James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. (James 1:1-11)
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:11-25)
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. (James 1:26)
If I have offended you Lord in anyway, forgive me. I pray for this community also that you will keep us and bless us. Lord keep us unspotted from the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
Keep us and ever guide us, may our tongues be bridled not deceiving our own hearts. May we see the need and be where you are with the fatherless and widows and show forth your way, the way of the Father, connecting the broken and needy to your heart. Help others receive of your blessing, showing them in and through us; who you are. Father may our religion continually be in you and to reflect you, and to bless those who are needy whom you long to reach; that your channel of blessing and nature will not be withheld but that from You, through your Son, to us, many will receive of your blessing, your will and love for them, restoring many back to a relationship in which you care for all.
Break the chains of the deceiver and make your children free. Help us see why Christ is wisdom for us, may ever what we do be an example to others of what religion truly is; to be in your channel of blessing, to flow it to others, and in that show them who you are and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. Recognizing that from You through your Son we see a demonstration of what true life lived and religion is about.
You change not, you are Our Father, and a Father to the fatherless, you have always wanted to show us that this is who you are. May I, Father, never seek to make you any other than who you always are.
You are the Father of our Living Lord and saviour Jesus Christ; the wisdom of the Father, the one in whom and through whom we can know you. He is our only way to see you rightly; through Him we can truly see you as you are, receive from you and give back to you in praise and joyous service.
Lord I am not worthy but You are. I cannot express your love unless you live it through me. I cannot be humble but you are. I can do nothing except you do it through me. Father of Light, ever hide me Lord and shine your light. Dear Son of God in you I live and move and have my being and in your name I have asked, may I receive of your blessing, Lord may others receive it too. Father bless your Church, bless this community and we will be blessed.