Showing posts with label prayer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prayer. Show all posts

13 April 2019

On Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:17 WEL Don’t stop praying.

Consider some book reviews on prayer:
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B2 The author of Book Title draws upon her knowledge of Scripture, personal struggles, and breakthroughs in prayer to provide reassuring guidance for women wanting more of God in their lives, sharing sample prayers that cover every area of a woman's life.
B3 No one can sit on the sidelines today when it comes to spiritual matters. A war is going on between good and evil, and every believer is involved. For every Christian who wants a meaningful prayer life that is more than just asking for blessings, bestselling Author’s Name shows how to pray with strength and purpose—prayers resulting in great victory, not only personally but also in advancing God's kingdom and glory.
B4 News Paper Name-bestselling author Author’s Name writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.
B5 All have a formula: Do this and prayers are answered. Follow me and my teaching and you will have answers to your prayers. More power, more peace, more answers, more…
What is prayer?
B1 Talking with God. What is hard about this?
B2 When we talk with God, we are not in stillness, with unused, blank minds, passive, “going inside,” bypassing our mind, etc.
B3 We are to be active, alert, and involved.
B4 We are not looking for a feeling, a presence, a figure of a person, a light, a warmth, a tingling in the leg, a burning in the bosom, etc.
Elements of conversation
B1 One list (Source): Communication Involves Three Components:
  1. Verbal Messages - the words we choose
  2. Paraverbal Messages - how we say the words
  3. Nonverbal Messages - our body language.
B2 Our words, attitude, and actions in prayer are noted by God.
God is
B1 Isaiah 9:6 NLT For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
C1 God is a Wonderful Counselor
D1 He can handle our verbal pains.
D2 He can handle our descriptions of our burden.
D3 He knows how to listen.
D4 He is not in a hurry.
C2 Mighty God
D1 He is able to answer.
D2 He will answer, “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.”
D3 Sometimes His “Yes” is different than what we expected or requested.
C3 Everlasting Father
D1 He has love (Love is a choice—motivation and source. Love’s actions are written in 1 Corinthians).
D2 He has compassion.
D3 He makes the best decisions for us. Even His rebuke is in love and given for a good reason.
C4 Prince of Peace
D1 He brings peace and rest to our souls.
D2 His motive is love and justice.
D3 He is King of the Universe, so be respectful.
B2 Matthew 9:35 WEL Jesus went around to all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
C1 Physical sickness
C2 Emotional sickness
C3 Relationship sickness
B3 Acts 10:38 WEL How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He traveled around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
C1 Physical sickness
C2 Spiritual sickness
B4 Mark 2:17 WEL When Jesus heard, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repent."
C1 All sickness
C2 Sin sickness
C3 Example: Matthew 9:2-7 NKJV Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 7 And he arose and departed to his house.
B5 Has compassion
C1 Psalms 103:13 NRSV As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.
C2 Mark 1:41 NKJV Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."
Talk with God
B1 Talking to God is prayer.
B2 Reading Scripture is God talking to us.
B3 God is a good listener.
B1 With Nicodemus in John chapter 3.
B2 With Peter: John 21:16-19 NKJV He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish." 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me.
C1 A conversation
C2 No specialized speech or formulas.
B3 With Nehemiah: Nehemiah 2:2-5 NKJV Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart." So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?" 4 Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it.
C1 Short
C2 Plea for help
B4 With Moses: Exodus 3:10-14 NKJV Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." 11 But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?" 12 So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." 13 Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.
C1 In this chapter as elsewhere, God and Moses have a conversation.
C2 Moses is just speaking. He has no specialized speech, no formulas, no gimmicks, instead just conversation.
C3 Note there was no written Scriptures for the Holy Spirit to bring to mind.
B5 With Rebekah: Genesis 25:21-23 NKJV Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like this?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said to her: "Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger."
C1 Had a question for God.
C2 God answered. (In those days, there was no written Scripture for the Holy Spirit to bring to our mind).
B6 With Mary: John 20:14-18 NKJV Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' " 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
C1 Brief
C2 Worshipful
B7 The Lord Jesus with His Father: Luke 6:12 NKJV Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
C1 Long prayer, for His prayer time was all night. Contrast, Nehemiah’s prayer was very short. Conversions are like that.
C2 Sometimes the burden is great. Sometimes words do not come, just groans and tears. Sometimes we must repeat ourselves over and over. So it might take all night.
The Church
B1 Acts 1:14 NLT They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.
B2 Ephesians 6:18 NLT Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
B1 Colossians 4:2 GNB Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.
C1 Persistent—This is not nagging or whining, but continuing.
C2 Alert—This is the opposite of being careless, listless, inattentive, unaware. WordSymth defines it as keenly attentive or responsive; quick to perceive.
C3 Thankful—This has the idea of asking God why, what can I learn from this, how can I help others, and most importantly, how can I glorify God.
B2 James 1:5 GNB But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.
C1 Asking—He does not get angry.
C2 Receiving—He does give. He does not say when, but He will.
B3 There are many other wonderful things about prayer.
We learn
B1 We must pray. God does not need our fellowship but enjoys it. If I never talk to my wife or my family, what will they think? So too, God.
B2 We must be alert. We must be alert to dangers, deceptions, sin, forgetfulness, for the Christian life can be dangerous.
B3 We must be thankful.
B4 We must seek to glorify God for the good He gives and the help and encouragement in trials.

