December 16, 2013
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the circumstances that you found yourself in that you feel totally inadequate to handle things?
Too many choices, most of them bad ones, and how do you know which choices are good and which are bad?
James tells us “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 HSCB).
So where do we find God’s wisdom? A large share of it is in God’s Word. The Bible contains God’s answers to our questions about almost every aspect of life. But we also gain wisdom from God through our prayers during times of trials.
God’s purpose for the trials of a believer is to enlighten them, helping them to grow spiritually. God truly wants to give you the wisdom to make the right choice. He wants you to grow in your faith.
Listen to this podcast to learn that if you want to ask God for His wisdom, you must ask it of Him in faith, with nothing wavering, with no doubt, and fully trusting in God.
December 9, 2013
Have you ever asked the question why a loving God would allow storms into the life of a Christian? What could possibly be the purpose for God to allow such things to happen to those people who are trying to be good?
In our new study of the Book of James, we learn that God wants each believer to grow spiritually. And if we are honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that we grow more in the times of trials that we face, than we do when everything is going great.
It is in a time of trial that God teaches us patience, or to abide, in handling the trial. It is in a time of trial that God moves us out of the ruts that we so easily fall into. He mellows us out, and He matures us. He strengthens our faith in Him, and He teaches us to become fully reconciled to His will.
Listen to this podcast to learn that these storms are permitted in our lives by a wise and loving heavenly Father, who is too caring to be unkind and too wise to make any mistakes. These trials will always have a divine purpose and they will be for our good.
God loves you, and He wants only what is best for you. The question is are you willing to trust God in the time of trial?
December 4, 2013
We are beginning a new Bible study in the book of James. Join us as we learn what James has to say about the practical application of a victorious Christian life. Its teachings apply to all Christians, in all places, and at all periods.
The Holy Spirit, through James, has given us a letter which had the purpose of insisting on a belief that behaves. Paul tells us that faith is the root of salvation; James tells us that works are the fruit of salvation.
Or, we can express it this way: Faith is the cause of salvation, and works are the result of salvation.