LIFe with God: January 31

Posted on January 31, 2011

Scripture

James 5 (NET)

(1)  Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.  (2)  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.  (3)  Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.  (4)  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.  (5)  You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.  (6)  You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.  (7)  Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  (8)  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.  (9)  Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!  (10)  Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  (11)  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.  (12)  Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.  (13)  Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.  (14)  Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  (15)  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  (16)  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  (17)  Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  (18)  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.  (19)  My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,  (20)  remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Observation

How can we be patient in an evil world? How should we deal with trouble and sickness?

Application

Am I a grumbler, or am I patiently awaiting the Lord’s return? How do I respond to trouble and sickness: with complaining, or with prayer?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Heavenly Father, Help me to be patient, even when corrupt and powerful people flourish, knowing that the return of Christ is near and He will deliver those who are His. Let me never place my trust in worldly wealth, but in You alone. Keep me from grumbling against my brothers and sisters. Help me to follow the example of those who have gone before and persevered, believing that You are full of compassion and mercy and You will fulfill Your promise. May my “yes” be “yes” and my “no” be “no”. If I am in trouble or sick, remind me to come to You in prayer and ask those in my church to pray for me. In happy times, may I give You the glory and thanks and sing praises to You. And give me a heart that desires to see the lost saved, the prodigal come home, and the faithful remain so.  I pray these things in the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brian & Eileen Davis

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for teens and young adults (middle school through college age) in our community

  • For Godly influences and teachers
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • That they would turn to God to fill every need, not to addictive substances and behaviors
  • Respect for parents and other authority

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28 (NET)

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