Ready to Act (James 1:13-27)
Part of the Ready For The Adventure series, preached at a Sunday Online service
James 1:13–27 (Listen)
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
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.
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Ready For The Adventure
Ready to Act
Action demands we focus on what matters and rely on the only ONE who really matters - Jesus!
Action involves our willful steps of obedience in discovering His plan for our lives!
*Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil and He Himself does not tempt anyone. James 1:13
*This you know my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick other, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James 1: 19-20
*But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22
*Pure and undefiled religion in the sight go our God and Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27
Action steps to pursue the adventure -
I. Deal with imminent dangers - - James 1:13-16
A. What distorts your focus and commitment - Temptation
B. What leads you to what you want - Lust
C. What causes you to follow what is false - Deception
II. Act with wisdom - James 1:17-20
A. Quick to hear - Attention
B. Slow to speak - Wisdom
C. Slow to anger - -Discernment
III. Receive the Word and ACT on it - James 1:21-25
A. Focus on planting the Word in your heart
B. Look and abide inside His Word
C. Control your tongue
IV. Love those who need it the most - James 1:26-7
A. Meet pressing needs with attention and commitment
B. Avoid what will stain your life - - Are you ready to ACT?