ONE Master - ONE Lord Jesus!

To the apprentices of Jesus Christ enduring trials and tribulations, I proclaim one simple truth–FOLLOW THE ONE MASTER, the Lord Jesus.

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24

Seek God’s Grace and Jesus' eternal truth — His profound promise of faith, love, and action for those who trust in Him–for there is only ONE Master, the Lord Jesus.

"yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him." 1 Corinthians 8:6

As we journey through life's challenges, let us accept Jesus' invite and boldly approach HIS THRONE OF GRACE, for our High Priest, Jesus Christ, empathizes with our weaknesses and extends Mercy and Grace in our hour of need.

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find GRACE to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

Just as the Bible teaches us to consider trials as opportunities for growth and maturity, let us rejoice in the testing of our faith, knowing that perseverance produces Jesus’ character and faith IN US.

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36

Through it all, let us stand in faith under pressure by God's Grace, trusting in His provision and wisdom through prayer, believing Jesus is making everything RIGHT.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4

As we resist worldly desires and prioritize obedience to God's word, may our actions reflect the love and compassion of our Savior and Master, Jesus.

"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matthew 6:20

Regardless of your tough life situation, seek God’s Grace to surrender to God's will with humility and absolute obedience, prioritizing your relationship with Him above all else. There can only be ONE Master.

"so that, as sin reigned in death, even so Grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:21

And as we pray fervently in all circumstances, may we find strength and guidance from our constant companion, the Lord Jesus and His Grace.

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world." John 2:15-16

Let us live out our faith authentically, demonstrating God's Grace and love to the world around us, for as we serve others, we serve our Lord Himself.

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

The letter from James is a profound and timeless message of faith, love, and action intended for all believers of Jesus Christ to follow.

"For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find GRACE to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

James instructs us how to live, flourish, grow, and SHINE through adversity, trials, tribulations, and afflictions.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

James calls us to stand in Faith Under Pressure by Grace. James teaches us why we embrace trials as opportunities for growth and maturity. James teaches us that there can be only ONE Master in our life–KING JESUS!

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

James instructs us, by Grace, to trust in God's provision and wisdom through prayer--go to the throne room of Grace and receive help and mercy in your time of need.

"But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'" James 4:6

James also warns us all very strongly to recognize and be very aware of the transient nature of worldly prosperity, and that in this world and the next, there is only ONE Master and Lord of all.

"For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business." James 1:11

Placing ANY FAITH in money or worldly possessions is idolatry and will lead to destruction and devastation and even eternal damnation, apart from Christ forever.

"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5

Because THE adversary who wants to destroy God's goodness is on the earth NOW, wreaking havoc, we are called to act on what we hear from the Holy Spirit and exercise FAITH by TRUSTING God's Grace and Jesus Christ to work everything out and make everything RIGHT.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." James 1:5-6

The Bible teaches that we seek God's righteousness, wisdom, and obedience by listening attentively to God's Word. Never lose sight of the fact that in your life there can be only ONE Master. It is impossible to serve both Jesus and the pursuit of worldly possessions, power, and money.

"Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him." Romans 5:9

James says true religion involves reaching out to those in need and resisting worldly corruption.

"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

The Bible teaches us to live by and follow the Royal Rule of Love. Love others impartially, reflecting God's inclusive and compassionate nature.

"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6

Uphold the Royal Rule of the Scriptures by loving your neighbor as yourself, irrespective of social status.

"fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

The Bible instructs us to put our Faith into action. Genuine faith is evidenced by compassionate actions towards others.

"But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many." Romans 5:15

Faith and works are inseparable; they complement each other to demonstrate true discipleship.

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us," Hebrews 12:1

James warns us to get serious, to resist worldly desires, and to submit to God's will with humility–there can be only ONE Master in your life, Jesus, or the trappings of this world.

"So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men." Romans 5:18

James stresses that we should refrain from judgment and arrogance and instead prioritize obedience to God's Word.

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

James teaches us that the enemy, the devil, is attempting to destroy our life from within.

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

The Bible teaches that by Grace, we can turn Satan's attacks into blessings by receiving God's Grace and trusting King Jesus, the King of RIGHTEOUSNESS, to make everything RIGHT by Grace.

”And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;“ Romans 8:28-29

Beware of the pitfalls of wealth and arrogance, always seeking God's Grace to practice patience, endure trials, and trust God's justice.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

Your prayer as a RIGHTEOUS FOLLOWER OF CHRIST is to be reckoned with, and the enemy knows this, so pray more.

"The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification." Romans 5:16

Pray fervently in all circumstances, seeking healing, forgiveness, and restoration. Through prayer, cultivate a community of mutual support and accountability, promoting spiritual growth and reconciliation.

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16

The overarching message of James' letter emphasizes Grace's integration of faith and action, humility in the face of trials, and the primacy of love and compassion in all interactions.

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." James 4:10

The Holy Spirit, through James, calls us to live out our faith authentically, demonstrating God's Grace and love working through our words, deeds, and relationships.

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:14-17

As a humble servant and follower of Jesus Christ, I call out to all who profess faith in Jesus Christ, regardless of background, occupation, or circumstance.

"through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake," Romans 1:5

Just as James wrote to the early believers, I aim to impart Jesus' timeless truths that apply to our lives today.