30 January 2019

1 Timoty 2

1 Timothy 2:1-7

B1 Encourage prayer
C1 1 For everyone
D1 Petitions
E1 A petition, supplication, is a request to an authority.
E2 Proverbs 30:7-8 NIV - Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
D2 Prayers
E1 Prayers is a more formal, respectful talking with God.
E2 Luke 6:12 NIV - One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
E3 1 Timothy 5:5 NIV - The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
D3 Requests
E1 The word has the idea of coming together to converse.
E2 It is used in our passage and also 1 Timothy 4:5 NIV - because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
D4 Thanksgivings
E1 According to the old Webster’s Dictionary, it means an acknowledgment expressive of a sense of favor or kindness received;
E2 1 Timothy 4:4 NIV - For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
D5 We ARE to pray. Prayer is not hard. It is talking with God. It is worship and fellowship.
C2 2 For leaders
D1 One of the many reasons we pray to God concerning our political leaders is so we (all) can live in peace and safety.
D2 For Christians must live a Christian life. This is sometimes hard, because the government is against Christians.
D3 Regardless, we must always pray for our leaders whether we like them or not.
D4 (Jeremiah 29:7 MKJV And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be exiled, and pray to the LORD for it. For in its peace you shall have peace.
D5 2 Kings 8:3 NIV - At the end of the seven years she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to appeal to the king for her house and land.
C3 3-7 For everyone to be saved
D1 The text clearly says all. Don’t let anyone fool you out of the plain, normal sense. Compare:
E1 2 Peter 3:9 NIV - The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
E2 (Isaiah 53:6 MKJV All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
E3 2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV - For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
D2 All whether poor, rich, or in between. All whether employed in medical, legal, government, agriculture, retired, unemployed, education, etc. All means all.
D3 Either people are saved by Jesus Christ and Him alone or they are not.
D4 He is the only mediator.
D5 Works are worthless. Philippians 3:7-8 NIV - But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

1 Timothy 2:8-15

B2 Encourage members
C1 8 Men
D1 What does God want the Christian man to do?
D2 God wants men to pray, not fight and argue.
D3 God wants men to pray, not doubt.
C2 9-15 Women
D1 What does God want from Christian women?
D2 God wants Christian women to dress modestly, not seductively.
D3 Instead of investing in expensive clothes, etc., God wants women to invest in doing good, doing good not for salvation but to honor God.
E1 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV - For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
E2 There are spiritual works like preaching the Gospel, encouraging other believers, praying for others, etc.
E3 There are practical works, too, like teaching, giving, helping a neighbor, visiting widows, etc.
D4 About teaching (I’ve spoken about this in another article, so to summarize):
E1 Men teach, woman teach, parents teach, pastors teach. We teach each other.
E2 Thus, a dictator, someone with supreme authority who is not to be questioned but obeyed.
E3 That TYPE of woman must not teach.
B1 Pray
B2 Pray for leaders and everyone else but especially for our Christian brothers and sisters.
B3 God wants all to be saved.
B4 Jesus is the ransom paid for all humans.
B5 Men are to pray and not argue and fight.
B6 Women are not to dress seductively.
B7 A dictator type woman must not teach.

