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AWAY FROM GOD

February 25, 2017

Saturday

 

James 1:12

 

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

 

 

LESSON

 

Thus far James revealed the value of trials, how God uses them to perfect the Christian,

and how to obtain God’s perspective on one’s trials when this is difficult to see. Next he

proceeded to explain the consequences of obedience and disobedience, and the source of

temptations, so his readers could manage their trials effectively.

 

In view of how God uses trials in our lives, we should persevere in the will of God

joyfully. The Christian who “perseveres under trials,” who does not yield to temptations

to depart from the will of God, demonstrates his or her “love” for God. It is those who persevere under trials out of love for God, while being severely tested, whom He will reward with “the crown of life”. Only the person who endures through severe testings and temptations will receive

the blessing.

 

The Christian must be humble before God in all situations! When trials come in our lives (and they will), the first thing we should ask is “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?”

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:27

 

He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby

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