The Patience of the Spirit


The Patience of the Spirit 

James Chapter One 

1James, a servant of God and
of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,

Note: Here
the Apostle James, the early church’s leader, not head, identifies his status
within the church, as a servant.  This
servant, then addresses and greets God’s remnant of the “twelve tribes”.  He makes notice that these tribes are
scattered, this identifies the state of Israel as fallen nation.  What does the fact that Israel is scattered
Deuteronomy 28:64And
the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth
even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou
nor thy fathers have known,
even wood
and stone.
A state of

brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Note: James then opens his letter with a
strange comment, that God’s children, in their fallen state, although still
God’s remnant, should consider it a joy, when they “fall” into different
temptations.   We need to recognize the
significance of the words that James intentionally uses, “fall” and
“temptations”.  Websters defines
temptation as the state of being enticed, or
arousing strong attraction or interest. 
This means that there exists outside forces trying to bring the actor
into a different state of mind (faith). 
These forces use devices that are pleasing to the actor, in order to
draw them in, and thereby causing the actor’s interest to peak, and lead to a
sense of
To this point the temptation is neither good nor bad, that is determined
by the intention of those yielding the external forces.  Traditionally, we think of temptations as something
evil, or that the devil uses, but does God also use the act of temptations?  We will address this later. 
Genesis 3:6
when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired
to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also
unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
  Here we see how Satan,
enticed or tempted Eve.  He created an
illusion in the mind of Eve (a different faith), and at each step drew her in
closer with pleasure, “good”, “pleasant” and “create”.  Eve then, engrossed with euphoria was easily
transformed in a state enmity with God. 
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet (Eve’s new faith) thy neighbour’s house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his
maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
With euphoria, Satan was able to lead Eve, a perfect being, into a state
of Covetousness against her provider, and Creator.  So far, we have only addressed the negative
components of temptations, could there be some positive ones as well?  We will address this later.

Next, let us deal with Jame’s second
chosen word, “fall”.  Webster’s
dictionary has over eleven distinct definitions for the verb “fall”, but when
one compares each definition to the context of Jame’s letter, only two
definitions give the best rendering for the circumstance.  Webster’s Definition of
Fall – 1. to pass suddenly and passively (do nothing to stop
it) into a state of body or mind or a new state or condition (like Eve)
2. to enter as if unawares :
STUMBLE, STRAY.  So which of these two
definitions is James referring to when he uses the word “Fall”?  Well, we are dealing with a conditional state
of mind when discussing the use of the verb temptation, so one could reasonably
assume that this is in harmony with what the author is portraying, and
therefore the correct use of the definition, so let’s take a closer look.   Here Webster uses the phrase sudden and passive. 
1. acted on by external agencies 2. receptive to outside impressions or
influences 3. receiving or enduring without resistance “Submissive”.  In other words, in the first two
explanation,  passive requires a sense of
awareness or a state of knowledge. 
Using this form of the verb to explain the meaning of Jame’s use of the
word fall, would imply or infer that God wants us to actively place
in the state of temptation. 
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the Devil, and he will
flee for a season.
  This verse is antagonist to the notion that
God wishes for man to willingly place himself in temptation.  Therefore, the actual use of the word “fall”
that James uses is to enter into unaware. 
So man, does not create the situation, or add to the situation for which
he is being tempted, otherwise, he is in collusion with the Devil, and
in enmity against God. 

So why does James want us to consider
ourselves to be in a state of joy when being tempted?

that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Note: Here James compares our faith, or
what beliefs exists in our mind, to one of the muscles in our body.  James proves his prior statement, that we
should be filled with joy when we experience temptations that we did not lead
ourselves into, or intend.  He goes on to
infer that, as we make our muscles stronger with use, we strengthen our
spiritual muscles (faith in our mind) 
thru over coming Satan’s temptations, cause we will experience them
anyway.  He uses the word “trying” to
represent the strengthening, or working, the powers of endurance, or the
strength of faith.  He goes on to state
that this strengthening of faith, creates in our mind, patience.  To be patient, is to remain in the state of
faith, irrespective of difficulty or diversity.


1.       Tryingseverely straining (strengthening) the powers of endurance

2.       Patient – 1. bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint 2. steadfast           despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

let patience have
her perfect
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Here, James expresses to the remnant, that strengthening our our
spiritual muscles, or faith of mind, will lead the actor to perfect works.  Therefore, we do not do the works in order to
be saved, rather the works are the outward manifestation of our salvation.  When our state of mind, is in perfect harmony
with Christ, we lack nothing.  
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit (pneuma) is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.
  An individual with true faith, is incapable of not sharing this
faith.  The true faith in our mind,
becomes as oxygen is to our body, and it must be used, or the mind dies.  It is not possible for God’s true children to
hide their faith under a bushel, it MUST shine.

