1. God is yearning jealously for us to be close to Him. He wants to answer our prayers, to give us peace, to align our goals with His goals for us and to give us faith and grace to live in submission to Him. But often we choose to live at war within ourselves. A war between our own wills and the spirit of God in us. We choose to do what we like and what seems right to us for the moment but refuse to humble ourselves submit to God’s will so that he can bless us with the best.

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  2. If we have faith to do what the Word of God teaches then we can live a victorious life and conquer our tongues by living by the wisdom from above. James 3 contrasts the results that come from an uncontrollable tongue with the fruit that comes from living a life of true wisdom. With the power of the Holy Spirit and a life of meditating on the Word and prayer we can begin to live a life that stops and asks the question, “Then what?" before we speak or act. In that way we won’t have to ask, “What now?” can be done with the mess we have made.

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  3. James 1 contrasts two ways of life. He describes one life as steadfast and one as doubting. Doers of the Word are contrasted with those who hear it only. As we follow Christ and not only hear his Words but do it, we grow in our faith so that we can face trials with joy and steadfastness. Hearers don’t have the opportunity to learn to trust and therefore live in doubt and are like waves on the sea. The victorious Christian life, success, is found in finding out what God’s will for your life is and then doing it.

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