Don’t Worry – Be Happy! – James 1: 12-15

James 1:

[12] Blessed 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.

[13] Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

[14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

[15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)

Why are we tempted?

Many people believe that God, as a loving God, should not allow bad things to happen to his children.

It is true that God loves us and doesn’t want bad things to happen to us, but when the enemy comes along with a temptation, we have the God-given right (free-will) to either go with it or stand against it.

We should never accuse God of bringing trials upon us. He does not tempt us – the enemy does!

We need to be very careful. Satan tries hard to keep us in sin. In many instances, when temptations come along, we find ourselves giving in, and then the problems start.

Our desires tends to put us on a path, where we no longer rely on God, but on ourselves, believing we are capable of getting everything we think we need. Usually these temptations are “wants” rather than “needs”. We accept the temptation and then blame God when they get too heavy to carry.

An example: We want a new car and the financing doesn’t work out. What do we do? We go desperately in search of getting our own financing and sure enough we get it. God knew we weren’t in a position to handle a new car payment, but we wouldn’t listen, the desire and temptation were very strong.

Soon the payments become heavy enough that we turn away from God, blaming him for not helping us in the first place and now for not getting us out of the situation that we are in.

James (the half-brother of Jesus) is writing to people who are struggling. Although they are Christians, they are miserable and find their lives full of hardships. They are blaming God!

James is telling them that the problems they suffer are due to their own selfish desires. He continues telling them that God himself is not enticed by temptations and that temptations do not come from Him.

He encourages the people; that instead of moaning about the difficulties, be joyful that they are learning important lessons.

James tells them to turn to God in faith and gain strength from Him to deal with all they are going through.

Those who can live in joy and peace, and continue to depend on Christ, in all circumstances, (good and bad) will be rewarded for their faith.

These faithful believers will be blessed with a crown of life (eternal life) which God has promised to those who love Him.

Jehovah – Shammah – The Lord is There

Father,

I confess that I have been enticed and lured away from you on many occasions. In those times I have wanted something that seemed never coming and so I have chosen to follow a wrong path to “make it happen”.

Over time and through many trials, I am now maturing in my walk with you. Do I always make the right choice? No. But I am learning and I thank you Lord for your love and grace as I grow.

I am finally at a point where I realize:

1.That I will be tempted.

2.I know that I must be prepared for temptation.

3.That I am susceptible towards sin and I must learn to overcome temptation.

4.And I know that I must assume personal responsibility for the choices I make.

5.I know that on the times when I may fail, that I must repent and stand strong in faith, without complaint.

6.I know that I must put on a happy face. I am not to moan and groan and complain about my situation but to be happy that I am learning a valuable; albeit hard lesson.

7.I know that during these times I must not turn away from you because that gives the possibility of me going down the wrong path, one that would lead me away from you altogether and bring me eternal death.

8.I know that I must turn immediately to you, especially in times of temptation. Staying close, with faith in You, regardless of my situation, will give me the crown of life – eternity with you.

Thank you Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen

An unknown author wrote:

Happy are those who remain faithful under trials because when they succeed in passing a test, they will receive as their reward, the life which God has promised to those who love Him.

For God So Loved The World – John 3:16

John 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Most people have heard of John 3:16. This is one of the most generally known verses in the Bible. You see people holding signs stating “John 3:16” on the street, at sports games, bumper stickers and the likes but do people really know and understand what an awesome gift God gave when he sent Jesus to us.

God has always loved all the people of the world! He loves everyone; not only the Jews, as the people originally thought.

Because of his love for us, God-the Father sent his Son (in human form) to the earth to offer the gift of salvation. God-the Son (Jesus, in human form) came to earth to love us, to teach us and to save us from an eternity away from God (eternal damnation).

Jesus had known exactly what would happen to him while he was on the earth and he accepted to come anyway. It is said that we could not have handled even a drop from the cup that Christ endured for us!

When he reached his 30th year, Jesus began his mission. He spent the next three years telling and showing others about God and teaching how he was a part of God (part of the Trinity) and how everyone could enjoy an eternity with God, through Him.

For that message he was beaten, condemned and then hung on a cross and willingly died for us, taking all of our sins with him. He became the sacrificial Lamb for Christians. Jesus paid a high price for our salvation.

Three days later he rose from the grave and in doing so he fulfilled Old Testament prophecy which was another confirmation that he was indeed, the Son of God.

Jesus is now the representative for all Christian and brings eternal life to those who believe in Him.

God did his part by sending Jesus. Jesus did his part by willingly dying for us and now we have to do our part- by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour

Heavenly Father

I praise your name God,

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – The Existing One

This verse brings the good news to all people that you love us and that it‘s your desire to have every person on earth (no matter who they are or what they’ve done) spend eternity with you. However there are simple conditions that we must comply to.

We need to believe that You did send your Son to earth to be the Sacrificial Lamb and we are to ask Jesus to come into our hearts.

We all live with sin and cannot take sin into the presence of God. No matter how “good” we are and how many “good deeds” we do, we cannot get rid of the sin we carry. We need Jesus.

Lord you didn’t stop there. To help us, you also sent The Holy Spirit to convict us and make us aware when we do something wrong. Feeling the conviction, we need to repent and ask for forgiveness.

I have learned that there are two choices for this life – becoming a believer or remaining a non-believer.

Those who believe and accept that Jesus came to earth to take away our sins, don’t have to live with sin. Jesus bought redemption for those willing to repent.

The believers place their lives in the hands of Jesus Christ and in the end, Christians will immediately see that their way of living on earth holds wonderful eternal results.

Those who choose to remain non-believers will delight being in control of their own lives while here on earth. In the end those not of Jesus will immediately realize that their way of living holds severe consequences.

Thank you Father God that John 3:16 tells a story of your love. You love us so much that you sent your Son Jesus to do something we could never accomplish on our own – to have salvation!

I pray that people will hear your voice, accept Jesus and turn to you and know your love forever more.

I bless your Holy name.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Why Jesus? Because Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb, willingly dying on the cross and shedding his blood to purify us of our sins, so that we can come before you Father, spotless. If you want to learn more go to Salvation