Remain Steadfast! James 5

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 5:7-11

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“We consider those blessed who remained steadfast.”
James 5:11

  • Are you patient?
  • Personally, I struggle with this quality. Here what image does James us to draw us a word picture to help us understand what patience looks like?
  • While the farmer waited for rain and his fruit to ripen, do you think he sat on his porch watching?
  • No, the farmer diligently works to prepare for the harvest. Likewise, we are called ot prepare our hearts for what purpose?
  • The Lord is coming (Mark 13:24-27) we are called to prepare for Jesus’ return. Record the  specific action James 5:9 instructs us to take.
  • Are you a grumbler – do you speak ill of others and blame them for your circumstances – why?
  • Instead, what traits characterize the prophets?
  • Those who remain steadfast (firm in belief) are called what?
  • Like Job, God has a purpose for all events in your life (Romans 8:28). He will work all things together for your good – even when it doesn’t seem like it. In fact, we are called to thank God in ALL circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Through Job’s life how did God reveal Himself?
  • God can reveal himself through your life, too. If you search the word steadfast in the ESV version of the Bible, it is filled with verses about God’s steadfast love. He loves you so much…you can trust in Him (Deuteronomy 7:9), & abide in Him (John 15:5)! He is preparing you today – remain steadfast no matter the trial – He is faithful & His love endures forever! Give God whatever trial you are facing today, remain fixed in Him – His love never fails!

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Remain in Him and He will remain in you!   I will be praying for you!

What treasure? James 5

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 5:1-6

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“Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.”
James 5:2,3

  • What is your attitude about your earthly treasure?
  • Jesus tells you in Matthew 6:19-21 what kinds of treasure you should be storing…write it down.
  • Knowing your heart and treasure are connected, what does that tell you about truly giving your heart to God (Psalm 24).
  • Our hearts should be focused on God, trusting Him in every way…He has proven He is faithful! Ask God to renew your heart today. Devote it to God and live focusing on heavenly treasure and not on your earthly desires. Is there something you need to change today?

 

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Heavenly treasure is far greater and eternal…Seek to store up what will last forever!   I will be praying for you!

Got Plans! James 4

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 4:13-17

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 Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ “
James 4:15

  • Do you consult God as you make your plans for today…tomorrow…two years from now
  • According to James in v. 15 how should we think about/plan our lives?
  • When you don’t include God in your plans, you promote what behavior?

    Do you ever get nudges from God? A phone call to make, a not to write, a situation to avoid…But you don’t listen? James tell us here what results when we do not heed God’s call.

    Do not boast…you and I are bust a mist that comes and goes. But, when we know Jesus we can be certain that our forever citizenship will be in God’s kingdom (Philippians 3:20,21). Choose today to live as a citizen of heaven. Read Romans 12:1-2 write about how we can seek to do God’s will.

     

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Seek God’s plans and not your own!   I will be praying for you!

Be a Doer! James 4

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 4:11-12

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 Do not speak evil against one another, brother.”
James 4:11

  • Verse 11a is very clear…what are we told not to do?
  • What happens when you speak against a brother?
  • If you judge the law what does that make you?

    *Who is the only lawgiver & judge?

    *How does He manifest His power?

  • In Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” How does that clarify the James passage?
  • We are not a judge, we are called to live according to His will and to seek Him. Read Romans 13:8-10…How do you become a doer of the law?

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Don’t talk evil about others! Live the law of love!   I will be praying for you!

Humility Before God! James 4

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James 4:1-10

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“Submit yourselves therefore to God.”
James 4:7

  • What causes disagreements and fights?
  • The reason we do not have is________.
  • The reason we do not receive is ______.
  • When you choose to be a friend of the world your relationship with God changes in what way?
  • God longs for our faithfulness, how do we show him we belong to him (James 4:7)?
  • You have the power of God in you. If you flee from the devil what is his reaction?
  • Instead, what is God’s reaction when we draw near to him?
  • How does James characterize sinners?
  • God gives us grace – when you come to him in humility. rewrite v. 10 in the first person. When I humble….
  • God wants to give to us his abundant grace, but we must first choose Him. We must first choose Him over the world, and humble ourselves before Him asking to guide us along His plan and not our own. Asking to change our hearts and minds and conform us to the image of His son. He will draw near to you…but you must first draw near to Him! Are you caught up in the world? Are you desiring what others have or determined to follow YOUR path?  Go to the Lord today & humble yourself…

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Choose God!   I will be praying for you!

True Wisdom! James 3

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 3:13-18

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“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason,
full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

James 3:17

  • According to verse 13b, how do you demonstrate that you are wise?
  • There are two types of wisdom. List them…
  • Write down the traits that characterize selfish wisdom.
  • When your wisdom is jealous and selfish, what is the result?
  • In contrast, make a list of the traits that characterize wisdom from above.
  • This wisdom which is sewn in peace yields what type of harvest?
  • You have a choice each day to depend on your own selfish wisdom, or the wisdom from above. Pray verse 17 for yourself each day and see what God changes in your heart and life. Be aware  of the opportunity to rely on God and choose to seek His wisdom. Continue to write about the changes you see in your own life as you choose God’s wisdom.

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His wisdom yeilds an harvest of righteousness. Choose to seek God’s wisdom today!  I will be praying for you!

Mouth Control! James 3

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

James 3:1-12

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“And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man,able also to bridle his whole body.”
James 3:2b

  • In James 3:2 he tells you what the ability to bridle your tongue will allow you…what is it?
  • The two analogies James gives us show how small parts controls an entire vessel. How is the tongue similar?
  • James calls our tongue a fire. Where does that fire come from?
  • What is the consequence of starting a fire with your tongue?
  • What are the two very different purposes you use your mouth for?
  • “My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” If we know that from our heart our mouth speaks (Luke 6:45a), what can Psalm 51:7-12 tell us about how God can equip us to live life with a tongue from heaven?
  • Are there any changes you need to make in your life…does your tongue bless our curse? From your mouth can come praises, encouragement and life, or bitterness, gossip, anger, and harsh criticism. Ask God to create in you a pure heart. Pray Psalm 51:7-12 now and begin your journey to a transformed tongue.

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Choose today to bridle your tongue. Ask God to change your heart and mouth. I will be praying for you!