I just finished a journey through the book of Malachi which gives a graphic picture of the closing period of the Old Testament history, showing that great reforms were needed to prepare the way for the coming Messiah. As a society and as individuals, we need to be honest with ourselves so we don’t limit God’s power but diagnose problem areas where we fall short so that His power can change where we need to change and new habits can be established that make us into the people God wants us to be.
We need to follow God’s ways with the help of life experiences and from His Word; reading with a purpose by learning lessons that can be applied to life. Every individual has tremendous value to God for He offers His saving grace in Christ for all who want a new start. We can use this gift to inspire generosity in us and help those in need by giving our time and resources.
The Old Testament ends with victory for those who believe and continue to honor God. While expecting His gracious promise to be fulfilled each day, let us be thankful, give our best effort, be disciplined, and care for our neighbors.
Now as I turn my attention to the study of the book of James, I will use the questions below to help focus on each passage. Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of these questions. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Define trial. What trials do you meet most often? When? How do you usually handle them? What is the meaning you derive from the smile? Why should you consider a trial all joy? How will you handle temptations you meet today? Why?
What is the implanted Word? By what methods do you translate what you hear (sermons, Bible study, etc.) into action? Is there a common task you can start doing as if it were being done directly for Jesus?
What people or groups do you know that are favored? What reasons does James give that such partiality is absolutely wrong? What should be your standard for action?
Define faith and works. How are they related? By what works will you demonstrate your faith today? What common task would I be more motivated to do if I were doing them directly for Jesus?
It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.