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5.5.36 8.6.2017 James 1.16-18 Gratefully Serving a Gracious God

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Through His magnificent gifts God equips us to seve Him gladly, boldy, and confidently.

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James 1:16–18 ESV
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
James 1:16–18 ESV
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
God your spot picked out?
Entice:
Appropriate snacks?
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Engage:
The God who calls us does not
Does not
Does not change
Shift
Get Eclipsed
Instead He
The phrase No shadow of turning (which you may have sung” indicates the shadows cast by the heavenly bodies because of their revolution and movement across the skies. The ancients understood how eclipses worked. James realized that for the simple or uninformed the changes of the heavenly bodies might indicate similar malleability in God
Instead James says He is stable and decisive. He
Gives
Instructs
and
Provides
Protects
And Engages
His own nature should motivate us to love Him, live for Him and pursue the kind of growth and maturity He desires for His children.
Expand:
There are many reasons and motivations for following and serving God.
Excite:
The best reasons of all are founded in a simple faithful reaction to who He is and what He has done to save us.
• Explore: There is no better motivation for focused Christian Living that a Great, Giving God.
Explain: The essence of this passage is distilled into three admonitions.
Explain: The essence of this passage is distilled into three admonitions.
▾ 1 Be Careful. 16
Two statements one negative and one seemingly insignificant provide insight as to how we can guard our lives; emotionally, physically, and spiritually from the risks of the world.
Two statements one negative and one merely in passing provide insight as to how we can guard our lives; emotionally, physically, and spiritually from the risks of the world.
Do not be deceived
My dear brothers
▾ 2.3 Character of His Gifts.
The Character of God’s gifts is derived from His character as the gracious giver
The Character of God’s gifts is derived from His character as the gracious giver
2.3.2 He is the unchanging One.
We find it challenging to be consistent in our discipleship.
We get distracted
We get jaded
We get stuck
James aids us by advising us to be watchful, grateful and productive.
to be
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