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Rev. Dana Walker born in Anchorage, Alaska on a military base is an ordained minister, pastor, evangelist, and published author for forty-three years. He now lives in Jamestown, TN with his wife, Dorcas. They have two children: Dawn Moore, and Dwight Walker along with four grandchildren.
Outlines from James
# 1: Facing Temptation
Jamestown 1:1-4, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad , greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when fall into diverse temptations,: knowing this, that the trying of your faith worker patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Introduction1.- The author of this letter. James 1:1a, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. – A.- Possibly the brother of Jesus.-M – 13:55, “Is not is the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Jose’s, and Simon, and Judas?” – Galatians 1:19, “But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.” – B.- An acquaintance by experience.OK “Shen James denominates himself a ‘servant’ (slave) of God and of Christ he wants his readers to consider him as one who wholly belongs to God and to Christ, yea, one whose whole will wholly subservient to their will, who never questions it, never deviates from it.” (Lenski) – 2.- The aim of this letter. James 1:1b, “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,” – “It is expressed to purely Jewish Christians exclusively and speaks of the moral life which these Jewish Christians should lead in the midst of the unconverted Jews with whom they associated in the various cities in which they lived. (Lenski) – Galatians 3:7, “Know ye therefore tha,t they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” “All we believers have s interest in the Epistles treasured: even though it does not refer to us, it does apply to us.” (Guy King ) – “He is as a Christian Jew writing to Jewish Christians only in order to admonish them concerning their life as Christians.” (Lenski) – Romans 2:28-29,”For the is not a Jew, which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
1. The Proper Attitude in Facing Temptation – James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when he fall into divers temptations.” – Joy – prospective – Temtqtations – A putting of proof by experiment, experience of evil solicitations, discipline or provocation: by implication, adversity. (Strong’s Concordance) Trials. Fall into – The expression suggests an unlooked for concurrenceof adverse circumstances” (P. H. C.) – 1Peter 4:12-14, “Behold, think it not strange concerning the firey trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of but your part he is glorified.” -Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad,.for great is your forward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Daniel 3:16-18, “Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. if so be, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning firey furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand O king . But if not, be known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy God’s, nor worship the golden image.which thou hast set up.”
II. The Prospective Accomplishment of Temptation – James 1:3, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – 1Peter 1:3-7, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a seasion,.if need be, ye are in heaviness, through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith; and being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” – Colossians 1:23, “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.”
III. The Perfect After Effect of Temptation – James 1:4, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
1-The artful work of constant consistency. – James1:4a, “But let patience have her perfect work,” – A.-Pauls example if keeping this exhortation. – Acts 20:22-24, “And now, behold, I go bound in the Spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me. Neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” – 2Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction which is for but a moment, society for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” – John15:1-2, “I am the true vine and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he surgery it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” – Hebrews 12:11, “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” – 2.- The advantage of constant consistency. – James 1:4b, “that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.” – Zechariah 13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried.” – Job 23:10, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth.as gold. – 1Peter 5:10, “But the God of all grace; who called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
# 2: Praying Successfully
James 1:5-7, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind And tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. Learning to get a hold of God and her an answer is much like learning to walk, it soon becomes natural. There be made too much of prayer, it is the source or the supplying or all needs of every kind that we may need. – Hebrews 4:14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest,that is passed unto the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
I – Promised Super handedness .- James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom , let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally; and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – 1.- The sure need. “If any of you lack wisdom.” – Job 8:9, “For we are but or yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.” – 2.- The Source noted. “Let him ask of God.” – Psalm 86:15, “But thou, O Lord art a God full of crap, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” – Psalm111:4, “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.” – Psalm 114:8, “TheLORDis gracious; and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.”
3.- The substantial nourishment. – Matthew 7:7, ,”Ask, and it shall be given you.” – John 14:13-14, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If he shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” – John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” – “John 16+23, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
4.- No scolding nuisance. “and upbraideth not.” – Lamentations 3:22, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because hi Compassion’s fail not.” – Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”o
5.- A sure notation. – “And it shall be given him.” – job 22:8, “But there is q spirit in man: and the inspiration for the Almighty giveth them understanding.” – Ecclesiastes 2:26, “For aGod giveth Roma man that is good in his sight: wisdom, and knowledge and joy.” – Isaiah 50:4, “The LORD GOD hath given me tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he saith morning by morning, he said meth mine ear to hear as the learned.”
II – Progress by Steadiness. – James 1:6a, “But let ask in faith, nothing wavering.”
