Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Book of James: Important Scriptures

James 1: 2- 4 
(times of trouble, endurance)
When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance has fully developed, you will be complete, needing nothing.

James 1: 5-8 
(seeking wisdom, divided loyalty)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. But when you ask Him, make sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is unsettled. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

James 1: 19-21 
You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

James 1: 22, 25
(actions, follow God's law)
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. If you look carefully into the perfect law that sets your free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

James 1: 26-27
(religion, watch your words)
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God means caring for orphans and windows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you!

James 2: 1, 9-10
(favoring people over others)
How can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. For the person who keeps all the laws except one is as guilty as a person who breaks all of God’s laws.

James 2: 13
(showing mercy)
There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

James 2: 14, 17
(good deeds, faith by action)
What good is it if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?...Faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

James 2: 19-20
(faith by action)
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Cant you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

James 4: 2-4
(motives during prayer, friend of world)
You want what you don’t have, but you cant get it so jealously and hatred becomes of you. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong. You want only what will give you pleasure. Don’t you realize that a friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, if you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

James 4: 8
(relationship with God)
Come close to God, and God will come close to you.

James 4:11-12
(follow God's law, judging)
Your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or destroy, so what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

James 4: 13-17
(self-confidence in plans, God's will)
As a warning about self-confidence: How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog, here for a little while and then it’s gone. You shouldn’t say what you are going to do or have in the future. What you ought to say is “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that, God willing.” Otherwise, you are boasting about your own plans and such boasting is evil. Remember, it is also a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

James 5: 16
(powerful prayers)
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

James 5: 19-20
If someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about forgiveness of many sins.

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