Do Not Err - James 1:16-18

James 1:16, “Do not err, my beloved brethren.”

I. We Don’t Have To Err

  • When God tells us not to do something, it’s not just a command, but it also helps us to understand that we don’t HAVE to do it.
  • Definition: “To wander from the right way; To Commit Error” (from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
  • To err, then, is to wander away, or waiver in your faith, away from God’ will; and that waivering leads you to be drawn away of your lust into error.

James 1:17-18, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

II. We Err When We Forget God

  • Review: James 1:5-6, “If 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. (6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
  • The gifts that God give us of wisdom and provision are in order to accomplish His will.
  • “Of his own will begat he us” – from the point of salvation, we have been equipped to walk in faith instead of in error.
  • We have a purpose – to accomplish God’s will; and he provides the provision. Living by faith is simply seek God’s wisdom and provision to understand accomplish his will in our lives.

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