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Day 12: The Promised Healing We Actually Need

A Lesson in James, Day 12: “The Promised Healing We Actually Need
Today you’ll be reading James 5:1320.
 
Ladies, there are many things in this life that we will not understand. There are many things we will have to endure in this life that will be painful.
Knowing that our ultimate need, to be reconciled to God, has been met, how can you take those truths and go forward in confidence? What encouragement do you have from James to hold fast to God?

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Day 11: Strengthen Your Heart

A Lesson in James, Day 11: “Strengthen your heart.” Today you’ll be reading James 5:7-12.
 
Ladies, as you spend time with God today, consider the truth that this world will not last forever and our Savior will return. How does that truth help us to continue to endure any suffering we face? How does the example of those who have come before us give us confidence as we struggle in this life?

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Day 10: Luxury and Self-Indulgence

A Lesson in James, Day 10: “Luxury and Self-Indulgence.” Today you’ll be reading James 5:1-6.
 
Be careful not to justify any sin in your life regarding your material goods, asking God to help you to remember that everything you have been given is from Him anyway.

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Day 9: Prideful Hearts

In our Lesson #9 in James, “Prideful Hearts,” you’ll be reading James 4:11-17.
As you spend time with God today, consider a few things. How might you be judging with incorrect/unrighteous judgment? Where might you be
elevating a preference to the level of a sin? Ask God to help you to see those issues and to repent of them.

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Day 8: We Are All Adulterers

Today you’ll be reading James 4:110.

As you spend time with God today, consider what might be the root cause of quarrels and strife in your life. Where are you refusing to submit to God’s will?
Where are you seeking to be friends with the world, making yourself an enemy of God? Where is your pride preventing you from submitting to God, especially if you clearly know what you should be doing? Ask God to reveal these things to you. Ask Him to help you to hate the sin you once loved, to submit to Him and resist the devil, to mourn over your sin and draw near to Him. Take comfort in these passages, knowing that, with God, there IS hope!

Read 1 John 1:8-10 and take heart knowing that, when we confess our sin, HE is faithful and just not only to forgive us, but to purify us from all unrighteousness. What a merciful God we serve!

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Day 7: Wisdom is as Wisdom Does

Today you’ll be reading James 3:13-18.

As you spend time with God today, consider what kind of wisdom you see exhibited in your own life. Where you see the wisdom of the world, bring that to God. Ask Him to help you to repent and truly turn back from that “wisdom” and ask Him to help you to crave His wisdom, knowing the harvest you will
reap as a result. Thank God for showing you your sin so that you can repent of it, as you continue to be conformed into the image of His Son.

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Day 6: Uses and Misuses of the Tongue

Today you’ll be reading James 3:1-12.

Ladies, we all struggle to use our tongues in ways that honor God. What is God using His Word to convict you of today? Don’t justify it. Don’t try to explain why, for YOU, it’s not that big a deal when you swear or take the Lord’s name in vain or use your words to harm others. Repent and ask God to help rid your
vocabulary of all language that is dishonoring to Him. Thank Him for opening your eyes to the importance of your words and ask Him to help you to consider your words carefully, for His glory and for your sanctification. 

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Day 5: Faithful Fruitbearing

Today you’ll be reading James 2:1426.

As you spend time with God today, praise Him for the assurance of your salvation, knowing that if He has justified you, that cannot be undone. Ask Him to help you to see where, in your own life, God is calling you to show your faith in your life, to put feet to your faith, and to go forward and grow in Him.
Ask Him to help you have a right understanding of how your works should outflow from your faith, not looking at your works as what has saved you, but as the evidence of God’s work in your life.

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Day 4: Partiality Problems

Today you’ll be reading James 2:1-13.

The sin of partiality comes in many disguises and we don’t always recognize them all. Ask God to help you to see where you might be acting out of sinful partiality, and ask Him to help you to repent and to turn away from that partiality for His glory and for your sanctification. Remember, the ground is level at the foot of the cross, and you always have the ability to repent and be cleansed of your righteousness when you confess your sins. There is always hope for the believer!