1. – Necessary Sentiment “But him ask in faith.”Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that he receive them, an ye shall have them.” 2. – Necessary stability. ” anding wavering.” Romans 4:19-21, “And being not weak in faith he considered not his own body now dead, when he was aboot an lihundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah”s womb: he staggered not at the promiste of God through unbeleif; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God . And being fully persursuaded that , that what he had promisesd, he was able also to perform.”III – Proregress stunted – James 1:6b-7, “Fotr he td hihat wavth isavereth is liketh a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” 1- A nondescript situation. “For he that wavereth is like a wave of thee sea driven with the wind andan tosseth to God.”. 2 – A negative seniment.“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Word.” Hebrews 111:16, “But without faith faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.&
Conclusion: Luke 18:1-8, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray,mand not to faint: Saying, there was in a certain city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city;and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will Avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect which cry day and night unto him., Though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will Avenge him in. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faitih on the earth.
# 3: A Case for a Humble Disposition
James 1:8-11, “A double minded man is is unstable!I all nhis ways. Le the brother of low degree rejoice that he is exalted; But the rich in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pa sway I. His ss away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning.hewt but it another why the grass and the flower thereof gallery, and the grace of the fashion of it permanent: so also small the rich man fade away.”
INTRODUCTION:- James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” – A-An honorable declaration. Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.. ye cannot serve God and Mamman.” 2Corinthians 10:21-22,”Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord; and the cup of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?” B.- A halting dec isiveness. – 1Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two ntopinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answg putered hiim sayingnot a word.” Hoseam10:2, “There heart is divided , now ahall they be found faulty.”Lue 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man haviing put his hand to the plough, and looking g baxk, is fit for the kingingdom of God.”
1.-An Honorable Happy Disposition James 1:9, “Let the brother of low degee rejoice in that he is exalted. 1.- Be happy with humble discretion. Deuteronomy 12:7, “And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee.” Deuteronomy 16:11-12, “And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant,nand the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.” Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven”
2.- Be happy with honorable deference. Luke 12:48, “For unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they shall ask the more.
3.- Be happy with a healthy denial of self. Luke 12:16-21, “And he spake a parable unto them , saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will info: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will way to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid many years; take things ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou cool, this might thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So! is he that later up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
II. A Happy Humble Disposition. James 1:10, “But the rich in that he is made low: because as the flower or the grass he shall pass away.”
1.- The humble disposition. Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” 1Peter 5:5, “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resister the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I into the world.”
2.- The hope! or death. Psalm 49:10-14, “For he death that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless man being in honor anxiety not: he is like the beasts that perish. This their way is their folly; yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed in them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.” 1Ti Tony 6:7, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
III. The Happenstance of Death. James 1:11, “For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withered the grass, and the flower thereof gallery, and the grace of the fashion of it : so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.”. 1Peter 1:24, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withered, and the flower thereof gallery away.”. Psalm 89:48, “What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.”. Ecclesiastes 3:20, “All go unto one place; all are or the dust, and all turn to dust again.”
Conclusion: “We should rejoice in anything by which it can be shown whether we are prepared for heaven or not.” (Barnes)
# 4: The Source of Temptation
James 1:12-16, “Blessed is the man that ensures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither remotely he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
INTRODUCTION – James 1:12a, “Blessed is the man that ensureth temptation:” 1-1Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”2.- James 1:12b, “for when he is tried, he shall receive the ccrown or life,” 1Corinthians 9:25, “And every man that striven for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an uncorruptible.” 2Timothy 4:8, “Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto them also that?? love his appearing.” 1Petr 5:4, “And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that Gareth not away.” 3.- The promise. James 1:12c, “Which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Hebrews 6:18, “That by two immutable things,bin which if was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to pay hold upon the hope set before us.”
I.- Improper prosecution. James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted he any man.” 1.- A question of propriety. Genesis 22:1, ” Andnit came to pass aftker these things, that God did tempt (prove or try) Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.” 2.- A question of positioning blame. James 1:13a, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God.”. (Job 1:6-22) Genesis 3:12, “And the man said, The woman whom thou haven’t to be with me, she gave of the tree, and I did eat.” 3.- A guaranteed position? A.- The personal holiness of God. James 1:13b, “For God cannot be tempted with evil.” Psalm 99:9, ,”Exalt the zLORD our God, and worship at his holy hill, for the LORDZ our God is holy.” (Matthew 4:1-11) B.- The practical holiness of God. James 1:13c, “Neither temteth he any man.”
