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Discover the Book - Dec. 19, 2007

  • 2007 Dec 19

A Recipe for Christian Maturity  

Someone has said that the book of James is very similar to a recipe for Christian Maturity.

1.      First preheat the oven (trials).

2.      In a bowl put in wisdom (1:5), add faith and works (2:17) this is important because faith without works is like dead yeast, it will be inactive and not produce life.

3.      Then add marinated or tenderized tongue (3:17).

4.      Strain out any selfishness floating to the top (4:10).

5.      Wait patiently basting all the while with prayer (5:8).

James 2:1 uses a colorful word for "partiality". This word combines prosopon "face" with lambano "receive" to make proso-polampsia which means to "receive face" or to be partial. As justice is portrayed as a blindfolded woman so God says He is impartial. So should we show such impartiality. This word is used three other times in the New Testament. In Romans 2:11 as God says no human face sways His perfect judgment. In Ephesians 6:9 where Paul says God rewards slaves and free impartially.

Four Spiritual Flaws: 

Satan is in an all out attack to make you and me think wrongly about God! We hear God speak in Revelation 1:15 and his voice as the sound of many waters. (KJV) Will you listen to that voice as He speaks to us through the pages of His Word?


  • Doubt God's Word v. 3a "hath"
  • Doubt God's Goodness v. 3b "not eat"
  • Doubt God's Authority v. 4 "not die"
  • Doubt God's Plan v. 5 "eyes open"


  • TRUST His Word Ps 119:89 "forever settled"
  • REST in His Goodness Ps 73:1 " God is good"
  • SUBMIT to His Authority James 4:7 "Submit to God"
  • FOLLOW His Plan Pr. 3:5-6



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