Rich or poor, how are my trials humbling me?
We summed up James 1:5-8.
Can you remember what we need when we go through trials, and what we are to do?
If you don’t remember, STOP and refresh your memory.
We want to peel back the layers of the next paragraph, James 1:9-11.
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As We Come Into the Presence of God,
Oh Lord, this time with You is precious, and we desire to hear what You have to say to us. Please help us not be distracted, and give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your Words to us. Help us to grasp what You mean, and live accordingly. Thank you.
Before we unfold verses 9-11, it would be good to consider the CONTEXT.
The CONTEXT is with respect to when:
we encounter trials,
we need wisdom,
and we either have faith,
or we doubt!
Now, LOOK at What God Says
Let GODcha guide you in your discovery.
How will you get under way?
Are you tired of me asking this?
Well then let me ask you,
Are you prone to run to God and read His Word?
Or, do you skip God’s Word and run to man’s commentary?
Why do we run to man, when God has a library full of books?
66 in fact!
I want to help you see how exciting it is to have your own personal encounter with your Creator, and let Him show you Truth!
READ God’s Word
Try reading most of the next paragraph, James 1:9-11, with the questioning mindset.
Remember, God is speaking!
After you give it a try, I will help you, but try reading these verses on your own first!
How’d you do?
Let’s give it a try together!
Let the brother
of humble circumstances
is to do WHAT?
is to glory (boast, rejoice)
glory in WHAT?
in his high position;
(Do you wonder about his high position?)
the rich man
(Do you see what the brother of humble circumstances is contrasted with?)
is to WHAT?
is to glory
glory in WHAT?
in his humiliation,
(Do you wonder why the rich is going through humiliation?)
WHY glory in his humiliation?
because like flowering grass
he will WHAT?
he will pass away.
(What is the rich man compared to?)
v11 WHY does the flowering grass pass away?
for the sun rises
with a scorching wind
withers the grass;
WHAT else happens?
the flower falls off
WHAT is the result?
the beauty of its appearance
So too WHO?
So too the rich man
when in the midst
of his pursuits
WHAT will happen?
he will fade away.
Let’s Stop a Minute.
LEARN to THINK and REASON what you read.
What have you seen from just reading these verses this way?
What should you reflect on?
Did you see the contrast and comparison?
THINK: What point is James trying to make?
Let’s Wind Down!
Grab hold of what you just read about the rich man and the brother of humble circumstances.
Why don’t you practice reading and re-reading these verses with the questioning mindset?
Watch how God buries these verses deep down in your heart, and you’ll have them memorized without even trying to memorize them.
Journal Your Discovery in Your Notes
I would encourage you to put what you have LEARNED from the Definitions and Cross References not only in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:9-11.
Truly, if you don’t do it now, you won’t.
OH GRACIOUS FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, thank you for Your holy Word, that is a sure Word. We praise You for our time with You today. As we begin to hear Your voice in these verses today, let them soak in down deep. May You help us see Your heart and mind regarding those of humble circumstances or those who are rich. Give us eyes and ears that see, hear and understand what those on either side are to do and why. We ask this in our blessed Savior’s name. Amen!
We hope you know how valuable and special you are to God! And to us!
We are praying for you as you continue discovering Truth!
Rest tomorrow and worship God!
Meet you in a couple of days: to unpack James 1:9-12.
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