Our scripture this morning is James 1:16-18.
 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  By his own choice, he gave us birth by the word of truth so that we would be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
James reminds us not to be deceived by Satan’s lies. Good things only come from God! We read that He is “the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
God is constant, unchanging, and as we recite in the Apostles Creed, “His will is ever directed to His children’s good.” God wants us to succeed and be part of His kingdom work. Satan wants only chaos and failure.
We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father and He “gave us birth by the word of truth.” We have a blessing waiting, all we need to do is accept it. Through our obedience to Him we are called to bless the world “as a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” God sends us to share His love with everyone.
Loving Lord, we are so grateful to be called Your children. Help us to think, speak and act with Your love always. Amen.