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FirstFruits~What Are You Pursuing?

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome to Part 2 of the FirstFruits series, where we explore the concepts of James 1.

What runs your life? That is the question James asks his fellow believers in verse 11.

For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits (James 1:11 NKJV).

A lot of people think that James is condemning all rich people, and that it is evil to have money. That’s not true, as sin affects us all no matter if we are rich or poor. The key is this sentence: “So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.”

It’s not the money that hurts us, but rather our pursuit of it. This isn’t just about riches either. We often have many pursuits that are not about Jesus. Maybe it’s attention, relationships, our career or grades. Maybe it’s approval, or our appearance.

The truth is, we spend a lot of our time focusing on the wrong things and then wonder why our souls are left empty.

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Again, the Word provides the answer we need.

 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 (James 1:14-15 NKJV). 

Sometimes our desires for the things of this world get out of hand. Instead of setting our hearts on God and His perfect will, we focus on what we think the world can satisfy us with. Verse 15 clearly shows us that the world cannot fulfill our deepest needs. In fact, when not aligned with the will of God, our wants can lead to sin, and this sin leads to spiritual death.

Here’s some real talk–I’m not a perfect person. I know what it’s like to pursue the world and wind up empty. I tried to find acceptance in my grades, appearance, and approval of others. I was looking for the acceptance that I had no idea was right in front of me the whole time.

Even though I still struggle with temptations (after all, I am only human), I know the secret to a fulfilled life and soul. When we pursue Jesus and His grace and love, we become fully alive in Him (Romans 6:8)!

God has more in store for us than we can ever imagine. He alone can satisfy our every need and desire, so we can fully enjoy the world around us the way He intended.

Right now I want you to take a few minutes to ask yourself, “what have I been pursuing lately?” Is it things of God or things of this world? Wherever you’re at, ask Jesus for His abundant life as you surrender your heart. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.


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FirstFruits~Watching Your Faith Unfold

James 1 is probably one of my favorite chapters of the Bible right now. It’s a fountain of truth and inspiration for every believer, but it can also be a bit overwhelming when you read it in one sitting.

I think that this chapter is so relevant and inspirational, that I want to take a few weeks to go over it with you all.

I want to help you grow closer to Jesus as we explore the Word is my new series: FirstFruits.

Let’s get started!

I think that verses 2-3 are difficult for most of us to accept.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (James 1:2-3 NKJV). 

I don’t know about you, but my first reaction when life gets difficult is not to think of it as something joyful. I tend to worry and get upset as I wonder how in the world I’ll get through whatever is in front of me.

It does get easier. The more I go through, the more I can see God’s faithfulness in my life.  I’ve dealt with health issues, depression, anxiety, loss, disappointments, and other trials that probably everyone reading this can relate to.

I’ve come to realize that sometimes God lets these things happen in order for fruit to be born–in order for us to draw closer to Him.

When everything is going smoothly, I tend to forget about my dependence on God. Instead I think I’m the one who’s in control. Ever felt that way before?

Let’s jump down to verse 6.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6 NKJV).

When the storms of life hit, are you like a wave in the sea that’s tossed in every direction, seeking refuge but finding none? Or are you anchored by faith in your Savior? 

What James wants us to understand is that life’s difficulties can be opportunities to build our faith in Jesus Christ.

It’s not like we will never have any doubts–I know I do sometimes. The point is we need to keep coming back to Jesus, seeking Him first, even in the most turbulent times.

That joy James was talking about? That comes from the peace of a solid faith in the God who never fails.

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Don’t stop believing, lovely reader. Don’t lose hope. Be patient and watch your faith unfold, taking you deeper into the arms of your Heavenly Father.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4 NKJV).


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