James 1:16

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:16

There are certain means of conveying an idea which permeate any culture or society. The words here show that this is the case with those at the time of James. The reason this is so is that the same type of general statement is made by both Paul and John elsewhere. One example of this would be –

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The same pattern follows in 1 Corinthians 15:33, Galatians 6:7, and a similar pattern which is seen in 1 John 3:7. In each of these examples, there is a thought expressed which is understood as a certain truth. After the words, “Do not be deceived,” comes a thought which corrects an opinion or idea which is false.

As you can see from the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 6, the first statement is that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Then comes the “Do not be deceived.” This is followed by a list of people who will not inherit it. James is doing that now.

James has defined the process of sin and how it comes forth. He will next relay a correction of someone’s idea that God is the source of sin by showing what He is actually like instead. Paying attention to cues such as these will help correct faulty thinking which may exist in one’s mind.

James then closes the verse with, “my beloved brethren.” He is ensuring that his words are taken as they should be. They are given in a spirit of love and fraternity towards those who are in Christ and may simply need a correction of an incorrect impression about such things.

Life application: James’ words, “Do not be deceived,” remind us that when temptation comes it may appear alluring, right, acceptable, or even useful at first. This is no different than the temptation at the fall –

“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” Genesis 3:4, 5

This temptation – the way it was presented – surely made disobedience seem right, acceptable, and even useful. Certainly it was alluring. However, it was a deception which led to agony and sorrow for the world’s fallen children. This is how Satan works to this day. Think carefully about the things happening in your own life which seem so very right on a multitude of levels, but which you know deep inside are wrong. The end never justifies the means if it involves disobedience. Your deception will lead you to sadness and pain for yourself or others, and to a loss of fellowship with God. Because of God’s great love for those who are in Christ, forgiveness has already been obtained, but the consequences of the action will follow through regardless. Be wary and do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

Yes Lord, Your divine hand of wisdom is needed in our lives. The deceptions we face are often hard to discern, and temptation is hard to avoid. But grant us a spirit of understanding and give us the ability to choose the obedient exit rather than the door which is open to disobedience. This we pray in the name of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus. Amen.

7 thoughts on “James 1:16

  • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Hi to all who prayed for wisdom with our daughter. There was no breakthrough and my wife and I each gave out a bit of wisdom that was not received at all. We are saddened, and today’s warning from James tells us that there will be a painful cost to this daughter who may be saved, but isn’t willing yet to admit to being deceived.
    …therefore the consequences of the action will continue regardless. We continue to pray for her. She has returned to her home and to her deceived notions equals…sadness and pain for herself and others.
    Pray that she will choose eventually, as Charlie prayed, the obedient exit. God is true after all, praise Him!

    • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Hi John
      You and your wife have done your part. It is now in the Lord’s hands. Continue to pray and we will do the same to support you and your wife.Be encouraged.

    • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      I’m sorry to read this, but may the future hold better news in this. God bless you John.

  • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 9:16 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! a prayer for all the fatherless who may not know there is a LIVING FATHER in heaven WHO would love them as HIS own . May the WORD find a way for them to receive . May no fear keep them from seeking the FATHER in heaven we all need!
    Happy father’s Day everyone

  • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 9:51 am

    John I know the disapointment you are feeling now! I have been unable to get a solid reading off of my girls as do they believe or not believe? I keep getting mixed indicators from them. Sometimes yes and other time not so much. So I have pretty much left them in the lords hands and wait for him to guide them to the next move if need be. I saw a video the other day that stated that the tribulations main purpose is for repentance. Many will turn to Jesus during the tribulation because they will remember what they have heard from us and realize we were not spinning fairy tails but the truth of salvation and coming events. Yes it really hurts to think of them left behind and going through the unimaginable wrath of God but we have to keep faith that they will rise up and find their way to the truth and stand for Jesus at all cost. I believe that all the pain and suffering we go through on this world will not even be a memory for us when we get home! How can they be as they would only bring tears to our eyes and Jesus said there will be no more tears or pain when we are with him Amen. Hopefully those that go through the tribulation will consider this when they are pressed to take the mark of the beast, a moment of pain here verses an eternity of joy, peace and love…seems like a no brainier but for some we know it’s not. 🙁 Prayers to all my SW family our fingers are now pressing through the finish line tape and it’s about to break any moment now and we will be home with the lord Amen.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Yes, Prayers for our whole family. God bless each of you with whatever is holding you back from complete joy in Christ. May he bring each of you to joy unspeakable!


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