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James 3: 1-10

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
      See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

Hermanos míos, no os hagáis muchos maestros, sabiendo que recibiremos mayor condenación. Porque todos ofendemos en muchas cosas. Si alguno no ofende en palabra, éste es varón perfecto, capaz también de refrenar todo el cuerpo. He aquí nosotros ponemos frenos en la boca de los caballos para que nos obedezcan, y gobernamos todo su cuerpo. Mirad también las naves; aunque tan grandes, y llevadas de impetuosos vientos, son gobernadas con un muy pequeño timón por donde quiere el que las gobierna. Así también la lengua es un miembro muy pequeño, pero se jacta de grandes cosas. He aquí, un pequeño fuego, ¡cuán grande bosque enciende! Y la lengua es un fuego, un mundo de maldad. Así es la lengua entre nuestros miembros; contamina todo el cuerpo, e inflama la rueda de la creación, y es inflamada del infierno. Porque toda naturaleza de bestias, y de aves, y de serpientes, y de seres del mar se doma, y ha sido domada por la naturaleza humana; pero ningún hombre puede domar la lengua; que es un mal sin freno, llena de veneno mortal. Con ella bendecimos al Dios y Padre; y con ella maldecimos a los hombres, que son hechos a la semejanza de Dios. De una misma boca proceden maldición y bendición. Hermanos míos, esto no debe ser así.

Great is the power of our speech. If we really consider the complete matter, God made us in His image, and God spoke all things into existence. We can build up or we can destroy with the most powerful weapon in the world…our speech.

I have been guilty of saying things I should have not, and I also have had things said to me that hurt deeply.

I call upon all who claim Jesus as Lord…think before you speak. Think before you type. If cruel words are spoken to you, think before reacting.

God bless you all.

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James 1:25

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.

Pero el que mira atentamente a la ley perfecta, la ley de la libertad, y permanece en ella, no habiéndose vuelto un oidor olvidadizo sino un hacedor eficaz, éste será bienaventurado en lo que hace.

The law of liberty is not doing what ever we want, it is doing whatever God wants for us. Liberty means freedom in Christ, not freedom in the world. So many have this confused. Confusion is not of God. Live in God’s freedom, not the world’s.

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James 2:17-26

17So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

18Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

19You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.f Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

21Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”g He was even called the friend of God.h 24So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

25Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26Just as the body is dead without breath,i so also faith is dead without good works.

 

17 Así también la fe, si no tiene obras, es muerta en sí misma. 18 Pero alguno dirá: Tú tienes fe, y yo tengo obras; muéstrame tu fe sin tus obras, y yo te mostraré mi fe por mis obras. 19 Tú crees que hay un Dios; bien haces; también los demonios creen y tiemblan. 20 ¿Mas quieres saber, oh hombre vano, que la fe sin obras es muerta? 21 ¿No fue justificado por las obras, Abraham nuestro padre, cuando ofreció a su hijo Isaac sobre el altar? 22 ¿No ves que la fe actuó con sus obras, y que la fe fue perfeccionada por las obras? 23 Y se cumplió la Escritura que dice: Abraham creyó a Dios, y le fue imputado por justicia, y fue llamado: Amigo de Dios. 24 Vosotros veis, pues, que el hombre es justificado por las obras, y no solamente por la fe. 25 Asimismo también Rahab la ramera, ¿no fue justificada por obras, cuando recibió a los mensajeros y los envió por otro camino? 26 Porque como el cuerpo sin el espíritu está muerto, así también la fe sin obras está muerta.

 

There is a lot of meat in this passage. Yes, faith is important, but what are we doing with that faith. Like it says, even demons know that God is real, but they are not saved from hell. Are we bypassing the works? Are we doing what the Holy Spirit calls us to do? Read the passage and let the Holy Spirit work, so that you can work. Do the right things and you will be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Bienaventurado el hombre que persevera bajo la prueba, porque una vez que ha sido aprobado, recibirá la corona de la vida que el Señor ha prometido a los que le aman.

Trials and temptations will come. If we stand and use God’s Word as the weapon it is meant to be, we can and will overcome. The Crown of Life is within reach. God has given us the tools and the way. Let’s gain life, not death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James 1:25

But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Pero el que mira atentamente a la ley perfecta, la ley de la libertad, y permanece en ella, no habiéndose vuelto un oidor olvidadizo sino un hacedor eficaz, éste será bienaventurado en lo que hace.

