James Study // week 5

ack! we know it’s late! πŸ˜€ sorry, loves!

but the 5th installment of the awesome James study with the beautiful kristie is HERE πŸ™‚

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check it out here!

I love her down-to-earth-ness (and hysterical Harry Potter reference!) as she speaks truth about, well, uh, speaking truth! go check it out!

if you missed the previous weeks, you can read them here:
week 1
week 2
week 3
week 4

xoxo
Moriah

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James Study :: Week 4 // faith & works

I’m so loving this study, guys.
James is such a great book, and one that I find new challenges in each time I read it. plus, I get to unpack it with Kristie, who is an amazing fellow blogger. ❀ Β (read her blog here! you’re going to love it!)

if you haven’t been studying along with us, you can go back and read the previous weeks here:
week 1
week 2
week 3

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read:
James 2:14-26
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the James study : week 2 // with INTO HIM SEE guest blog

James Study

READ: JAMES 1:19-27

Β go find a mirror. like, a tall mirror, where you can see all of you.
got one?

now take a good, long look. what do you see? what are the parts of you that you love? what about the parts you feel not-so-happy about?

here’s something that I’m sure, if you grew up in a church setting, you’ve heard a thousand times. if you haven’t, if you’re new to the whole Christian scene, this might be new for you. you’re made in the image of God. there is something about you that reflects the Creator of the universe in a way that no one else can reflect Him. it doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not. it doesn’t matter if you’re angry at Him or not. You reflect Him.
crazy, right?

if you do know and have a personal relationship with Jesus, you also have His Holy Spirit inside of you, guiding you, leadingΒ you, encouraging and comforting you.
look at yourself a little closer. do you feel different inside?

now walk away from the mirror. it’s harder to remember that image of God in you, isn’t it? it’s harder to picture when you’re not staring right at it. as the day goes on and on, it becomes harder and harder to remind yourself of the deep truths. it’s easy to forget.

This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. He reminds you that you bear this image of God, that you have this responsibility to bear it well, that you can bear it well, because of He who is in you!

this is important: the image of God in us gives no room for pride. we are to “…receive with meekness the implanted word…” (verse 21). His image in us is the only thing worthwhile in us. He is what makes us worthy! He is what makes us able to bear His image!

How do we bear it well?
we can’t simply be satisfied by looking into the image of God and then walking away and living the same way we always have…
we bear it well by, as verse 25 says “but the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
we have to go and let it permeate every area of our lives. we have to live in remembrance of this.

this is the core of this passage. the rest simply revolves around this key point, it hinges on it.

PONDER:
bear the image well by living in remembrance of Him who is in you.

MEMORIZE:
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
James 1:25

James Bible Study with Guest Blogger // week one

#thatawkwardmomentwhen …you think you published a post, and you actually didn’t… welp.

I’ve been wanting to introduce you guys to an ahh-mazing blogger and total Aussie (yeah, like Australia) babe, Kristie, who writes the blog Into Him See. She has a great big giant heart for Jesus and for other people, and for bringing those people closer to Jesus. ❀

I’ve had the crazy pleasure of getting to know her over the past few months after she entered and won an instagram contest I held last spring!! it’s so wild how the Lord can bring people together!

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I’m just so frickin’ excited to be doing this walk through the book of James with her!

We’ll be taking turns, so she wrote the first study this Tuesday, and I’ll be posting mine next Tuesday πŸ™‚

She had some very poignant and insightful thoughts on verses 1-18 of James 1 (read the Scriptures in ESVΒ here) that I really hope you take the time to read.

I think my favorite part of what she had to say was the idea of celebrating where you’re at now. It’s impossible to move on or to grow until you can accept and make peace with where you are in life and who you are as a person at this very moment in time. if we ever want to be more like Jesus, we first must look at ourselves and recognize that this is our starting point. we can’t start from who we wish we are or what we wish we are capable of. God can and will use you from where you’re at! you just need to believe and celebrate it πŸ™‚

read her whole devotional here.

and don’t forget to check back with usΒ next Tuesday for the next devo installment! ❀

xoxo
Moriah