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you." James 4:7-8

During life's trials and challenges, let us consider it a privilege when faced with adversity. These tests refine our faith, revealing its authenticity and depth.

"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:3-5

Whether you're a college professor navigating academic demands, an airline pilot soaring through turbulent skies, a retired judge reflecting on life's uncertainties, or a kindergarten teacher nurturing young minds, embrace trials as opportunities for spiritual growth.

"Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." Revelations 2:10

Seek, ask for, and receive God's Grace to heed the Word of God with attentive ears and responsive hearts. Let us not merely listen but also act upon Jesus’ teachings, working through LOVE. True religion is demonstrated not only in words but also in deeds.

"The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth." Psalms 145:18

Whether you're a college student striving for success, a senior pastor shepherding your flock, a pregnant single mother navigating parenthood alone, or a struggling entrepreneur facing financial challenges, let love and compassion guide your actions toward others.

"Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted." Proverbs 3:34

Love is the hallmark of genuine discipleship. Let us love others without prejudice or favoritism, mirroring God's inclusive and boundless love.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Whether you're a college dropout with no job prospects, an airline pilot who just lost his or her medical clearance, a rookie cop who needs justice and mercy, or a little old lady who is shaping young hearts, LET US extend love and dignity to all by Grace.

"For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity," Proverbs 2:6-7

The Bible teaches us that faith without works is dead. Let our faith be evident in our actions, demonstrating Christ's love through practical deeds of kindness and compassion empowered by Grace.

"But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:22-23

Whether you find yourself as an unemployed legal assistant seeking direction, a Christian counselor providing emotional and spiritual support to your clients, a grandmother longing to visit her grandchildren but unable to do so, or a struggling Marine undergoing rigorous training in boot camp, let the Grace of God, combined with Jesus’ faith in you, inspire you to engage in practical acts of love and service every day, empowered solely by God's Grace.

"Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him." Psalms 49:16-17

Let us earnestly pursue HIS righteousness and humility, expecting God's Grace to help us resist the allure of worldly ways, desires, and pride.

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4

Whether you're a dedicated nurse providing compassionate care, a skilled mechanic repairing vehicles with precision, a diligent farmer tending to crops and livestock, or a passionate musician sharing the gift of music with others, surrender to God's will with humility and absolute obedience.

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7

Beware the pitfalls of wealth, arrogance, and selfish ambition. Prioritize spiritual growth and dependence on God's grace.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27

Whether you're a high school teacher inspiring young minds, a firefighter bravely serving your community, a stay-at-home parent nurturing your children, or a dedicated social worker advocating for the marginalized, prioritize your relationship with God above all else, regardless of your circumstances.

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world." 1 Peter 5:8-9

Prayer is our lifeline to God and His Grace, offering a direct line for healing, forgiveness, and restoration. Let us pray fervently in all circumstances, trusting in God's faithfulness.

"He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Whether you're a software engineer innovating in the tech industry, a construction worker building homes for families, a therapist guiding clients toward healing, or a small business owner navigating challenges in the marketplace, may prayer be your constant companion, with Grace providing guidance and strength in every circumstance.

"After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." 1 Peter 5:10

Let us heed the timeless wisdom of James' letter, living out our faith with authenticity and love. May God's Grace empower us to be faithful disciples, impacting the world around us for His glory.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ " Matthew 25:35-40

As we journey together in faith, let us heed the call to truly make a difference in the world around us. Here are a few things we can do right now, as guided by the Spirit of God and empowered by God’s Grace:

Practice radical generosity and embody the love of Christ in every interaction, showing kindness, compassion, and empathy to all, regardless of background or circumstance. By loving others as Christ loved us, we demonstrate the transformative power of God's love in action.

"The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more," Romans 5:20

Serve with Jesus’ Humility by embracing opportunities to serve others selflessly, following the example of our Jesus who washed the feet of His disciples. Whether through acts of service in our communities, churches, or workplaces, humbly seek to uplift and encourage those around us by Grace, we pray in Jesus' name!

"For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17

Always speak the Truth in Love. In a world filled with division and falsehood, let us boldly proclaim the truth of God's word with love and Grace. May our words be seasoned with kindness and our actions reflect the unwavering truth of the Gospel of Grace, shining as trophies of HIS LIGHT in a darkened world.

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:1-2

Let’s pray without ceasing, by Grace cultivating a life of fervent prayer, seeking God's guidance, wisdom, and provision in all things. Let us intercede for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for our communities, and the world at large, knowing that prayer has the power to move mountains and bring about God’s purpose and will for humanity, which is total transformation.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us," Ephesians 3:20

Let us live with purpose by willingly surrendering our lives fully to God's will by Grace, embracing His plans and purposes for us with His Faith and obedience. Let us walk in the Spirit, bearing fruit that glorifies our Heavenly Father and testifies to the life-changing power of a surrendered life in Christ.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Let’s be catalysts for positive change in our spheres of influence and beyond. It’s not what we say that matters, it’s what we do after we say it. Let us be bold and courageous in our witness, knowing that God is faithful to work through us to accomplish His purposes. Together, let us follow Jesus wholeheartedly, humbling ourselves to the point of death to our flesh and living in the Spirit of God by grace through faith, working through love.

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Craig Rogers
Craig Rogers

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Craig Rogers is a visionary leader and serial...

Craig Rogers is a visionary leader and serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the behavioral health industry. His...