II. The Process. 1.- The parent of temptation. James 1:14, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” 2Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Everything his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Genesis 3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took if the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.” 2Peter 2:18, “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, the allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantenous, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” 2.- The Process of temptation. A.- The production of desire. James 1:15a, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.” Matthew 15:19-20, “For our of the heart proceedeth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things that defile a man.” B.- The product of sin. James 1:15b, “And sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Proverbs 11:19, “As righteousness temteth to life: so he that pursuers evil pursuers it to his own death.” Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the Father, so also the soul of the Son is mine: the soul that something, it shall die.” Romans 15:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
III. Hold the proper position. James 1:16, “Do not err my beloved brethren.” Ephesiansn5:6-7, “Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of dissobedience. Be not ye partakers with them.”
CONCLUSION. 1CORINTHIANS 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to mam: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 2Corinthiansn12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for these: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
# 5: The Benevolence of God
James 1:16-21, “Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of his creature. Wherefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man society not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
INTRODUCTION: James 1:16, “Do not err my beloved brethren.” 1.- Do not err concerning the source of baiting. James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted he any man.” Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thoufaithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” 2.- Do not err concerning the source of blessing. Deuteronomy 23:5, “Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not harken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.”
I. God is the Giver of Benefits. 1.- the blessings of God. James 1:17a, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.” Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed because his Compassion’s fail not. – They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Psalm 68:19, “Blessed be the Lord who daily powdery us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things.” 2.- James 1:17b, “With whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.” Romans 2:11, “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
II. God is the giver of new birth. 1.- God’s saving will. James 1:18a, “Of his own. Will begat he us.” John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: – Which were born,, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor if the will of man, but of God.” Ephesians 2:4-5, ” But God, who is rich in mercy,, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, by grace ye are saved.” Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace ye are saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift ofmGod.” 2.- God’s saving word. James 1:18b, “Negative he us with the word of truth.” 1Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save then that believe.” John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” 3.- God’s saving wish. James 1:18c, “That we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” Romans 14:8, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”
III – God is the giver of good behavior. 1.- Swift to hear. James 1:19a, “Wherefore me beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear.” Ecclesiastes 5:1, “Keep thy foot when you first to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice for fools: for they consider not that they do evil.” Matthew 18:3, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 2.- slow to speak. James 19b, “Slow to speak.” Ecclesiastes 5:2-3, “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be nasty to utter any thing before God: formGodmis in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fools voice is know by multitude of words.” Proverbs 21:23, “Whoso keeper his mouth and his tongue keeper u s soul from troubles.” 3.- Slow to wrath. James 1:119c, “Slow to wrath.” Proverbs 14:17, “He that is soon angry foolishly; and a man of wicked devices is hated.” Proverbs 16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 19:11, “The discretion of a man referrer his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” Ecclesiastes 7:9, “Be not hasty to be angry: for anger reagent in the bosom of fools.” 4.- sinfulness of Man’s wrath. James 1:20, “For the wrath of man society not the righteousness of God.” Genesis 4:5&8, “But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. – aAnd Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up againtbAbel his brother, and does him.” 5.- Sanitize the life. James 1:21a,”Wherefore lay apart all filthiness.”Ephesians 4:22-24, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to The deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with Wo great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside evey weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patijence the race that is set before us.” 1Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 6.- Sanction the word. Jamesm1:21b, “And receive with meekness the engrafted word.” Matthew 18:4, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 13:23,”But he that received seed I to the good ground is he that beareth the word, and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” 7.- Save the soul. James 1:21c, “Which is able to save your souls.” Psalm 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking need thereto according to the word.” Ephesians 5:25-27, “Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” 1Peter 1:22-23, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto interesting thee love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently; Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and anxiety for ever.”
Conclusion. The benevolence of God is realized in our lives as we follow the “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” The Bible gives us the direction.
#6: The Importance of Actually Following the Instruction
Jamees 1:22-25, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a header of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; For us beholder himself, and forth his way, and straightway forgeteth what manner or man he was. But whoso looked into the perfect law of liberty, and continue to therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Introduction. 1.- The importance of following the instructions. Matthew 7:21, ” Not every one that safety unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore whose r heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock; And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”
I. The Instruction. Iames 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” 1.- Implemwnt faith. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”Galatians 5:6, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which society by love.” 2.- Live intentionally. 1Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offeringsnandmsacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearkenmthan the fat of fans.” Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall motorsport out of thy mouth; but thoun shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do a according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make the way prosperous, and thou shalt have good success.” 3.- Insulate against being cheated. 2Peter 1:5-11.
