Trials and Temptations. James 3:12, ESV: "Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs?Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water." When a believer goes through personal trials, they discover the kind of faith they really possess. An extended reflection on the power that teachers hold because of the might and danger of words, this passage compares the power of words to the destruction and proliferation of a fiery blaze. James 3:1-12 speaks to these realities in a vivid way. Heavenly Father, thank You that You are my God and that You use all the trials of life for my eternal benefit. James 1:12-15 " 12 Blessed is the man who endures trial, ... We are tempted to find our meaning, purpose, identity and life elsewhere than in our heavenly Father. James 1:1-12 New International Version (NIV). Men are tempted when assailed by Satan. Trials not only reveal our faith, but they also develop our character. James 3:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 3:12, NIV: "My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water." Men are tempted by the afflictions and privations of life. Whereas once, commentators routinely dismissed James’s hortatory rhetoric as a miscellaneous hodgepodge of wisdom traditions, renewed (and more … 3. James is written to show us that God is trying to produce in us the kind of faith that overcomes. In both cases, the crown of life is a special honor, reward, or recognition given by Jesus to those who stand up against the temptation and trials of the devil. MEN ARE REQUIRED TO ENDURE TEMPTATION. II. I. Greetings. 2. 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Men are tempted by their fellow-creatures. James 1:1-12 . James 1:1-18. Keep my heart from complaining and may I learn to walk in the light as Christ is in the light so that I may grow in grace and learn more of You with every passing day - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. 1. The crown mentioned in Revelation 2:10 is also the crown of life mentioned in James 1:12. This Sunday’s passage involves one of the more peculiar passages in the New Testament. The rewards for enduring temptation. One of the best tests of Christian growth and maturity is trouble. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:. His purpose in allowing us to walk through the trials of living in the broken world is never to tempt us to not trust Him. But, James assures us, God is never the one tempting us. Not many should strive to be teachers, James instructs, because the office is rife with temptations. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:12. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,  whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. IN THE PRESENT LIFE MEN ARE EXPOSED TO TEMPTATIONS, 1. But that shouldn’t distract preachers from the clear, strong, timely emphasis on the importance of considering the effects of what we say.