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.

Remember, it is the trying of faith that leads to patients (a steadfast
state of mind, despite opposition, difficulty or adversity “Satan”)  To be able to resist the devil, irrespective
of his temptations, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or the pride of life.  Since it is the trial of faith, then faith
must grow, otherwise we lack the ability to hold fast (algea’s hold fast).  Therefore, when our minds exist in a state of
enmity against God, we are powerless against the Devil.  When we allow the Lord access to our heart
and mind, He places a measure of faith or enmity against the Devil in
them.  As the devil tempts us, and if we
are not in collusion with him, the Lord adds in us, additional faith in Him and
simultaneously, enmity against Satan. 
Jesus, our Savior, wants to freely give us the gifts of faith, and
Romans 12:3For I say, through
the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of
the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James directs all Christians who are lacking in enmity against the
Devil, to ask God for more.  He then
expresses that there is a proper manner, and an improper manner to request of
God.  He states that we must ask of God,
“in faith”.  In faith means more that
just with belief. 
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou
doest well: the devils also believe (know), and tremble.
 In faithrequires a particular state of mind, belief, trust and loyalty
(works).  At the Garden, if Eve existed
as “in faith”, she would have had as her arsenal, patients against Satan.  Oh what a wonderful world this would be if
she had patients.  Unfortunately, Satan,
thru his temptations, was able remove the patients, and the enmity against the
Devil.  He changed her state of mind, and
inserted a state of wavering. 
Mathew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve God and mammon. 

1 Kings 8:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you
falter (waver) between two opinions? If the LORD is
God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered
him not a word.

let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Remember, there is a proper way to ask of
God, and therefore an improper way.  Here
James is explaining that a man should not think that he will automatically
receive what he requests of God. 
Prosperity preaching.  If man
comes before God in a state of wavering, he comes in a state of presumption.

double minded man
is unstable
in all his ways.

Note: James
again refers to the wavering mind, as one that is swaying between two
opinions.  When we exist in this state of
mind, we have no connection between us and God. 
God does not require part of us, He requires all.  When we come to God in parts, we leave parts
with our adulterous lover, Satan.  If we
hold even the slightest love for Satan, then we exist in complete enmity with
Christ.  If we request of God, in a state
of enmity toward Him, he is unable to grant our request.

Job 1:1 & 8-121. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man
was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed
8-12 – And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou
considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect
and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan
answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou mad
an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every
side?  Thou has blessed the works of his
hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 Put forth thine had
, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.  12 
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;
only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the
presence of the Lord.

Here, Job is described as a perfect and
upright man, or one who exists in a state of “in faith” with God, and enmity
with evil
.  The scripture goes on to
say that Job’s state of mind was so perfect that he eschewed, or pushed evil
away from his presence.  Christ asks
Satan what world he represents by coming before God’s throne, and Satan
responds from going to and fro the Earth. 
Satan’s statement makes inference that he has conquered man, and
therefore the earth is his kingdom. 
Jesus rebuts Satan’s claim by stating that He still has a faithful
follower on the earth, and therefore, 
earth cannot possibly belong to Satan. 
Satan then claims that the only reason Job follows Christ is because He
bribes, or Tempts Job.  Does the Lord
Tempt man?  So when we come before God,
in a wavered state of mind, God cannot grant our request, or He would be
bribing or tempting us for His benefit, and Satan would be right. God
Forbid!  But when we come before God in a
state of “in faith”, and with enmity against evil, this state of mine, in
perfect harmony with the Father, gives us the ability, thru Christ, to overcome
our temptations and grow.  So how do we
find that state of “in faith” with God, and enmity with Satan?

the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

Note: Here
James refers to the brother of low degree, as one who recognizes his state of
wavering, but his desire of know God, and his complete dependence upon

Mathew 5:3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
  Let us rejoice when we come into this
realization, for ours is the Kingdom of heaven. Let us hunger and thirst for
Christ’s righteousness, and we shall be filled with “in faith” and enmity
toward Satan, which will lead us to eschew (push away) evil.  Our natural, minds become anti-sin, or

the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall
pass away.

