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Spiritual Immaturity- People weren’t living what they were professing.
James 2:14-26, 14 My dear brothers and sisters, what good is it if someone claims to have faith but demonstrates no good works to prove it? How could this kind of faith save anyone? 15 For example, if a brother or sister in the faith is poorly clothed and hungry 16 and you leave them saying, “Good-bye. I hope you stay warm and have plenty to eat,” but you don't provide them with a coat or even a cup of soup, what good is your faith? 17 So then faith that doesn’t involve action is phony. 18 But someone might object and say, “One person has faith and another person has works.” Go ahead then and prove to me that you have faith without works and I will show you faith by my works as proof that I believe. 19 You can believe all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful! But even the demons know this and tremble with fear before him, yet they’re unchanged—they remain demons. 20 O feeble sons of Adam, do you need further evidence that faith divorced from good works is phony? 21 Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham found righteous before God because of his works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 Can’t you see how his action cooperated with his faith and by his action faith found its full expression? 23 So in this way the Scripture was fulfilled: Because Abraham believed God, his faith was exchanged for God’s righteousness. So he became known as the lover of God! 24 So now it’s clear that a person is seen as righteous in God’s eyes not merely by faith alone, but by his works. 25 And the same is true of the prostitute named Rahab who was found righteous in God’s eyes by her works, for she received the spies into her home and helped them escape from the city by another route. 26 For just as a human body without the spirit is a dead corpse, so faith without the expression of good work is dead.
Faith has to be lived, to be real.
JAMES OUTLINES 3 KINDS OF FAITH
1) Dead Faith (James 2:14-17)
Galatians 6:10, 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
2)Dark Faith (James 2:19)
3) Dynamic Faith (James 2:20-26)
James 4:17, 17 So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.
What do you know, what do you sense in your heart, what are you hearing in your spirit that you have yet to act on?
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James 1:5, 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.
Wisdom isn’t just knowledge; it’s knowing how to apply knowledge to our life.
James 1:19,19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry...
Pride talks, but Humility listens.
Keys to Listening