Faith Seeks (James 1:1-12)Pastor Joe Sanders, August 3, 2014
Part of the Faith Works series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Faith is not a feeling, a warm disposition toward God, or a vague notion of religion. Faith is a relationship with God through Christ that radically changes our everyday choices. Once this faith is present in our lives and enables this kind of relationship with God, it always produces choices and deeds that honor God. As we walk through this life, our faith is constantly assailed on all sides by doubters, sin and difficult circumstances. In the midst of this, a working faith seeks God’s way to face trials and to overcome them. It consistently looks for ways persevere and endure through trials. Is your faith working, enduring through trials?
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1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12Blessed 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. (KJV)