James compares the “rich” to the haughty man with the wavering
character.  In the beginning the rich man
is considered beautiful and impressive (pharisees belief system), but later as
time creeps in, he is made low (in capable of recognizing his dependence upon
God, or self dependenc).  God’s people,
in contrast, are considered simple, plain, and of unchanging state. 
Mathew 5:5
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and
the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so
also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

Here the “rich” wavering man, without a “hold fast”, when confronted
with cares of this life, give up the word, truth and God, and spiritually wither

Mark 4:17And have no root
(hold fast) in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when
affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are

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.

Note: James
explains that the man who successfully holds fast to the “in faith” with God,
and enmity with Satan, after being tempted, is blessed of God and is promised
eternal life with God. 
Mathew 24:13 But he that
shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mathew 5:8Blessed are the
pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Note: Here
James teaches that the man which is tempted, and continues in the state of “in
faith” with God, and enmity with Satan, is truly blessed of God.

Mathew 5:10Blessed are they
which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven.


Endure – 1. To continue in the same state 2. To remain firm under
suffering or misfortune without yielding. 
We still have not established if there is a good side to temptation, and
if God actually tempts mankind?

no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted
with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Here James writes, a clear, definitive answer to our question.  He states, while we exist in a state of
temptation, we are not to accuse or even believe that these temptation come
from God.  Remember family, earlier,
James expressed to us that we should count it “all” joy, when we “fall” into
different temptations.  We had
established that the joy comes from our spiritual growth, only when we fall
into temptation, therefore having no collusion with Satan.  We are not to state or believe that God is
the source of our temptation, even when the temptation leads to spiritual
growth and joy.  You see, our perfect
God, has no imperfection, or desire for imperfection, therefore, evil cannot
entice, arouse, attract or even interest (tempt) the Lord, as it did Eve.
John 1:15
This then is the message which we have heard of him,
and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
  Since God does not bribe, as we found our
earlier, neither does He favor one man over another.  If He does not favor man, then He does not
tempt man. 
Romans 2:11For there is no
respect of persons with God.

every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

So what is the catalyst that leads to our temptation?  Here James reveals to us the source of our
temptations, or how and why we are enticed or drawn away from our “in faith”
and enmity.  As Seventh-Day-Adventist
Christians, we do not believe that we are born in the state of enmity against
God, but rather in a state of bliss. 
Later, Satan begins his campaign “of doubt” in our minds. The doubt then
draws us away from God, and creates in us the Lust which directs us to our
Covetous nature. As protestants, we reject the “Original Sin Doctrine” of
Rome.   James clearly states that as with
Eve, it is our euphoria, which places us in a state of lust, that transforms us
to a state of covetousness, which converts us into a state of sin, that leads
us to the state of death. 

when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,
bringeth forth death.

See above

not err, my beloved brethren.

Here James has a specific message, for a specific people.  He identifies this group as “brethren”.  He further identifies this aggregate as
“beloved”, therefore these are not merely acquaintances, but rather a family
that he and Christ love.  Here the
Apostle gives a solemn warning, “do not err”, do not mistaken.  The question is, what are we not to make a
mistake about?

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.

Note: James
declares that every good and perfect gift that we receive comes from heaven,
and is sent to us from God the Father.  A
good and perfect gift consists of a talent, treasure or otherwise that will
benefit the receiver to either find or stay in the will of God.  James describes God the Father as the Father
of Lights.  Here lights can stand for
righteousness, transparency, philosophy or perfect character. Whatever the
actual meaning, James concludes that the Father’s Light is complete, and
displaces all darkness, or evil.  This is
why perfection and imperfection can not exist simultaneously, otherwise
imperfection dies.  Light cast out
darkness.  See above 1 John 1:15.

his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures.

Here James declares the God begat us of his will, with the word of
truth.  Now this statement can have
multiple meanings.  If expressed in the
physical world, it could mean that God actually sired us (pagan belief).  Since God is an actual Creator, and not a
pro-creator, we can reasonably reject this definition.  Next, in the spiritual realm, God makes us a
new creation, since sin had corrupted the original.  It also states that we were re-created with
the word of truth.  Here the word of
truth could mean either the actual scriptures of God, or the Deity known as the
Word.  We will have to compare this
statement to the remaining verses to decipher which of these two is correct.

Webster’s Definitions:

Begat – 1. to procreate as the father (sire) 2. to produce especially
as an effect or                               outgrowth

my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to

Again, we find James, speaking to a particular group of people, whom he
identifies as brethren.  Therefore, as
before, these are not acquaintances, but rather family,  James then expresses to them, and us, that we
should swift (quick to listen) to hear, cautious when we speak, and slow to
anger or irrational thought or behavior. 

