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Servant of God and Lord Jesus - Book of James Series 2

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
[James 1:1]

James brother of Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer, considered him as a servant of God and of Lord Jesus Christ. This first verse itself tells about the nature of James and how he considered him when compared to God and Lord Jesus Christ. Let me repeat .. Jesus Christ was the brother of James who wrote the Book of James. Brother of the Lord considering and presenting himself as his servant  When representing a servant does not meant a literal servant (physically) but as nature ... Yes. What is the nature of a servant  They submit themselves completely yo their master. They obey what his/her master commands and will get appreciation and remuneration as and what his mater provides. Servant has to make sure he takes care of the things which his master owns around the place where he works. Master has to glorify his master always and never consider him above or even equal to his master in skills, knowledge or fate. James had considered himself the same as a servant will be towards his master. He even though was the brother of Lord, never considered himself to be in similar level to Lord.

Give your heart to who owns it

Heart has 2 known aspects, one of it has link to the physical aspect of human body including veins, blood and others physical links to our body parts. The other aspect is the emotions which can be love, depression, happiness, anger, ego, compassion etc... Apart from these 2 know aspect let me also help you know a different aspect of Heart. This is about the link that we make with something apart from us (physically). If we try to see synonyms of the word Heart, we can see the word "Spirit" in that list. Spirit is something which is not visible but yet very important. What I am trying to highlight in this post is the relation of Heart and Spirit. 

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways,
[Proverbs 23:26]

Physical aspect of Heart is in control very easily, but the spiritual aspect of Heart has to be learned to be controlled. When our spirit is linked with someone or something then doesn't matter where it is or will be we will be linked to it always. Some people have their heart (spirit) linked to their job, so what we see for them is that doesn't matter where they will be they will be talking and thinking about their job and its related activities and planning. Unconsciously we will be linked to where our heart (spirit) will be attached. 

Loving with no limit or boundary or condition

Have you been asked by anyone as to how much do you love them. I can recollect 3 scenarios which are common to everyone where had to face such question. These areas would be wife asking husband, kids asking their parents and Girlfriend to Boyfriend or vice verse  The scenarios are actually more than these which we all would have been experiencing. By asking such question the person asking the question expects an answer and knowingly unknowingly the answer has to be attached to a comparison  Many at times we by nature give answers to such question with a comparison attached. This kind of response is natural as with such a comparison we can see the difference and justify our answers.

I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
[John 17:23]

All these kind of expressions of LOVE, expressed, asked and answered has a limit which is very visible, and there are very rare incidents where we see this limit being crossed over. Secondly when we say we love someone and the extent to which we love, then what come with that is to prove what we had said especially the extent which we had expressed. Proving what we say at time becomes tough because of the scenario that come around and weaken our approach or dedication towards our effort to prove what we had said. 

Introduction - Book of James Series 1

Introduction to the Book of James

James, the brother of Jesus had written this book and hence is called the author of the Book of James. Book of James is a book found among the New Testament Books. New Testament books were written after the arrival of the Christ Jesus, and talks about the ministry work started by him and which was followed by his disciples and their disciples. James got his motivation directly from his brother (Christ Jesus). James in this book gives a great emphasis on the concept of FAITH.

When we read the book of John, we can see that its mentioned that brothers of Jesus had not believed on Jesus (John 7:2-5). Probably at some point in his life, when he realized Jesus to be our Savior, he changed his attitude and started believing on him. This book highlights the guidelines and acts which should be followed by all believers. This book is not addressed to any particular group of people, but meant as a general teaching for all believers (Jewish christian at the time James wrote). 

The way of the Lord is perfect, Way of Lord is strength to the upright

The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
[Proverbs 10:29]

Path or way are very important in life as it help us travel to a destination. We have see many way in our life and possible traveled in a lot by now.. All these are physical ways, but apart from the physical ways that we had seen there are many other which are not visible but are equally effective as the physical ones... These are not the visible kind of ways, as the roads or highways etc... Even though there is difference when compared to the visibility of the 3 kind mentioned above and those which we see and travel regularly, there are many common factors, and this post will help highlight those which effect our life directly. 

The way of the Lord is perfect, Way of Lord is strength to the upright. There are 3 kinds of path / way mentioned in the Bible, and all these are available in the book of Proverbs.

Way of the Sin is Darkness

Darkness... a thought of this will make us run for finding some source of light. Have you ever walked on a path pr road which is totally dark. I assume the answer would be YES.. for many of us. Darkness symbolizes or can be related to human emotions like fear, agony, suffering and pain. One common aspect among all these is that none of this is a good act or emotion to be experienced in life. We will never want any of these to me attached to our lives. Darkness is not liked by any, and this is one thing that we always try to take off.

But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
[Proverbs 4:19]

Darkness comes when the source of light goes.. this is not a new information for anyone, but yet a strong and powerful thought to be understood, and compared to similar instance in our life, when our lives go through dark or darkness phase. How or why does light go from a place, which make darkness cover the area... ? One reason is manually knowingly taking off light, and other scenario is when light goes without us knowing possibly through some external involvement. Whatever is the case, one thing is sure that with light gone, darkness will certainly come in our life, both physically and spiritually. 