The law of liberty doesn’t mean we do whatever we please; it means we do whatever God wants. Following His will should always be our utmost priority. God will bless us as long as we do.

 

 

 

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James 1:5-8

5If 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. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

5 Pero si alguno de vosotros se ve falto de sabiduría, que la pida a Dios, el cual da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche, y le será dada. 6 Pero que pida con fe, sin dudar; porque el que duda es semejante a la ola del mar, impulsada por el viento y echada de una parte a otra. 7 No piense, pues, ese hombre, que recibirá cosa alguna del Señor, 8 siendo hombre de doble ánimo, inestable en todos sus caminos.

If we seek God and all His ways, He will be with us and lead us. If we are “walking a fence” He will not hear us and help. He loves us and wants our worship and faith. If we waver on our faith when times get easy, He sees it and when we have tough times and cry out to Him, He will let the chips fall where they will. Keep the faith and let God reign!

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James 3:3-10

3Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

3 Ahora bien, si ponemos el freno en la boca de los caballos para que nos obedezcan, dirigimos también todo su cuerpo. 4 Mirad también las naves; aunque son tan grandes e impulsadas por fuertes vientos, son, sin embargo, dirigidas mediante un timón muy pequeño por donde la voluntad del piloto quiere. 5 Así también la lengua es un miembro pequeño, y sin embargo, se jacta de grandes cosas. Mirad, ¡qué gran bosque se incendia con tan pequeño fuego! 6 Y la lengua es un fuego, un mundo de iniquidad. La lengua está puesta entre nuestros miembros, la cual contamina todo el cuerpo, es encendida por el infierno e inflama el curso de nuestra vida. 7 Porque todo género de fieras y de aves, de reptiles y de animales marinos, se puede domar y ha sido domado por el género humano, 8 pero ningún hombre puede domar la lengua; es un mal turbulento y lleno de veneno mortal. 9 Con ella bendecimos a nuestro Señor y Padre, y con ella maldecimos a los hombres, que han sido hechos a la imagen de Dios; 10 de la misma boca proceden bendición y maldición. Hermanos míos, esto no debe ser así.

Our tongues can do a lot of damage or it can lift those around us up. How are we using our speech? Is  it for good or bad? Are we considering what our words are doing to the person we are speaking too? Words are the ultimate weapon and can destroy lives. Guns and weapons do damage, but the tongue is the ultimate weapon. With the tongue, wars start and stop.

 

 

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James 2:1-4

1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?


1 Hermanos míos, no tengáis vuestra fe en nuestro glorioso Señor Jesucristo con una actitud de favoritismo. 2 Porque si en vuestra congregación entra un hombre con anillo de oro y vestido de ropa lujosa, y también entra un pobre con ropa sucia, 3 y dais atención especial al que lleva la ropa lujosa, y decís: Tú siéntate aquí, en un buen lugar; y al pobre decís: Tú estate allí de pie, o siéntate junto a mi estrado; 4 ¿no habéis hecho distinciones entre vosotros mismos, y habéis venido a ser jueces con malos pensamientos?

 

There is no man that is higher than God. No matter poor or rich, skinny or obese; all are just men and we are to not put one ahead of another. We all put our pants on the same way and we all are sinners. I will listen and heed God before any man or woman. I hope we all will.

 

 

 

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James 1:5-6

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Pero si alguno de vosotros se ve falto de sabiduría, que la pida a Dios, el cual da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche, y le será dada. Pero que pida con fe, sin dudar; porque el que duda es semejante a la ola del mar, impulsada por el viento y echada de una parte a otra.

God has said many times over that if we ask in faith and in His will, He will answer and do for us. He loves us and wants the very best for us. Wisdom, God’s wisdom, can get us through any situation that could arise on this Earth. If we seek Him at all times, He will guide us through all. Praise to our Father and to Jesus!

 

 

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James 1:25

But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Pero el que mira atentamente a la ley perfecta, la ley de la libertad, y permanece en ella, no habiéndose vuelto un oidor olvidadizo sino un hacedor eficaz, éste será bienaventurado en lo que hace.

This, God’s Word, says the perfect law of liberty; not just doing what we feel, but doing God’s will. In doing so we will be free and we will have liberty. It doesn’t mean free speech or the right to carry a gun, it means eternity with a loving Creator who cares for us and wants the very best for us. All praise to God!

 

 

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