by Jerry Watts

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The Desire of the Father (8 of 24)
Series: How to Do Life
Jerry Watts
James 1:16-18

• Parents want the best for their children. In the 21st century American culture, parents go beyond the call to make sure that their kids have 'all the things that I didn't have.' Candidly, this is done with the best of intentions but 'too much too soon' may have been the culprits of many of today's problems. The issue is: 'we want the best, but do we know what's best?"
• Our Heavenly Father not only desires for us to have the best, but as our creator and Lord, He KNOWS what is best for us. His intent is for us to have life to the fullest (abundant life) on earth and eternal life when our earthly time has passed.
• We are working our way through the book of James in a series of messages entitled "How To Do Life" and find ourselves hearing from James about the 'desire of the Father.' Let's read and consider these words. (Read text)
• James' message is written to those who believe. Sometimes he writes about social issues, other times his message is about pray, and other times he writes about sin. We have already studied about test and temptation, about who they are from, and about the outcome of our response. It is on the heels of this subject that I would like us to consider what, exactly, the desire of our Heavenly father truly is.
• Life is all about choices, decisions, and actions. He says 3 things to us;
1. Be Clear -(Verse 16) It is obvious from the words of scripture that our Lord God wants us to be or our guard for deception. James has just finished writing about trials and temptation and follows with the affectionate address of "My dearly loved brothers" 'don't be deceived about these things. Candidly, the Bible gives us a laundry list of people who were deceived.' From Eve's story in Genesis to the reminder of Balaam and Korah in Jude, deception runs rampant throughout history. This is why we are repeatedly admonished to 'be not deceived;' to the ...

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