16 December 2018

Pray Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:17 MKJV Pray without ceasing.
A1 Background
B1 Acts 17:1-9 NKJV Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and [saying,] “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas. But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. “Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king–Jesus.” And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. So when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. Keathley III adds this from his commentary: Paul instructed the returning Bereans to have Silas and Timothy join him immediately at Athens (see Acts 17:15 and 1 Thess 3:1). Paul then sent Timothy back to Macedonia for the purpose of strengthening and encouraging the Thessalonian believers and to bring back a report about their faith and spiritual condition. Silas was probably sent on a similar mission to Philippi.
B2 The Thessalonian Christians were faithful. They had some questions for Paul, since he had to leave abruptly.
B3 Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians ~51 AD (CE).
C1 Dr. Daniel B. Wallace writes in his introduction to 1 Thessalonians: Not only is 1 Thessalonians found in Marcion’s canon and the Muratorian canon, but it is also quoted by name by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian. Perhaps even Polycarp alludes to it when he speaks of Paul’s letters to the Philippians.4 Further, it is found in the most ancient MSS (including the old Latin, old Syriac, and ¸46), suggesting its full acceptance from a very early period.
C2 Keathley III adds: Both 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written from Corinth during the Apostle’s eighteen-month stay in that city (cf. Acts 18:1-11). The first epistle was written during the earlier part of that period just after Timothy had returned from Thessalonica with news of the progress of the church, and the second letter was dispatched just a few weeks later (or at the most a few months). Any date assigned will have to be approximate, though probably ... AD 51-52.
B4 This is ~20 years after the ministry of the Lord Jesus. Many people would still alive who had seen, heard, been healed, be blessed, etc. By the Lord Jesus Himself.
B5 The book has not been questioned as to time of writing or author for the most part.
A2 At the end of his letter, Paul gives some instructions to the Thessalonians. These are rules for the church to follow. It was not only the congregation at Thessaloniki at that time. It is for today, too.
A3 Pray without ceasing
B1 Pray
C1 The Greek word is G4336 προσεύχομαι proseuchomai, which means to offer prayer to the gods. Of course, we know there is only one God.
C2 Prayer is talking, that is, conversing with God.
C3 We enjoy talking with our spouse, our children, our friends, and the people we work with, so why shouldn’t we enjoy talking to God.
C4 The Westminster Larger Catechism has as it first question:
Q. 1. What is the chief and highest end of man?
A. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, 1 and fully to enjoy him forever.
C5 Personally, I prefer the answer to be Man’s chief and highest end is to fellowship with God and serve Him forever.
D1 1 John 1:3 MKJV that which we have seen and heard we declare unto you, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
D2 Revelation 22:3 WEB There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will serve him.
C6 Since fellowship is important, let us pray. Praying is fellowship. We don’t to be passive or in silence. God wants us alert and fellowship with Him. 1 Corinthians 1:9 GNB God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
B2 Without ceasing
C1 The Greek word is G3114 μακροθυμέω makrothumeō, which means do not quit or interrupt.
C2 How do we do this?
C3 It is an attitude.
C4 We do this with our friends. We may not talk for awhile when working but then we say something. It is not non-stop talking; it is a readiness to converse with our God.
B3 Fellowship
C1 God does not have a need for fellowship. He enjoys it.
C2 We see this is in the Garden of Eden. We see God and Enoch walking together. We see the Lord Jesus walking with the Apostles. We need to see Him walking with us.
C3 Some verses:
D1 He wanted fellowship with the nation of Israel: Exodus 25:8 NRSV And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them.
D2 All people: Zechariah 2:10-12 NRSV Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the LORD. 11 Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 12 The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
D3 Christians: John 14:23 NRSV Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
A4 Summary
B1 1 Peter 4:7 GW The end of everything is near. Therefore, practice self-control, and keep your minds clear so that you can pray.
B2 Pray without ceasing.
B3 Will you?

13 September 2018

But Satan Hindered Us

But Satan Hindered Us

1 Thessalonians 2:18 WEL Therefore, we would have come to you, even I, Paul, over and over again, but Satan hindered us.

The context shows Satan preventing Paul and his team of evangelists from coming to Thessalonica.

