdom in dealing with trials is available to us in order to navigate through them.
A TRIALS ARE CONQUERABLE
1 “when he has stood the test”
a The trials we will face are winnable
b We do not go through trials doubting whether we will be the victor or not.
1 The issue is not do we win
2 The issue is discovering what we need to do in order to win
2 Our attitude is the key
a Jesus has often spoken about attitude.
Matthew 21:28-31 (quickview)  "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 29 "'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 "Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. 31 "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
1 It is never what we say, but it is what we do.
2 The believer who has an abundant life is the believer who is obedient in his actions, not just in his words.
3 The key to the right attitude in trials is seeing the advantage of trials