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James 1:1-18
We are in-between sermon series at the moment. So, I thought I would read through a book and offer observations. These are 'off-the-cuff' comments stimulated by the words in front of me.

Two observations from these verses.

First, my experience of running has shown the truth oif 'the testing of your faith produces endurance' (1:3). That said, I think this is a reminder that the one we trust in is proven as he produces the goods each time we experience his steadfastness. The temptation in this statement is to be 'me-focussed' rather than to see that the 'testing of your faith' displays the complete reliability of God.

Second, the interplay between desire, temptation and sin is striking in 1:13-15. On a semantic level, the Greek word for 'test' and 'tempt' is the same, but seems to be translated differently depending on who (the devil or God) is lurking nearby. On a deeper more personal level, it is helpful for us to see the interplay here between tempting, desires and the birth of sin - and, I suspect, the reality of self-control and prayer.

Father, thank you for your endurance. Thank you for your faithfulness. Please grow my trust in you through a realisation of these truths. Amen.
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