Satan hinders Christians.

He will hinder us from doing God’s will, enjoying God’s peace and joy, knowing the blessings of forgiveness, and confidence in His promises.

We have the potential to be discouraged, troubled, sad, and defeated.

Because satan hinders, we must pray. Prayer should be one of the most important times for our worship whether in church with other believers or by ourself in the field.

Pray will not manipulate God, but it is our worship of thanksgiving for God’s blessings, supporting our fellow believers in trials, asking for wisdom in our everyday issues, and mentioning our sorrows.

We will be hindered, but we can pray.

So pray today for others then yourself. Life is rough.

05 September 2018

James 5

James Chapter 5

B1 The sins of the rich James 5:1-6
C1 Often trusting in money instead of God
D1 We are offered a choice, who are we going to serve, who are we going to love? Luke 16:13 WEL 13 "No household servant can serve two masters, for he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon."
D2 Money and things have their place and what we have we are to be disciplined with. Luke 16:9-12 WEL 9 "And also I say to you, ‘Make friends for yourselves by the unrighteous Mammon, so that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.' 10 "He who faithful in what is least is also faithful in much, and he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much. 11 "Therefore, if you didn't prove to be faithful with unrighteous Mammon, who will trust you with the true [riches]? 12 "If you didn't prove to be faithful in what is another's, who will give you what is your own?
E1 We are to use riches to help others in need. Our priorities.
F1 First, our spouse
F2 Second, our children
F3 The brothers and sisters of our local congregation
F4 Brothers and sisters elsewhere
F5 The unsave
E2 It is not wrong to give riches to those who are proclaiming the Gospel or other missionary work, but we are not to neglect those closer to us.
E3 If we can’t handle money, how can we handle God’s riches.
E4 We need to be faithful to what God has given/allowed us to have.
C2 Often money gotten with ungodly methods (unrighteous Mammon)
C3 Don't pay your employees
C4 Lived in pleasure instead of the fear of God and helping others
C5 Their evil treatment of the just
D1 Condemned
D2 Killed
D3 Note: "He does not resist you." Nonresistance, trusting God instead of war and revenge.
B2 Patience James 5:7-11
C1 The Christian life leads to persecution. This persecution may be spiritual (temptation), emotional, or physical. 2 Timothy 3:12 WEB  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
C2 Goal: wait for the Lord Jesus to return
C2 Example: Farmer waiting for rain and harvest
C3 While waiting,
D1 Establish your hearts James  5:8
E1 Establish means to be set fast, as in setting a posting in concrete.
E2 A dedication to God and His ways as outlined in His book—the Bible (the New Testament specifically).
D2 Don't spend time complaining about the brethren James 5:9
D3 Endure whatever comes your way
E1 As the prophets of God James 5:10
E2 Job 5:11
B3 False oaths James 5:12
C1 We must learn to tell the truth.
C2 Our "yes" must mean "yes" and our "no" mean "no".
B4 What to do in troubles/afflictions James 5:13-16
C1 Afflicted: Pray
C2 Happy: Sing psalms
C3 Sick: Call for the elders
D1 Pray
D2 Anointing
D3 Prayer
D4 Mutual confession of sins
B5 Praying James 5:17-18
C1 Effectual prayer
D1 Opposite of a dead, formal prayer
D2 Does NOT mean something is guaranteed (a prayer that God HAS to answer. There is no such thing.)
D3 Meets conditions
E1 Confessed sin (including asking forgiveness from those who we sinned against)
E2 Treating wife right (according to what the Bible says is the right way)
E3 Praying in faith (God can answer this prayer)
E4 Leaving the results to God
E5 Content to wait
E6 Not trying to manipulating God (which cannot be done)
C2 Waiting for God's answer
B6 What to do with those who err from the truth James 5:19-20
C1 Point it out
D1 In gentleness
D2 In truth
D3 Remembering that we too are sinners
C2 It's blessing
D1 Save a soul from death. Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
D2 Hide a multitude of sins
E1 Comment: they will be forgiven, hidden under the blood of the Lord Jesus
E2 We must preach and live the Gospel for everyone faces 2 deaths—physical and spiritual. The final death is conscious suffering in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8 WEB  But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
E3 Messiah Jesus is the ONLY savior.
F1 2 Peter 2:9 NRSV  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
F2 Acts 4:12 WEB  There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!
Our strength, our life, our hope is In Christ Alone

