In order to become the kind of worshippers that the Father seeks (Jn 4:23), we must continually examine ourselves (Lam 3:40) to make sure that we are walking the path that He has set forth for us (Gal 5:16).
James Chapter 4 tells us to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and humble ourselves. This is a true and sure way to overcome this world and the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2) who claims it. In order to continue to grow in our spirituality, we must trust in the Lord with all of our hearts (Prv 3:5-6), despise the enemy and his influence over us, and step out of our selfishness to receive God's restoring grace. I'm ready to get back to the book, are you?
From Series: "Back to the Book - A Study in James"
In the month of November, we will have the opportunity to examine and consume selected portions of each chapter of the book of James. James is an upfront and blunt leader in the early Christian movement overseeing the church in Jerusalem.
The key message in James' Epistle is a call to spiritual maturity. He challenges believers to a Godly lifestyle in the areas of personal sin, trials, speech, obedience, faithfulness, self-sufficiency, anger, actions, and patience to name a few. He is the half-brother Jesus, and was martyred for his faith in A.D. 62 according to the historian Josephus. James is both challenging and inspiring, and a "must study" for any believer who desires to mature in their faith. Because we desire to become the type of worshippers the Father seeks, we must spend time looking intently into his perfect law and displaying what we have learned in our daily lives. Let's do this together!