Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: General Topics
- Scripture: James 1:16-19
Dr. Danny Campbell shares a word of encouragement for the Wednesday Prayer Meeting entitled, "God Wants to Bless His Children." This is Dr. Danny Campbell's sermon from the 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting.
God Wants to Bless His Children
Pastor James wanted his people to hear God speaking and follow His leading in a world where it is easy to get distracted by other voices.
God gives good and perfect gifts, especially salvation V. 16-19
For the world’s man-made religions, changes are constantly made. But God and His truth stand like a rock-solid foundation to build on!
Verse 18 is key to understanding what James says in chapter two about faith and works. It is a clear declaration that God is ultimately the cause of our new birth salvation experience by means of the gospel message.
God’s will or purpose is the cause of our regeneration by means of the gospel message. -Charles Ryrie
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. -John 1:12-13
If man had been left to follow his own will, we would all be in Hell or on the way to Hell. Natural man never has been willing to follow God! -Oliver B Greene
These first believers, largely from a Jewish background, were the guarantee of a fuller harvest of believers to come. Just as Jesus and the apostles inspired them, their perseverance would inspire others!
The key to God’s blessing is to lay aside sin and take up God’s Word V. 21-25
The word implanted means permanently placed within! When we were born again by faith in Jesus, God the Holy Spirit took up residence in our hearts and makes the Bible work on us from the inside out.
There are three tenses of salvation – Past, Present, Future See Romans 6:22
The salvation of the soul here is not our redemption from the judgment our sins deserve, but it refers to the purification of our affections which are the expression of our soul’s activities. -H.A. Ironside
Verse 12 said there is a reward in Heaven for those who continue to love God amidst their earthly trials. Verse 25 says there is also a blessing NOW on earth for those who do what God says!
I love how James calls the Bible the Law of liberty – the Law of the New Man, the Man Free in Christ! See Galatians 5:13-14