We read in James 1 that the way to ‘lacking nothing’ is by asking for wisdom. Does that make any sense to you? What we are asking God for shows us what’s in our hearts. Are you using prayer to attempt to change circumstances or to mature in faith? Liz shares about how once God changed her ‘be,’ she was able to be calm for the first time in her life despite similar circumstances.
It’s hard to be yourself! We may think it’s easy, but with sin in the picture, it’s pretty difficult.
When did you start to want spiritual growth in your faith walk? Liz says right away—but Evan wonders if there ever was a time when it got boring and then you started wanting more?
James 1:2-8 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.
So we get out of lack/scarcity through faith, not through our own amazing efforts to take care of ourselves.
Big difference in the way Evan and Liz came to faith. So when Liz started at 15, she was ready to be fully bought in and ready to grow.
Evan grew in his faith gradually throughout his childhood and has many little times when he wanted to get more serious about it.
What we think we lack are our felt needs, and we don’t often seek to solve this problem by asking for wisdom, but that’s what the James passage says to do.
Liz talks about the element of truth in the law of attraction stuff. Christians tend to shy away from this, but it’s another way to talk about where our heart is at.
When we pray for wisdom, we’re asking God to change our heart and mind.
When we go to God, we’re looking inside ourselves and letting God change things, then we can move out of that new improved center to change the situation around us.
Liz has experienced this in a big way coming out of trauma. God changed her “be” so she can now be calm. And it’s an amazing transformation.
Everyone has stuff in their life, and even the ‘little’ stuff needs to change because our understanding of the world is wrong. And only God can fix it.
The best version of yourself is yourself being changed by God from the inside out, you becoming who God had in mind when He made you.
It’s a process. Like training to run a race. Strength comes through stressing your muscles.
We tend to want ease over maturity
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