Bible Study – James 1: 1-12, Trials, Bigger Trials, Biggest Trial,

Be patient, younglings, as you grow in the Spirit, you will have more of the Spirit, more eyes to see, and ears to hear,

Don’t depend on others, but figure and prayer and meditate on GOD’s Word yourself,

But as there are paradoxes stated in the Bible, the point is Spiritual Truth is hard to explain but IS UNDERSTOOD with your heart, depend on me, I pray a spirit of understanding be imparted to you,

If you can explain it adequately, maybe you could be a pastor or pastorette,

That said, let’s look at the text:

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

We are to consider it joy when we are tested? That is hard to do, but becomes easier as you become stronger. Sometimes we don’t grow well, but complain and whine, and that’s ok, it just shows us where we are in our growth. But our faith is growing by the testing which everyone has experience of. Part of having a more developed faith is having perseverance. We can see perseverance in someone who prays diligently and consistently for something from the LORD Jesus UNTIL they get it.

It is beautiful and refreshing to hear that GOD provides, we just have to know first that He does not want us to lack anything. Psychologically, if we rationally think GOD wants us to suffer, be poor, always suffer lack, then we will choose that and that will be our experience of life.

It’s not that the LORD Jesus doesn’t want to give us. The passage says we should not EXPECT to receive, because we didn’t show the faithfulness and put in the work to get what we wanted. But as the Rich Landowner in the Parable of the Workers, GOD always gives us what we need, anyways, because He loves us.

I like to take a breath and take a step back to understand the flow of the text, to help word or frame, for your understanding this passage. James first talks about the importance of testing and trials. It is to grow us up. It is to help us trust and know GOD. Many of our trials, if you think about is are about character, yes, but they revolve around our needs.

We often live our days needing this and wanting that. And that my friends is the basic summary of existence. We need to know that GOD,

GOD gives us generously and without finding fault.

So the bigger context is, a trial of being rich and being poor. That is simplified but also a major experience of life. You either see yourself as a poor or humble person, and we often want more money. That is your experience of life. And the rich, when spiritual, are often seen as moneybags, and they often wish for a humble life. The grass is always greener they say. Also the rich, in the spiritual world, are sometimes marginalized when it comes to spiritual things. Just give me the money.

The biggest trial is life itself, if you stand til the end. You receive the crown of life from Jesus Christ. I expect mine to be big, heavy, gold, with many jewels – blue ones. I like blue.

As I posted about before, there is the idea of pre-existence and we all heard about the after world, or after life. Our brothers, the Jewish people, have many writings on pre-existence. It’s possible that we lived as baby spirits in some other realm before being born here. This life is a trial or set of lessons to be learned. So be patient, be good, and attentive, and learn your lessons well, please,

LOVE,

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  1. Thank you sir for your encouragement! Sometimes I don’t know if anyone cares to read these writings. Something many of us here totally understand,

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