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FirstFruits~Mirrors of Faith

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome to Part 4 of the FirstFruits series, which is the last part of our adventure together in James 1.

Recently I went to a youth convention with the youth group I help lead. It was awesome–over a thousand students worshiping Jesus together and hearing some powerful preaching! It really made an impact on my life as well. One of the speakers who preached (I don’t know why I didn’t write down his name) said something that really inspired me, and I think it goes really well with today’s post.

Are we going to spend our life looking in a mirror or walking out the door?

This is basically asking us if we are going to spend our lives focusing on ourselves and our wants, or are we going to go out and love people and tell them about Jesus? Are we going to be focusing on our glory or God’s?

James actually asks the same question in verses 22-25.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (James 1:23-25 NKJV). 

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We can read the Bible from cover to cover and listen to sermons all day, but what does it mean if we don’t apply it to our lives? What does it all mean if we don’t spend time with God and His beloved children? What does it all mean if we don’t live out the faith we claim to have?

I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad. This was a huge wake up call for me too. Life gets busy with school, work, social media, and other distractions. We live in a “me” culture that teaches us to serve ourselves above all else.

But you and I can fix this. We can be the change this world is so desperately craving. If you want to make a difference, commit yourself to being a “doer” of the Word. Walk out your faith by following the footsteps of Jesus. We need to constantly abide in our Heavenly Father and seek His Holy Spirit for empowerment and guidance.

We need to look for opportunities to love and serve others. We need to build relationships with non-Christians to show them the way to God. It may not always be easy, but it’s worth it to save souls.

Above all, we need to remember that Jesus died for us so we can live for Him.


I hope you liked this series! I think that James 1 is such a powerful chapter on overcoming trials, keeping our hearts focused on Christ, remembering our identity, and walking out our faith.

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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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