Today’s readings.. (Judges 2,3), (Isaiah 31), (James 1)

Everything that humans make to be used regularly for some purpose – gets tested to make sure it is good enough for that purpose. James makes this simple yet important analogy at the start of his letter to his fellow Jews: the half-brother of Jesus he became the spokesman for the large congregation of believers at Jerusalem (Acts 15 v. 13-19) The foundation component in the character of a believer is faith – and James makes the point, that each one’s faith has to be tested if it is to become strong. It is essential believers have a positive frame of mind when facing up to the challenges of life which are often challenges to their faith. Now these are sometimes caused by God to put them to the test and to cause their faith to become stronger as a result of overcoming them.

James tells the believing Jews scattered throughout the world (v.1), “Count it all joy , my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” [v.2] This is the foundation component of a Christ-like character. BUT note the point that James then adds, “Let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” [v.3]

In other words – become so steadfast – so committed to living by faith – that this becomes your permanent frame of mind to carry you through the rest of your life. The essential focus of faith is faith in God – it is the foundation to having a real relationship with him and his son.

If you sense you “lack wisdom” (and who is all-wise?) James says, “let him (or her) ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given … but let him ask in faith, with no doubting…” [v.5,6] The one who doubts is like the waves of the sea “driven and tossed by the wind.” [v.6] However, the more they are in the boat together (with Christ as their captain), the more they will meet the challenges to their faith.

One major proof of possessing a faith that has become strong is the degree you sense you are “working together with God.” [2 Cor. 6 v.1] and that your life is in his hands (see v.16).

Finally, note v.12 in James, “Blessed is the man (or woman) who remains steadfast under trial, for when he (or she) has stood the test they will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those that love him.”

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A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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