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
But I say unto you, That every idle
word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of

the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Here James explains just why we should be quick to listen, remain slow
to speak, and slow to anger.  He
teaches  us that man’s wrath leads to
ungodly thoughts, or a state of being out of “in faith”, and this state of mind
removes the enmity that we previously possessed against evil.  We then become friends with evil and Satan,
our natural human state returns.

lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with
meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Note: James
instructs us to separate our thoughts.
 Mathew 25:32 –  And before him
shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as
a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
He states
that we must remove all filthiness and naughtiness, from our thoughts, once we
eschew this evil mind, only then do we posses the capacity to be grafted into
the word of God.  This connection with
the word of God leads to continuing change of heart and mind, which will lead
to salvation.

Remember, perfection and imperfection
cannot occupy the same space, otherwise imperfection dies and perfection leave
where not wanted.

be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Note: Here
the Apostle James warns the people, once we have cleared your mind of all
uncleanliness, we must follow He whom were grafted to, the word of God,
Christ.  If we do not strictly adhere to
God’s Word, then over time, the connection created will be broken.  Remember, Satan is continuously attempting to
deceive God’s people thru deception, if we do not remain vigilant and “in
faith”, the gift of enmity against the devil becomes weak, and we return to our
natural, sinful state. 

Mathew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a
man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. (44) Then
he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is
come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45) Then goeth he, and taketh
with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in
and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.  Even so shall it be also unto this wicked

if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding
his natural face in a glass:

Remember family, in verse 3 we leared that the process of overcoming
temptation  creates spiritual muscles,
therefore knowledge of itself, or belief of itself, is not enough to overcome
the devil, Satan knows what we know even better, and therefore we are not even
on equal ground with him.  Therefore,
Christ provides a mechanism where our spiritual strength can grow, but this
process requires works.  Now the works do
not save us, only Christ righteousness can do that, but lack of works makes our
spiritual muscles atrophy and die.  The
lack of works returns us to our sinful image.

he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner
of man he was.

As Satan attacks, he brakes down our barriers against him.  When we fail to overcome temptation, our will
is broken. 
Mathew 26:41 Watch and pray,
that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh
is weak.

25But 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

Note:  As above.  The
law of perfect law of liberty is either a road map to salvation, or the manner
in which we know that we are in sin.

26 If any man among you seem to be
religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s
religion is vain.

The Apostle James explains to the remnant, that there may be those among
God’s people, who express the illusion of being a follower of Christ, but
neither their hearts, minds, nor works (outward manifestations) reflect the
characteristics of Christ.  He then
states that the works (outward manifestation) of not holding their tongue, but
the free (intentional) expressions of animosity toward Christ’s Church, or
specific members in the church, are clear evidence of this false alliance to
John 13:35 – By this shall all men know that your are my disciples, if ye have
love, one to another.
  He goes on to state that over time, with
perpetual bashing of God’s remnant, these false followers, begin to believe
that they are doing the will of God. 
Christ warns us of the same. 
Mathew 7:15 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to
you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.


1,       Religious
to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged           ultimate reality or deity

2,       Seem
give the impression of being

3,       Impression
often indistinct or
imprecise notion or remembrance

4,       Vain
no real value

religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to
keep himself unspotted from the world.

James ends this letter by teaching what true or pure religion is (free
from moral fault or guilt) and how undefiled (not made corrupt, impure or
unclean) religion expresses itself.  True
religion is selfless, and immersed in agape. 
It visits the fatherless and becomes their surrogate father, it comes to
aid of the widow, in her grief or in her need, and not only visits, but does
all it can to remove her affliction. 
True religion is not a self centered ideology, since a person “in will”
is already guaranteed salvation, but true religion is about doing the works
that others can also find hope and salvation.


Pure – free from moral fault or guilt

Unspotted – free from moral stain.

Undefiled – not made corrupt, impure, or

Brothers and Sisters, as a
church, we have much to answer to for God. 
We are guilty before our Father in that we have not done all that we
could have, or even should have.  We are
very much aware that we reside in the end of days, and soon we will experience
the end of time.  We have this last
opportunity, gifted to us by God, to change this.  Today, although our works are good, they have
not been made perfect, for we, as a church, give of our excess, and not of our
all.  Let us devote ourselves to the
finishing of work, by preaching the three angles message to the world.  “The world is our Church”. 

Let us show a world, polluted
with bigotry, selfishness, hatred, and unkindness, the true meaning of

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