Title: Blessed Are the Steadfast
Text: James 1:12-18
Theme: God uses our adversity, struggles, and trials to our good.
- God __________ those who endure the crosses He sends.
- v. 12 describes what awaits at the spiritual endurance finish line.
- God promises this crown to feed our hopes.
- God __________ those who blame Him for their fall.
- From Eden on, sinners made excuses and sought scapegoats for sin.
- Blame shifting dishonors God and gives His enemies occasion to blaspheme.
- God __________ only good and perfect gifts to His children.
- Vv. 16-17
- James illustrates with a major example of God’s good gift, v. 18
Questions for Further Reflection:
- What is the Crown of Life? (v. 12, Revelation 2:10). How does it relate to the other “crowns’ mentioned in Scripture: II Timothy 4:8, Crown of Righteousness; I Peter 5:4, unfading Crown of Glory. What does a crown signify?
- In what situations might believers be tempted to say God set them up to fall, to sin? Where did this blame-shifting begin and by whom? How have we tried to blame our circumstances for decisions to sin? How does this relate to self-justification?
- What does James say is the key factor in temptation? (The word is used in both 14 & 15). Temptation itself isn’t sin. When does it becomes sin?
- What example of a good & perfect gift does James give in v. 18?