God Gives All the Best Gifts

Text: James 1:16-18
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: April 10, 2011

Sunday, Lord willing, we will complete James’ extensive section about trials and temptations.
James has taught us to respond to trials with joy and faith because God uses these difficulties in our lives to mature us.
Last week we saw that God does not tempt us (entice us to sin) because God, by nature, is not attracted to evil.
Rather, we are tempted by our own sinful desires which draw us into sin and death.

In verses 16-18 James further affirms God’s goodness in that He is the giver of every good gift, including our salvation.
When we are tempted we must overcome by remembering God’s goodness.

Verse 18 is one of the most theologically profound verses in the book of James.
We are told that our new birth was through the exercise of God’s will (not ours) by means of His Word.
This truth should motivate us to praise Him who has saved us and to use the means He has appointed (proclamation of the gospel truth) to bring others to faith.

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