Am I seeking God’s will?
We’ve Spent 2 Days,
- LOOKING at James 4:13-17 to correctly see what God says.
- Learning how to use GODcha.
- Becoming familiar with some of the different skills to help us correctly see what God says.
Today, we want to Wrap it Up!
- Review all we have LEARNED in these verses.
- Summarize Chapter 4.
- LIVE it out! Apply it to our lives.
Open GODcha to the Book of James.
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Do You Remember Why James Wrote This Letter?
You should know this by now.
If not it’s a touch away in GODcha’s OVERVIEW.
Take Time to Prepare Your Heart in Prayer
LORD, we would ask that if there is anything we have done that is displeasing to You, that would hinder us from hearing Your voice today, please show us, and help us to deal with it. As we come to Your Word today, may You shut out all the noise and help us to focus on all that You have taught and revealed to us. May we grasp and understand everything, and may we live in the light of what You are teaching us. Thank You!
LOOK at What God Says
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Let’s take all that God has taught us this far and connect the dots to bring it all together.
First, Put Everything in CONTEXT
To refresh your mind and put everything into CONTEXT what will you do?
Read God’s Word
Read James Chapters 1,2,3, and 4:1-10 asking the 5W’s and H.
Let’s Rehearse the CONTEXT Thus Far
Genuine Saving faith is seen in how we respond to:
The Word of God;
To Those in Need – Fulfilling the Royal Law, Not Showing Partiality.
True Genuine Faith is Seen:
In our speech and righteous works reflecting God’s wisdom.
In our separation from the world, reflecting that we are not an enemy of God.
In humbling ones’ self before God to receive His grace.
In not judging another!
Read James 4:11-17 once again with a questioning mindset.
Now Let’s Wrap Up:
The Sin of Slander, and
Making Plans Apart From God
Open the Deeper Discovery
Let’s View GODcha’s
15. What do you understand about the next test, as you look at, Come now, you say?
What do you learn about one’s life, the Lord’s will, and what we ought to say, CR? v13-17)
Try to Answer on your own.
And then we will Answer together.
What Have We LEARNED
It is arrogant to say — to make plans apart from God.
Because we do not know what tomorrow will bring, our future is uncertain.
We are NOT in control of our lives.
God is in control, and His will is Supreme which shapes everything in our lives.
It is right to put God and His will 1st when making plans.
To know this and not do it is a sin.
Now, bring James’ purpose into this.
James is concerned that his readers understand genuine faith.
Those with true faith are doers of the Word. They obey what God says!
It would seem that those who continuously slander and disregard God in making their plans are those with a ‘dead faith’.
To hear these Truths may turn one from the error of their ways, and save their soul from death.
Oh, you did fantastic!
Once again, do you realize –
Nobody told you what the text says or means;
Nobody told you what to believe or think;
You didn’t guess or come up with speculations to answer the questions.
You LOOKED at what God said, and discovered what He means.
You Discovered Truth for Yourself!
Oh, are you hungry for more? I am and hope you are too!
Let’s View GODcha’s
#15 LIVE Questions
Engage With God
DO NOT SKIP THIS!
It will all have been a waste of time if you don’t hear and respond to God.
15. Am I living my life by doing the Lord’s will?
a. What do I say regarding my plans?
b. Why do I make plans apart from the Lord?
c. Do I boast? Why? What do I boast about?
d. Do I know the right thing to do, yet do not do it?
e. How can I/or do I seek the Lord’s will? How does He reveal it to me? Do I do it?
Respond to God . . .LIVE it out!
Oh my goodness,
Have you had eyes to see?
Ears to hear?
Has the Spirit convicted you in any way?
Okay, One Last Thing to Do
To Wrap Up Chapter 4, GODcha directs us to Summarize the Chapter.
Come on, you know how to do this.
When you go through this process, thinking and reasoning God’s Truths, then God is able to seal Truth into your memory!
Try it on your own before you go any further. I will help you after you give it a shot! You can do this! I know you can!
Okay, let’s see how you did.
We determined the main points are:
v1-10 Pride is behind Conflicts and Worldliness.
Conflicts with others, within, and with God.
Love of the world causes conflicts.
Such ones are Adulteresses – enemies of God.
God is opposed to the proud
Humble yourself before God
v11-12 Pride is behind Slandering Others.
The command is Do NOT Speak Against another
God is The Only Lawgiver and Judge who Will Judge
v13-17 Pride Boasts About Tomorrow
Do NOT Make Plans Apart From God
To know the right thing to do and not do it is sin.
Now, THINK to Summarize.
What is the heart issue in all the paragraphs?
What is the solution to the heart issue?
Can you whittle the solution down to 4-6 words?
DO NOT Paraphrase! Use the Words God uses.
How Would You Summarize Chapter 4?
What about: Humble Yourself Before God
Humility is the cure for conflicts, worldliness, slander and making plans apart from God.
Awesome, you all!
I am so proud of you, and
I sincerely thank you for staying with us on this journey!
We took it slow purposely to show you how much you can discover if you are willing. I thank God you have been willing!
Are you amazed at how READING and re-reading helped bury God’s Word into your heads and hearts?
Are you amazed at what you have LEARNED and the intimate encounters you have had with your Lord?
Do you see more and more the importance of knowing God’s Word?
Do you realize, you have been disciplined to show yourselves approved unto God, (2Ti 2:15)?
I pray you will urge others to join in this discovery and do the same!
Chapter 4 is a Wrap!
Meditate on everything God is teaching you. “For the one who meditates on God’s Word is blessed,” (Psalm 1:1-2).
What have you learned about yourself?
Is there some action God is requiring of you?
Do you need to confess and repent?
Put this Review and Summary in Your Notes
If you will take the time to put this Review in your Notes you can return to it anytime and anywhere.
You will be so glad you did.
If short on time, copy and paste into your Notes.
Turn What We Have Learned Into Prayer
Perhaps. . .
GRACIOUS FATHER IN HEAVEN, we praise You and thank You that You are indeed Sovereign over our lives, over every circumstance that comes our way. We thank you for this portion of Scripture that is gently rebuking every single one of us. Father we come humbly before You, for we have sinned against You, as we see the outward signs of pride, and know we stand guilty before You! May your Word to us in this Chapter purify our minds so we will seek to obey all that You are commanding us. Oh, cleanse our hearts, to love You 1st and foremost. Do everything You need to do to wipe away any and all pride that is within us. Forgive us for any discord we have caused within the church family! Forgive us for any careless, critical accusations we have made against others! And forgive us for the many times we have made plans that left You out! We submit to You, the One True God, desiring to seek Your will, obey Your commands and follow Your leadership. May we live our lives for Your glory, to the praise of Christ, in whose name we pray! Amen!
Rest tomorrow and worship God!
Meet you in a couple of days to begin LOOKING @ James Chapter 5.
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