29 August 2018

James 4

B1 James 4:1-10 An illustration of worldly attitude in believers
C1 Marks of worldliness
D1 Arguments and fights
E1 Due to evil attitudes
E2 Due to lust
D2 The lust leads to murder. J. Warner Wallace has written that murder is from only 3 causes—financial greed, sexual lust, and/or desire for power (control). (One source of many).
D3 Covetousness: wanting what is pleasurable to us.
D4 Impure motives in prayer
E1 Our motive can be to glorify God
F1 This is good
F2 1 Corinthians 10:31 WPNT Therefore, whether you eat or you drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
F3 It benefits others as a witness and testimony for the Gospel. Matthew 5:16 NRSV In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
F4 Moses is one example among many of putting God first: Hebrews 11:24-25 NRSV By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
E2 Our motive can be to glorify us
F1 Is following demonic desires. James 3:14-16 WPNT But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth— such ‘wisdom’ is not coming down from Above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. Because where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is unruliness and every foul practice.
F2 Yields no good fruit: Luke 8:14 MKJV And those which fell among thorns are the ones who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of life, and do not bear to maturity.
F3 Life is not a joke; it is to be serious: Ecclesiastes 7:4 MKJV The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of laughter. People need to laugh and enjoy each other, but if a person’s life is only for selfish pleasure, that person is a fool.
F4 There is no satisfaction with things: Ecclesiastes 5:10 HCSB The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.
F5 There is only satisfaction in God: Philippians 4:19-20 NRSV And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
D5 Friend of the world
E1 This would be a friend of the world’s thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
E2 It is of the devil. John 8:44 "You are of [your] father, the devil, and you want to do the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he tells [it] from himself, because he is a liar and the father of it.
E3 We were delivered from this, when we believed and put our trust into Messiah Jesus. Romans 5:10 NKJV For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Are we going to become an ENEMY of God again?
E4 The grief of Christians when one turns from God’s ways: Philippians 3:17-19 NKJV Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
C2 The cure is to have thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that align with the desires of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:16-17 NRSV Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.
D1 Living by the Spirit is not listening to some disembodied voice, a burning in your bosom, or a tingling in your leg.
D2 Do not follow your heart, because Jeremiah 17:9 WEB The heart is deceitful above all things and it is exceedingly corrupt. Who can know it?
D3 A true believer will want to live life God’s way.
D4 Humility before God
E1 Why does God hate pride? Pride proclaims itself. Pride believes it is good, when it is evil. It is the opposite of God’s character and His ways.
E2 Proverbs 16:5 NASB Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
E3 1 John 2:16 NLT - For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
E4 God exalts. Our pride condemns and is debased. James 4:10 NLT - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
D5 Resisting the devil
E1 The word resist in Greek is different in verse 6 from verse 7.
E2 In James 4:6, God is arranged in battle against the proud. He resists. All know that God always wins.
E3 In James 4:7, is also stand against but it is not to fight. It is God’s grace that helps us. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
D6 Drawing near to God
E1 This is an active drawing, not passive. Many wish for the so called deeper life of contemplation, but contemplation is passive. God wants us to be active, or we will be devoured and deceived.
F1 1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
F2 Matthew 24:42-44 GW Therefore, be alert, because you don't know on what day your Lord will return. 43 You realize that if a homeowner had known at what time of the night a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. He would not have let the thief break into his house. 44 Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.
B2 Judging James 4:11-12
C1 Unrighteous judgment is to judge by appearance, and then to slander them.
C2 Righteous judgment is to judge by the book—the Bible
D1 False doctrine
D2 Sin
B3 In God's will James 4:13-17 An example of pride
C1 We must be aware that God controls the future. We must have the attitude in prayer, “God your will be done.”
C2 Shows submission and acceptance of God's will
C3 A warning and definition of sin: James 4:17 NLT - Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
B4 Applications
C1 God disapproves of pride. God approves of humbleness.
C2 We can serve God and His ways, or we serve the devil and his ways.
C3 God gives the grace to resist the devil. We have the armor of God to help us.
C4 Be careful what we say and think.
C5 Accept God’s will.