Way of the Righteous

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
[Proverbs 4:18]

Light signifies purity, freshness, energy, blessings etc... When talking about dawn, we can think about sun and the brightness and freshness it brings to nature. New day comes through light and with this light the darkness from the previous night is taken off. Sun enlightens nature and all its system and all in it. It renews earth and helps life to sustain. Seeds and seasons to pass. All these can happen only if the sun comes with its light and energy. Sun has no value if it looses its light. Can we imagine a sun with no light, as with no sun there will be total darkness and then how can we expect darkness to remove darkness. With sun with its light and energy how can the life on this earth be sustained and nature be blessed. Now this said, if we try to understand the verse in context it is trying to say that the path or way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, i.e. its like the shining light of the rising sun. 

In Christ, we are a New Creation

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have gone the new has come
[2Corinthians 5:17]

New always has a value over old and usually more cares and pampered. This is a normal human nature towards new. Secondly all new stuff looks more fresh and renewed, more clean and approachable. When we expect anything new we go for a physical verification or confirmation. This physical confirmation is based on our 5 senses, which again is a human nature as we are made to feel and experience through our senses. This nature will in turn avoid us from experiencing things which are new but cannot be experiences by our physical senses.

One example is happiness, we cannot experience happiness through any of our senses... its a change that we feel within us yet with no physical verification. The result of acknowledging this new in us will help us change our attitude towards a situation. If we are sorrow and dull in life which again cannot be verified by our senses can result in our physical nature changed to a negative aspect.

Who was Moses

Moses's story can be found in the book of Exodus, where we can see initially Pharaoh  worried about Israelite  and in response to his worry and to stop the growth and take control on the Israelite  order all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed. Taking this order his soldiers went out killing all new born babies. In the mean time we can see the birth of Moses, who was born to Amram, a member of the Levite tribe of Israel descended from Jacob, and his wife, Jochebed. Moses had one older sister, Miriam, and one older brother, Aaron. When Moses was born, his mother tried to keep him far from the soldiers who were after all new born babies. Soon it was time when it was not possible to keep the child safe in home, so she had to plan her to be moved to a different place. She came up with the plan where she set him adrift on the Nile River in a small craft of bulrushes coated in pitch. His sister was asked to keep a watch on the basket.

This basket moved and reached a place where Pharaoh's daughter was bathing with her handmaidens. She saw the basket near her and when she open the basket she found a baby boy. She took him and named him Moses, because she drew him out of the water. After this we see Moses living in the palace with his brother Ra-messes (Pharaoh's daughter's son). He learned all that a prince will learn and got skilled in all that he could from the Pharaoh's teachers.

This is my commandment... Love each other

My command is this: Love each other in the same way I loved you.
John 15:12

Who was Joseph

Starting life of Joseph
Joseph was the 11th of Jacob's 12 sons and Rachel's firstborn and we can find the story of Joseph being mentioned in the book of Genesis. In summary Joseph was loved by his father more than he loved his other children. His brothers because of jealous sold him as slave and told their father that Joseph was killed by wolves. Joseph reaches Egypt and with the grace of God, he slowly start getting recognization and get to the palace and finally becomes the second most powerful person after  Pharaoh. In the end we see Joseph joining back with his parents and brothers.

Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel. He lived in the land of Canaan with 11 brothers and one sister. He was also Rachel's firstborn son. Jacob loved Joseph more than his other children. In the Bible we can also see Jacob gifting Joseph with a "long coat of many colors" which was very beautiful. This favoritism toward Joseph caused his brothers to hate him, and they started think how to avoid him from family. When Joseph was seventeen years old he had two dreams and the interpretation made his brothers more angry towards him. 

Who was Abraham

Abraham is one of the biblical patriarchs and a major character in the epic of the Israelites. We can find about him in the Old Testament within the chapter 11-25 of the Book of Genesis. Terah, the tenth in descent from Noah, fathered Abram. Abraham was earlier called Abram, it was later he was called Abraham which means “father of many nations”, and his wife Sarai becomes Sarah. He has a very important role in the mission of God and the blessing we all are receiving now. 

He is taken as an example when taking about life of people who had lead a close relationship and friendship with God the Father. In the New Testament Abraham is described as a man of faith. According to the book of Genesis, Abraham belong to a big family who had their own business and properties... At the age of 75, Abram, obeying God's command, took his wife Sarai, and his household and traveled from Haran to Shechem in Canaan. 

Who is Jesus

Jesus Christ, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the son God and is the central figure of Christianity. Bible has two main divisions, Old Testament and New Testament. Old Testament keeps referring about a Savior who was to come to save us and the New Testament talks about the birth and works which confirmed the prophecies and references which were made in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ is the base of the New Testament. Christians hold Jesus (Jesus Christ) to be the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refer to him as Jesus Christ or simply as Christ or Jesus or Emmanuel.

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed miracles, taught about salvation, spoke in parables to people, died sacrificially by crucifixion to achieve atonement, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, from which he will return in the end times. Jesus came to this world for us and our salvation  He came to show the way for us to attain eternal life, which was not available in the Old Testament. This new experience of being in Jesus Christ is also called being Born Again. 

Lord is Good to all and he has Good plans for us

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
[Jeremiah 29:11]

We all know God is our creator and being the creator he should be having plans with making us come to this world. When we think of plans, the way and purpose of planning  we should not compare it with the way planning is done by us. We make plans with a self in mind. We also plan for others, usually whom we know, just because that person is close to us or we consider ourselves close to them. Here if if we are planning for others we have a self in mind. But when we are trying to understand the plans made by our creator, we should first erase all thoughts we have about planning and the concept behind it. This is because if we try to understand plans of God with our SELF in mind we may not be able to completely understand the purpose of those plans.

If anyone is in Christ... He is a new creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17