Yesterday

We answered GODcha’s 1st LEARN/LIVE Question.

Today

We want to HEAR God Speak and answer GODcha’s 2nd LEARN/LIVE Question.

Open GODcha to the Book of James. 

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Let’s Ask For Help

Lord, thank you for this book, for this first verse. Remove anything that would get in the way of us hearing You speak today! May we have ears to hear and eyes to see! Meet us in this time as only You can! Thank you.

 

Let’s Pick Up Where We Left Off Yesterday 

LOOK at James 1:1

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GODcha’s 2nd LEARN/LIVE Question

2. From Ch 1, how does James, the leader of the church, the half brother of Jesus introduce himself? (v1)

 

To Answer

What Have We LEARNED

Let’s Sum It Up! 

We LEARNED:

James,

a devout Jew,

the half brother of Jesus,

who did not believe until the Lord’s resurrection,

introduced himself as a bond-servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The Lord is always speaking. . .

Let’s THINK and Review What We Have LEARNED

And Hear His Voice

 

1We LEARNED

 

James was a devout Jew,

but DID NOT believe that Jesus, his brother, was who He said He was.

James understood and knew full well what dead faith was!

LISTEN. . .

What might the Spirit be saying?  

As I consider James:

Am I  full of unbelief, NOT believing Jesus is who He says He is? 

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

2We LEARNED

 

James, the unbelieving brother of Jesus, came to true saving faith, convinced that his brother, Jesus, is the Christ!

Now, introducing himself as a bond-servant of God and Jesus.

LISTEN. . .

 

Have I come to true saving faith?

Am I convinced Jesus is the Christ?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

3We LEARNED

 

James must have changed,

because he was given the leadership role in the church.

LISTEN. . .

 

How has my belief changed me?

What role has God given me in His church?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

4We LEARNED

 

James introducing himself as a bond-servant means:

James was a Slave.

God and Jesus were his Master.

James was a Servant.

Denied himself;

Devoted to Christ;

Followed and lived for Christ.

James was Submissive.

Willing to obey and do God’s will from the heart.

LISTEN. . .

 

Have I made a choice out of love for all God has done for me to be: a slave, a servant, and submissive? 

How am I serving God and Jesus?  

What must I do to deny myself and follow Jesus?

How is my devotion to God and Jesus seen?

Who am I living for? God, OR me, myself, and I?

Have I come to a place where I am willing – sold out to do the will of God

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

5We LEARNED

 

Everything in the book points back to the purpose being a doer of the Word.

THINK: How all these characteristics show that James is living his faith as a doer of the Word.

LISTEN. . .

 

How am I living my faith?

Am I a doer of the Word?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

6We LEARNED

 

James introduction is about being a servant.

THINK: James doesn’t proudly say:

“Hey, I am the brother of Jesus, the Messiah,”

Or

“Greetings, I’m Dr. James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem.”

LISTEN. . .

 

How do I introduce myself?

Is title important to me?

Do I desperately want and need to be recognized?

Do I flaunt who I am, what I do, and/or what I’ve done?

Am I a name dropper?

Or, am I just okay with being known as a servant?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!

 

GODcha’s #2 LIVE Question

Am I a bond-servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ?             

 

Our Day Has Come to an End

THINK: What a blessing and privilege to to be a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect Masters, who:

love us, (Joh 3:16);

make us sons and daughters, (Gal 3:26)

provide for our every need, (Phil 4:9);

protect us, (2Th 3:3);

and will never leave us or forsake us, (Heb 13:5).

 

Did you ever imagine you could learn so much from 1 little verse?

There is so much to digest, isn’t there?

 

Meditate on all the Lord has taught you, for it pleases Him. Be glad in Him, (Psa 104:34).

What have you learned about yourself?

Is there some action God is requiring of you?

Do you need to confess and repent?

 

NOTE Your Discovery!

I would encourage you to put this Review in your Notes.

To help you remember,

Just memorize the 3 S’s for bond-servant,

And the Holy Spirit will bring all that entails to your recall!

Also enter the personal things God has touched you with. 

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Take What We’ve LEARNED and Turn It Into a Prayer.

Perhaps…

OH HEAVENLY FATHER, AND BLESSED LORD JESUS, OUR MASTERS, and HOLY SPIRIT – GOD in three persons, we praise You! Thank you so much for Your Holy Word. Oh, Father our hearts are filled with gratitude for all You have done for us. Nobody can love us as You have, sending Your one and only Son to purchase us and set us free from sin. You have loved us, provided for us, been kind to us, and helped us. Oh, sweet Jesus You humbled Yourself, becoming a servant, unto death on the cross for us. Oh, why wouldn’t we want to be bound to You as Your slave? Thank you for James, who turned from unbelief to true saving faith, becoming Your bond-servant. May these wonderful truths about being Your bond-servant stir us and sink down deep into our hearts and minds. Change our hearts oh God! Give us faithful, devoted hearts. May You give us the strength to deny ourselves daily, hourly, moment by moment. May You give us such a love for You and Christ that we will be wholly devoted to You with our lives, our time and our resources. Show all of us how to live for You and not ourselves. Show each one of us what our role is in the church, and how we can better serve You! Oh Father, we ask all these things in Jesus name, whose name is above all names! Amen!

 

That’s it for today! You’re off to a fantastic start! Thank you for joining in this discovery of the book of James.

 

Rest tomorrow and worship God!

May you consider what a privilege to be bond-servant of the Lord.

Meet you in a couple of days to unpack James 1:2-4 – True Faith Endures Trials

 

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