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Day 3: Self-Deceit

Our Bible study teacher Beth Seifert will lead you through this incredible letter, and we will discuss the lessons each week on our Naomi’s Table Facebook Page.

Today you’ll be reading James 1:19-27.

Ladies, as you spend time with God today, consider how you might be deceiving yourself, thinking you are fine when you actually are not doing what God has commanded you to do.

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Day 2: Firstfruits of the Promise

Our Bible study teacher Beth Seifert will lead you through this incredible letter, and we will discuss the lessons each week on our Naomi’s Table Facebook Page.

Today you’ll be reading James 1:1-18.

Ladies, God has provided all that we need to be with Him eternally. He has dealt with the problem of our sin, given us the best gift of all in salvation, and He is in control of everything that is happening in our world. Take some time today to praise God for His grace and mercy in saving you, and to ask Him to help you to persevere to receive the crown of life in eternity with Him. We still sin every day, yet God chose to save us anyway! Ponder the words to some of these hymns today as you consider those truths.

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James Day 1: The Joy of Suffering

Our Bible study teacher Beth Seifert will lead you through this incredible letter, and we will discuss the lessons each week on our Naomi’s Table Facebook Page.

Today you’ll be reading James 1:1-11. Ask God to help you to see where you may have an incorrect view of biblical suffering. Ask Him to help you to see suffering from the perspective of eternity, and to take comfort in a right understanding of suffering. Ask Him to help you to learn, as Paul did, to be content in whatever circumstances you are in, knowing that an eternity with Him is TRULY worth it all.

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James: An Introduction

Welcome to our study in the Book of James! Our Bible study teacher Beth Seifert will lead you through this incredible letter to the Church from Jesus’ half brother. Sometime between A.D. 45 and 50, James wrote to the Church of faithful followers of Jesus Christ, teaching them to not just learn, but do. He tells them (and us!), that we can’t be Christian and yet continue living in sin, showing no fruit of righteousness.

Read James, all 5 chapters. Make notes of anything that you have a question about or anything that strikes you. Ask God to help you to see what His word says, without you bringing your own suppositions or expectations to the text

Also, as we go through the study of James, see how your questions are answered and where you might need to dig deeper to find the answers.

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Advent Devotional for December 25th

Advent Day 25Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is a free gift of God.

Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—  for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

Advent Day 25But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.  And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 11:29-31  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,  so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all.

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Advent Devotional for December 24th

Advent Day 24Matthew 10:38 “…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Advent Day 24

Colossians 2:8-15 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.  In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.

Colossians 1:15-23 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent.  For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.

 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He   has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.”

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Advent Devotional for December 23rd

 

Advent Day 23Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 17:1-8 And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  And He was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  

Advent Day 23He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.”  When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”  And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

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Advent Devotional for December 22nd

Advent Day 22Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

 Matthew 10:30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

Psalm 139:13-6

Advent Day 22 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Genesis 2:7-8 Then  the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.  And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

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Advent Devotional for December 21st

Advent Day 21

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
Romans 11:17-18 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,  do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.

Advent Day 21Psalm 80:8-11 You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
 You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
 It sent out its branches to the sea
and its shoots to the River.

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Advent Devotional for December 20th

Advent Day 20Matthew 26:14-15 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

Job 22:21-26

Agree with God, and be at peace;
thereby good will come to you.
Receive instruction from His mouth,
and lay up His words in your heart.
If you return to the Almighty you will be built up;
if you remove injustice far from your tents,
if you lay gold in the dust,
and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent-bed,
then the Almighty will be your gold
and your precious silver.
For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty
and lift up your face to God.

Advent Day 201 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Psalm 119:71-72

It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

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Advent Devotional for December 19th

RAdvent Day 19omans 10:16-17 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Acts 15: 7-11 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”

Advent Day 19Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

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Advent Devotional for December 18th

Advent Day 18

Romans 12: 4-8 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Cor 12:12-26 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

P_20131113_121631For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

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