II. The Indictment. James 1:23-24, “Remit anyone q hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholden himself, and forth his way, and straightway forgotten what manner of man he was.” 1.- The Indication. 1:23, “For if any be a heater of the word, and not a doer , he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.” A.- The later of indictment. Exodus 38:8, “And he made the paper of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the looking glasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” Exodus 30:19-21, “And Aaron and His some shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: when they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not, or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fore unto the LORD; So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.” a.- The Bible indicates the Need and the cleansing. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” 1John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, henisnfqithdul and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Psalm 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to the word.” 2.- The indiscretion. James 1:24, “For he beholder himself, and forth his way, and straightway forgotten what manner of man he was.” Revelation 20:11-12, “And Indiana great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” a.- Inattention brings incapacitation. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.” Ezekiel 18: 19-20, “When the Son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. The soul that winner, it shall die.” Matthew 7:23, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work I iniquity.”
III. The Intended Issue. James a1:25, “But whoso looked into the perfect law of liberty, and continue to therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” 1.-The intent reader. James 1:25a, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,” 2Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs to not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” John 8:31-32, “Then said Jesus unto those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of win and death.” 2.- Then Insistent liver. Jamesn1:25b,”And continuity therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but answer or the work.” Matthew 19:16-17, “And, Behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why tallest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but fnthou wilt dome into life, keep the commandments.” 3.- The insured man. James 1:25c,”This man shall be blessed in his deed.” Romans 2:13, “For not the headers of the law are just before God, but the doers or the law shall be justified.” 1John 2:17, “And the world passerby away, andnthenlust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God anxiety for ever.” Revelation 22:114, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right tongue tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Conclusion. It is only in doing God’s will that we can be God’s people.
#7: Some things that define the character
James 1:26-27, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and brisket not his tongue, but receiver his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the father less,nqndnwidows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world?”
Introoduction. 1.- true religion is faith at work. Matthew 5’16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 2.- God gives guidelines for working out our faith in the twelve commandments. Exodus 20:1-17. Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
I. The Putrid Side of Faith. James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and ?brisket not his tongue, but receiver his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” 1.- A prototype of faith. James 1:26a, &If any man among you seem to be religious.” Matthew 6:2, “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may have glory of men. Version say unto you, They have their reward.” Matthew 6:16, “Moreover when he fast, be not,. as the hypocritems, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” Matthew 23:23, “Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and ani byse and cumin, and have omitted the writer matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: the ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Matthew 23:27, “Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like to whited sepulchers, which appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead man’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” 2.- A prattled. James 1:26b, “And believeth not his tongue.”Pro website 10:19, “In the multitude of words there hangeth not win; but he that refrained his lips is wise.” Proverbs 29:11, “A fool uttereth all his mind: but the wise man .- it in till afterwards.” Ecclesiastes 5:3, “For scream something through a multitude of business, and st ools voice is known by the multitude of words.” Titus 1:10-11, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and receivers, specially they ofbthebcirxumxision; Whose mouths must be stopped who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucfe’s.sake.” A.- A gossip. B.- A Know it all. 3.- A puttered. James 1:26c, “But receiver his own heart.” 1John 1:8, c”If we say that we have no sin, we receive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.evelation 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and insermt not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” 4.- A profitless faith. James 1:26d,”This man-sbreligion is vain.”
II. The Practical side of faith. James 1:27a, “Pure religion before God and the Father is this.” 1.- Practical love. Matthew 25:34-36, “Then shall the king saynto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of myn Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; For I was an hungered, and he gave me meat: I was thirsty, ye gave me merino: I was a stranger, and he took me in : Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me; I was in prison, and he came unto me.” 2.- Practical Holiness. James 1:27c, “And to keep himself unspottednfeom the world.” A.-God provides a way. Isaiahn35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness, the unclean shall not pass over it; but if shall be for those , the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” 1.- It is q plain way. 2.- It is a pure way. 3.- It for way. Johnn17:15, “I pray not that thou shxouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil.” B.- The man of faith pursues the way. 1Timothy 5+22, “hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of!other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” Romans 13:14, “But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ; and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” 2Corinthians 7:1,”Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleans ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Conclusion. It is not the man that says he is a Christian, but the man that lives out his faith, that is a Christian. true Christianity is an outward exercise of an inward faith.