Sunday: Knowing Your Enemy
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Someone once said this about his enemy: I see him every day-when I’m shaving. This is exactly what James wants us to recognize: our greatest enemy is ourselves. Salvation begins by seeing who we really are, not who we imagine ourselves to be. Read James 1:23-24. Who is described here, and what is the basic … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Being and Doing
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 1:23-24; Matt. 19:16-22; Luke 6:27-38; Rom. 8:2-4; Rom. 12:9-18; 2 Pet. 1:4. Memory Text: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22). Jean Francois Gravelet, better known as The Great Blondin, became famous for walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Heidy’s Hope, Part 2
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Juan Caicedo Solis The demons in Mirella struggled against the family members who took her to the Adventist church. During the struggle Mirella fainted. When the family tried to carry her limp body through the church door, they could feel a powerful force pushing them away. Inside the church the congregation prayed while deacons tried … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Enduring Temptation
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Further Study: Read about sin and the power to change in Ellen G. White, Repentance, Steps to Christ, pp. 23-36 and summarize the key points. The plan of redemption contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan. Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin. He came to destroy the works of the devil, … [Click to read more …]

Authority and Power Over Temptation
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One day at work many years ago, my boss crossed the line and really upset me. I felt I was being pressured beyond what I could endure. I was about to march into my boss’s office and spew out a series of un-Christlike words. Not that it is wrong to confront your boss when he … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Hit the Mark
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For the last two weeks I have been engaged in a war of wills with a family of squirrels. Those cute little creatures always scampering about my yard had now become my opponents. Unbeknownst to me these creatures had taken up residence in my house. My wife had suggested some time ago that there could … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Saved by Receiving
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Read James 1:21. What role does the word have in what James is saying? This verse concludes all that has been said so far about faith and salvation. It is an appeal to put away all impurity and separate ourselves from wickedness. The command put away (RSV) is used seven out of nine times in … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Thought Starters
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Introduction. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12. What does our love for God have to do with victory over temptation? Will we be tempted even if we love God supremely? Will we be … [Click to read more …]