(James 1:1-11; 8/2/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)
Introduction: God’s people are urged to face trials with godly joy, wisdom, and confidence. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to face our trials with godly joy, wisdom, and confidence.
Summary Highlights: In vss. 1-4, James presents himself as a servant of God and Jesus Christ. He writes to the 12 scattered tribes. He urges them to consider it joy when they face various trials. Facing trials with joy leads to perseverance and maturity.
In vss. 5-8, James talks about seeking wisdom from God. God is said to give it generously without finding fault. However, the seekers must ask for wisdom with believing hearts. Being doubled minded will not lead to wisdom being granted.
In vss. 9-11, James talks about believers in humble circumstances taking pride in their high positions. He talks about how the rich should take pride in their humiliation. The riches of this world are temporary and fading.Applications:
1. Servants and siblings. Notice in vss. 1-2 that James saw himself as a servant of God and sibling of believers. .....Let’s work on living like servants of God and siblings of believers.
2. Saved but still scattered and tried. Notice in vss. 1-4 that being saved doesn’t exempt one from being scattered and having trials. .....Let’s work on accepting the troubles that come into our lives, instead of simply trying to avoid pain or complain about our pains.
3. Facing trials. Notice in vss. 2-4 that the readers are urged to consider their trials pure joy. .....Let’s work on facing our trials in godly ways.
4. Seeking wisdom. Notice in vss. 5-8 that believers can ask for wisdom and receive it from God, if they ask with a believing spirit. .....Let’s work on seeking wisdom from God with believing spirits.
5. Keeping your mind right. Notice in vss. 9-10 that believers can be proud of the high position of facing humble circumstances, while rich people should take pride in the humiliation that comes after riches have faded......Let’s work on keeping our minds right.