Lacking Nothing

Series: James

Lacking Nothing

May 12, 2024 | David McQueen

Passage: James 1:1-4

God uses trials to increase faith in our lives (James 1:1-4). The book of James – written by James, the half-brother of Jesus – makes it clear that God wants us mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4). That maturity produces abundance in our lives. At the beginning of the book, James establishes that part of maturity is learning to find joy when we face challenges and difficulty. Trials are an inevitable part of life, and faith in Jesus does not remove those trials. Instead, God uses our difficulties to shape our character and perspective, to develop trust and dependence on Him. He uses our trials to help us grow, and as we grow, He blesses us with inexplicable joy.

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Lacking Nothing

Text: James 1:1-4

The book of James exists to help the children of God “be   and complete, not   anything” (James 1:4).

The James that wrote this book is the   of Jesus.

James went from thinking Jesus was   to becoming the primary leader of the church in Jerusalem and the spiritual father to Jewish followers of Jesus. (Mk. 3:21; 1 Cor. 15:7)

God uses   to increase   in our lives.

James doesn’t try to explain the   He simply addresses the reality that trials and difficulties are part of this life.

And having   in Jesus doesn’t remove trials and difficulties.

As we     in faith, we find ourselves living in greater and greater abundance even in the midst of this fallen and often difficult world. (1 Pet. 1:6- 7)

God in His power and goodness uses trials to increase that which is most   in our lives.

And we know as followers of Jesus that   is more valuable than our  

James implores us to not merely   the struggles of life but to seize the opportunity to  

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