Aug 23, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 13 | James 4

30 for 30 Day 13 | James 4

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on James 4

Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  2 You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have, because you do not ask God.  3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  5 Or do you think Scripture say without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?  6 But he gives us more grace.  That is why Scripture says:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  7 Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  9 Grieve, mourn and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

11 Brothers, do not slander one another.  Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it.  When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it.  12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.  But you-who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  16 As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil.  17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

 

Questions:

Is there a Lesson to be learned?

One verse that jumped out to me personally was verse 9.  “Change your laughter in to mourning and your joy to gloom.”  I pray nightly to allow what pains our Lord Jesus to pain me.  Since I have started praying this prayer, I have taken noticed that many things that I didn’t even raise an ear to in the past really bother me these days.  One example of this is the movie, The Matrix.  This was one of my all time favorite movies.  My nephews were over to visit for a sleep over a few weeks ago and I was shocked that they had never seen it.  That night I popped it in and as we began to watch, it shocked me how many times the Lord’s name was taken in vain.  GD’s were flying around like it was an adjective.  Every time it was said it felt like an electric shock shot through my body.  I guess my prayers are becoming a reality.

Verses 13-17 talks about boasting about the future.  These verses speak to something I personally have been thinking about.  Why do I save in my 401k?  What do I save for a rainy day?  Do I not believe God will take care of me and provide for me everything I need when the time of need comes?  Wouldn’t my money be better used elsewhere?  Building orphanages, feeding the hungry, helping my fellow brothers in need?  This thinking challenges everything I was taught.  But that is just it, I was taught this type of thinking.  I believe it is time to unlearn some worldly best practices and start listening to the Holy Spirit burning within me.

Is there Sin to confess?

 I am definitely guilty sinning against what is taught in verses 1-3 and 13-17.

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

If you honestly ask God for something with a pure heart and good intentions you will receive. 


As always, would love to hear your thoughts . . . Leave a Comment

 

  1. Great post! I was actually just have a similar conversation with a family member this evening. Our thoughts (and too often prayers) are more often than not focussed on ourselves. How many times do we use I, me, mine, etc. I am feeling the sense that God is calling me to trust Him more…and by more I feel like He is breaking down the walls that have been built up over the years in my life. What does it really mean to love our neighbor as we love ourselves?

    What do I really have to ask for? If I were all of a sudden handed $1 million, what would I do with it? Would I demonstrate a love for this world by purchasing the bigger and better things that my flesh desires, or would I deomonstrate a love for God that would surrender it all to His purposes? Surrender…what a word!

    Thanks for the brief focus on such a great passage.

  2. There are many things we have to unlearn in order to "defriend" the world. I agree and have also noticed that there are many things in worldly culture that have escaped our eyes and offend God. I pray that this site may open the eyes of those who have "friended" the world.

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