EQUIPPED, NOT INADEQUATE But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position.  James 1:9             Are you plagued with nagging self-doubt?  You review your humble beginnings, your lack of experience, and/or your failures and before long, you lose your nerve for the calling of God on your life.  Add to that …

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FULLY PERSUADED Let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:4             The oldest manuscripts read, “perfect and fully assured, fully persuaded.”   If I am fully persuaded, nothing will stand in my way.  I will have no doubt about who Jesus is, what God is …

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BY-PRODUCT OF TESTING Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  James 1:2-3             Testing brings endurance, according to James.  How?             1.) The nature of a test is to face a challenge that takes me beyond my proficiency level.  I …

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TRUTH IS HUMBLING James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.  James 1:1             James was the half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up in the same household yet failed to recognize his brother’s divine nature.  Family ties and sibling issues obscured his vision.  Often, what is right under our noses is …

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