Testing or Tempting

Testing or Tempting
James 1:12-18

Choices in James 1:2-8

  • “Consider it all joy” 
    • Choose to set my circumstance in the right category
    • Remember “Joseph in Egypt” and Romans 8:28
  • “let endurance have its perfect result”
    • Romans 5:1-5
  • “let him ask of God” 
    • The wisdom of God’s speaking voice is available to those who draw near to Him, Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice.”
  • “ask in faith without any doubting” 
    • We choose what and who to believe!

Choices in James 1:9-11

  • “But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position” 
    • Trust God and serve Him right where you are
    • James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”
  • “the rich man is to glory in his humiliation”
    • Wealth is a responsibility! 
    • Luke 12:48 “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!”

Free Will

  • Volitional creatures:
    • Angels (unknown ramifications) 
      • Isaiah 14
      • Ezekiel 28
      • Revelation 12:3-4
  • Volitional creatures:
    • Animals
      • They are limited within creation but affected by it.
      • Design—programmed (ROM) = instinct
      • Romans 8:18-22
  • Volitional creatures:
    • Human Beings 
      • Genesis 1:26 
        •  Made in His image and likeness
      • Genesis 2:16-17
        •  Life or Deat

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1