What is my heart towards my money and stuff?

Yesterday

We took a stab at LOOKING at James 5:1-6 on our own.

Today

We will begin to read James 5:1-6 together to understand James’ warning to the rich.

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Let’s Pray

Oh Lord, we pray that whoever we are, and wherever we are coming from, that You will meet us right where we are at, and help us hear and see Your Word clearly. Help us to understand and receive what You are saying to us. Thank you!

 

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Begin LOOKING by READING

Let’s read James 5:1-6 together, asking the 5W’s and H questions.

 

WHAT?

1 Come now,

WHO?

you rich,

 WHAT?

weep

and

WHAT?

howl

WHY?

FOR WHAT?

for your miseries

which WHAT?

which are coming

WHERE?

       upon you.

2 WHOSE WHAT?

Your riches

  WHAT?

   have rotted

and

  WHOSE WHAT?

your garments

  WHAT?

   have become moth-eaten.

3 WHOSE WHAT?

Your gold

and

   WHOSE WHAT?

your silver

WHAT?

     have rusted;

and

WHAT?

their (the gold and silver)

   rust

         WHAT?

         will be a witness

against WHO?

against you

 

and

         WHAT?

          will consume

       WHAT?

     your flesh

like WHAT?

like fire.

(Did you note the comparison?)

WHEN?

It is in the last days

WHO? 

that you

     WHAT?

have stored up

WHOSE WHAT?

your treasure!

4 WHAT?

Behold,

the pay

   of WHO?

   of the laborers

WHO WHAT?

who mowed your fields,

and

WHAT?

(the pay)

WHAT?

which has been withheld

by WHO?

by you,

WHAT?

cries out

against WHO?

                        against you;

and

WHAT?

the outcry

OF WHO?

        of those who

    WHAT?

     did the harvesting

WHAT?

 has reached

WHAT?

the ears

of WHO?

of the Lord

of WHAT?

of Sabaoth.

5 WHO?

You

     WHAT?

      have lived

HOW?

    luxuriously

WHERE?

    on the earth

and

WHAT?

led a life

OF WHAT?

of wanton pleasure;

WHO?

you

WHAT?

have fattened your hearts

WHEN?

in a day of slaughter.

6 WHO?

You

WHAT?

have condemned

and

WHAT?

put to death

WHO?

   the righteous man;

WHO?

        he (the righteous man)

WHAT?

does not resist you.

Fantastic!

We slowed downand

We could clearly see ‘WHAT GOD IS SAYING.

 

Now Let’s Keep LOOKING and REASONING About What We Just Read, and Let It Sink In!

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Who are the rich that James is addressing?

 

Some say this is those on the outside of the church.

While others say it is those on the inside of the church.

THINK: Why would James to be giving this kind of message to outsiders who aren’t there to listen to the letter? 

REASON: He is not addressing these people in 3rd person which would be ‘them‘ instead of ‘you’ which is in 2nd person and is seen 16X in these 6 verses.

Understand: There would be no reason to think this is not to those inside the church

 

What is the problem?

The rich trusted in their riches instead of God.

Understand: Money gives us the illusion of security and significance that can only be found in God, thru Jesus!

LISTEN…

 

Is this where I am at?

Am I trusting in my riches?  Or, God?

Where do I find my deepest source of security and significance?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

Let’s LOOK at ‘you rich’ who obviously are key to this passage.

Check out the meaning.

Rich, ploúsiosabounding with: wealthy.

Richesploútos; possessions. (I) Material goods (Matt. 13:22, “the deceitfulness of riches”; Mark 4:19; Luke 8:14; 1 Tim. 6:17; James 5:2;

 

THINK and REASON for a minute.

You might think, ‘this doesn’t apply to me, I don’t have money’.

But. . .

Let’s consider what it means to be rich?

“At Globalrichlist.com you can enter your annual salary to see where you fall in alignment with the world.

Get this, if you make $1,100 a year, you are wealthier than 1/2 the world!” Adam Sinnett

 

UnderstandAny and all are rich who have more than what they need.

 

STOP For a Minute!  

Why does God give us more than we need?

1. How does a person become rich

a. Deut 18:18

b. Pro 10:22

It is the Lord who makes one rich(Deut 18:18); (Pro 10:22)

Understand: We all have some kind of wealth. Some less, some more — that is all planned and determined by God. But it is all a gift from God.

 

2. But what can riches do?

a. Mat 13:18-23

In the parable of the soils, the 3rd soil, the thorny soil, represents one who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and make us unfruitful. (Mat 13:18-23)

Wealth means mammon, the comprehensive word for all kinds of possessions, earnings, and gains, a designation of material value, the god of materialism.

LISTEN…

 

How and why have my possessions, earnings and gains, choked out the word of God? 

 

b. 1Ti 6:6-10

When one’s heart is perverted and the love of money controls them,

they fall onto temptation and a snare,

and it leads, to all kinds of evil 

plunging them into ruin and destruction,

and judgment, the judgment by God.(1Ti 6:6-10)

THINK: How do we know if we love money?

LISTEN…

 

Do I love money?

Do I seek to make money, or, do a good job?

Do I think I never have enough?

Do I flaunt it, and what it provides?

Do I resent giving it?

Do I sin to obtain it?

Respond to God. . .LIVE it out!

 

3. What are riches for?

How should we be using our money?

a. 1Ti 5:8

Provide for the needs of our family. (1Ti 5:8)

b. Luk 6:38; 1Co 16:2

Give to advance the Kingdom. (Luk 6:38); (1Co 16:2)

c. Luk 16:9

Give to win others to Christ. (Luk 16:9)

d. 1Jo 3:17-18; Gal 2:10

Give to those in need. (1Jo 3:17-18 ); (Gal 2:10)

e. Gal 6:6

Support those in ministry and those who teach you. (Gal 6:6)

LISTEN…

 

How do I use my money? 

Do I support those in ministry and give to those who teach me God’s Word?

Do I give for God’s kingdom purposes, to win others to Christ?  

Do I give to those in need?

 

Take a Breath!

Ponder what God has warned us about!

 

Have a heart to heart with God, your Creator!

He loves you and desires you, and I, to not just know about Him but to truly know Him.

And to understand His will and ways!

 

Keep Your Discovery

Copy and paste what we LEARNED in your notes.

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Turn What We LEARNED into a Prayer 

Perhaps. . .

GRACIOUS FATHER IN HEAVEN, FATHER OF LIGHTS, who gives every good thing and every perfect gift to each of us! YOU HAVE GIVEN TO EACH ONE OF US GENEROUSLY! Oh, we bow before You and acknowledge that everything we have is Yours, a gift from You! We are all rich, because You have made us so! We all have been blessed by You with so much more than we need! I ask Father that You open our eyes to our hearts with regards to riches – money and stuff! I so pray we would be honest before You, confessing and repenting if we have fallen into the snare of loving money and things more than You, Forgive us if we have been deceived by wealth letting it choke Your Word from our hearts, making us unfruitful! Change our hearts oh God! Please help us to bow before You, surrendering it all, to use the way You have commanded and desire! We ask this in your name sweet Jesus! Amen!

Next: We will LOOK at what else the rich were doing.

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