|James 1 (NKJV™)
|Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
|Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
|But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
|Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
|Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
|Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
|Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
|So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
|for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
|Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
|But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
|For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
|for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
|But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
|If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.
|Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The book of James calls believers to put feet to their faith. Known mostly for the verse "Faith without works is dead" (2:26), James perfectly describes the relationship between action and belief that should naturally flow from true Christianity. In this series, Pastor Skip Heitzig takes a look at this challenging book and how it should affect the everyday life of a Jesus follower.
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