In James 1, the Lord through James exhorts the followers of Christ to embrace God’s purpose for them in trials.  He wants to make them more like Jesus in their trials, yet it will take trusting His purpose for them in trials.  They need to pray asking God to give them the wisdom to see trials from God’s perspective.  Lord, help me see that You are making me more like Jesus through trials and help me embrace that purpose for Your Glory.

In James 2, the Lord through James shows that true faith produces good works.  It is not stagnant, but is active.  James challenges the notion that someone can truly have faith in Christ and there be no evidence in their life.  No evidence shows no faith.  Thankfully, justifying faith is accompanied by a new nature that produces God honoring works.  Lord, thank You for Your transforming faith.

– Bryan McKenzie

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