God Does Not Change James 1:16-18
I Change Not
God Does Not Change
Welcome back to a Bible study called Life Lessons from the Book of James.
This verse by verse study is designed to provide tools for you to look closely and intently into the very words of God which are preserved for us in the Bible.
Today let's park our minds and hearts on just three verses; James One 16-18. In these three verses we see clearly that God does not change - He never changes, He is unchangeable. What does that mean to you and me?
If you would like a pattern of Bible study, I have designed a simple study pattern which I utilize in this Bible Study, Life Lessons from the Book of James.
The approach I am using to studying the Book of James is up close and personal. To illustrate I'd like you to picture yourself holding a magnifying glass up to something that is recognisable but fuzzy and unclear. Now imagine that, at first glance, the fuzzy picture is a verse from the book of James. Upon first read, you kind of get what God is saying but it's fuzzy, so you pull out your magnifying glass to bring the message into focus. As you follow along in this study on James, I urge you to meditate and linger on the message until it becomes crystal clear.
If you look very closely and intently at just a few verses at a time, you will see truths and nuances begin to come out and land on your heart. This careful examination and handling of God's word will change your focus and bring you peace.
Before you study always pray for the Holy Spirit to interpret and to communicate the heart of God to you. His word is a lamp to your feet.
"Father God, we love you and we thank you that you have called us to be your children. Thank for your precious word which builds us up, instructs and trains us. Your word is life! Lord, as we dig into the Book of James I pray you will open the eyes of our hearts and speak truth. We love you Lord and praise you for ALL you have given so that we might experience eternal and abundant life. In Jesus Name, Amen."
Review - When Tempted
In the three previous verses we uncovered the strong tie between temptation and sin
God never ever tempts anyone to do evil. He is God and He is HOLY and pure - the exact antithesis of evil.
So what was the tie between temptation and sin? The direct tie between temptation and sin is us. If the dots get connected, the responsibility falls directly into our lap. Sin happens when we give in to temptation and when we weaken to our OWN fleshly and sinful desires. If we linger or contemplate temptation it will lead us headlong, smack dab into sin.
WHAT TO DO: Be Prepared - Knowing that God provides a way of Escape - Go to HIM knowing He is in control and won't allow the temptation to be more than you can handle.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
Unlike His creation, God Never Changes.
Reference Verse: Malachi 3:6 "I am the LORD, and I do not change."
James One 16-18 "So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession."
Do Not Be Mislead
JAMES 1:16 "So don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters"
KEY WORD: MISLED
Note: James addresses them with words of endearment as he charges them by saying: Do not be mislead
The first word in this verse (so) is there to tell us to look back at what was said previously, basically - the sin nature is ever on our back.
James is telling his dear brothers and sisters not to be misled. We might be mislead by thinking the temptation is coming from God. Do not be mislead - God cannot sin. Remember God is never tempted to do wrong and He never tempts you to do wrong either.
Commentary - (my thoughts): When hit by temptation all reason flys out the door. Knowing that our sin nature 'the natural response' is to react without thinking let us be prepared and NOT be mislead.
When temptation hits have a plan:
- Be alert - "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." I Peter 5:8
- Remember - Temptation is not from God. If I 'remember' I will be prepared to call myself out and bring myself to the cross submitting to God's best for me. Though the pull, into the clutches of sin, is strong and a very real happening it is vital to 'remember' and understand God does not tempt me.
Think about this ... when we blame God for tempting us ... it is blasphemy. It is basically saying that God, who is Holy and Pure, is not only capable of evil but that he inflicts it on you. Evil is the direct antithesis of who He is.
God is Holy .. Holiness is the fabric of who God is. Holiness is the direct opposite of evil therefore He is NEVER tempted with evil. It is ludicrous to think that the who has NO sin or evil in Him would tempt his children with evil.
He never Changes
James 1:17 "Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.He never changes or casts a shifting shadow."
KEY WORDS: HE NEVER CHANGES
As if to give further evidence of the incomprehensible thought that God would tempt people with evil James explains that anything GOOD and anything PERFECT comes from Father God ... You know the creator of all - He never ever changes or even shifts, like the stars that twinkle and the moon that casts shadows - He remains the SAME. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
Commentary (My thoughts)
He is the rock who cannot be moved. When all the world has gone wrong - God does not change - He is the anchor that holds through the storms of life. He is the foundation that keeps our life from crumbling. He is the great I AM!
When something good or perfect comes to me - let there be NO question who the author and gift giver is. It is good to give thanks to the Lord. He is worthy of our praise and honor.
In a life filed with temptation, changes and confusing twists and turns - He never changes. Let that fact be the security we run to and depend upon.
Jesus The Same by Hillsong
God Chose Us
James 1:18 "He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession."
KEY WORDS: HE CHOSE
It was His choice to grant us a new birth, a new beginning, an offer to be part of His family. Through His word (Jesus) we received this precious gift of salvation.
He chose us out of all that he created and He calls us His prized possession. When we are assaulted with shame, defeat, inadequacy, inferiority we must call it out .. and speak loudly ... Out of ALL creation WE became his prized possession. You are a child of the King .. and he prizes you as his chosen possession.
We are called to live in victory and to shine in a world that has no hope. Live life on purpose for the purpose of bringing God glory.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. " Ephesians 2:10
Hello My Name Is ... Please Watch Powerful!
Praise The One Who Chose YOU
Whatever lies you have been fed by those around you or by your own assessment of who you are .. Stop right where you are and listen to what Father God says about you.
In order to defeat the worlds messages (you're not good enough ... you are just a speck in the sea of humanity ... just who do you think you are?) you must challenge them with truth. Speak scripture in confidence and if you speak it OUT LOUD the power of His word will change the lies that are taking up residence in your head. Fill your head with the truths about who God says you are.
The one who makes all things new ... can make you new too.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" II Cor. 5:17
The featured song is: Hello my name is child of the one true King! I have featured Matthew Wests video because the message he sings and the way it is presented is powerful enough to blow the cover off those hidden messages zapping your life of the JOY He came to give you.
Take a moment to praise the one who chose you out off all creation to be His treasure ... to be His kid. Let God fill you with inexplicable JOY as you ponder the immeasurable love God has for you because therein lies your true value.
Skill Of Listening
The next topic has to do with our ability to really listen. It is a skill that can be learned and an important key to ministering to others. Come and join me to see what God has to say about the skill of listening.
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