James 5:17 Like Passions

James 5:17 (KJV)
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

We have a tendency, I think, to elevate certain men above the common fray: 

  • Missionaries 
  • Evangelists
  • Particularly gifted preachers
  • Pastors of huge churches even
  • Heroes of the Bible

Interestingly the Bible goes out of the way to give to us the sins of those Bible characters, as well as their acts of faith. In this case, the Bible says that Elias was “subject to like passions as we are.”

In other words, he was no extraordinary man. 

This is such an essential truth because, in it, we discover it is never the man that is extraordinary but God. 

In this case, too, we are encouraged that if such a man could pray and receive extraordinary results, then so can we. 

So, pray. Pray earnestly. 

Don’t count the worth of your prayers on the quality of your person but on the quality of the God to whom you pray. 

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James 2:1 A More Suitable Pursuit

James 2:1 (KJV)
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

The book of James was written very early on in the New Testament experience. It contains such teachings that have led to some people not believing it to be New Testament truth. 

  • I understand Martin Luther cut it out of his Bible
  • Some consider it transitional and primitive, not fully developed doctrine
  • Some believe it to apply to the Tribulation period and not specific for today

I find it interesting to see that so early on in the New Testament churches they had difficulty with respecting persons. Already, just a few years after Jesus’s crucifixion, Christians were tempted to play favorites with those who were wealthier. 

It tells me that some wealthy souls came to Christ even 
Money doesn’t and has never bought happiness, satisfaction, and peace. Money cannot and never has salved the sin-sickened conscience. Those who spend their lives pursuing material wealth find it, only to discover it was not a worthwhile pursuit. The most miserable are those who make it their lifelong pursuit, never find it, and thus never do look for something more suitable to pursue. 

It also tells me that the temptation to pursue material wealth has always been in the churches 
The redeemed soul still fights a corrupt nature. That nature tends toward the material. We may manifest our love of money differently than they did in the first century, but we still need the warning. 

God is no respecter of persons and neither should we be.

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James 5:8 Even So Come

James 5:8 (KJV)
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

I think this time of Chinese coronavirus pestilence has brought with it two strong temptations: 

One is to predict the end of the world

  • When we see the global panic and one world response, we, who are biblical literalists, are wont to cry “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. 
  • When we it was the disintegration of love for others in the social distancing orders, we are wont to cry, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. 
  • When we watch as governors treat churches with undue harshness, we are wont to cry, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. 
  • When we hear that the SCOTUS disregarded the first amendment protection of churches in a recent opinion and reflect that the opinion was written by one of the so-called conservative Justices, we are wont to cry, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. The problem with this is we can so frequently cry it that those who hear us ignore us. 

The other temptation is to not cry out at this time, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”
Such a cry is not merely the message of a religious extremist. It is virtually the message of the New Testament. Jesus, the angels in Acts chapter one, and every New Testament penman cried, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. The final book of the New Testament is dedicated to the message, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. 

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. 

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James 2:18 Show Me Your Faith

James 2:18 (KJV)
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

I knew a lady once, she’s passed away now, who refused to get baptized because she said she wanted to prove a Christian can go to heaven without being baptized. She had a friend who professed to be a Christian but refused to attend church because she wanted to prove she could go to heaven without being a member of or attending church. They were demonstrating their faith, they believed, by their works, or lack of it. 

I supposed every sort of faith has some sort of work associated with it, even if the work is not to work.  I wish to point out that our actions tell a great deal about our faith – what we believe. I would go so far as to say our work shows our true faith much more than our words do. 

  • One person’s faith compels him to be very religious. He does what he does because he believes these things earn him a spot in heaven. 
  • Another person’s faith sets them to work building up churches. His faith leads him to believe that if he won’t do it neither will God. 
  • I want my faith to show that I believe in a living and present God, with whom I have a true and personal relationship. 

And I would like to lead others to know Him in the same way. 

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James 5:11 Joint Heirs

James 5:11 (KJV)
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Notice that it is not the end of job that is mentioned but the end of the Lord. The key to understanding the blessing of Job is not what the Bible says he received after his afflictions, though they were impressive. The key is to see what the Bible says is the end of the Lord:

  • Resurrection 
  • Glorification
  • In the presence of His Heavenly Father 
  • His throne
  • His power 
  • His Eternal being

And then to see that we, who are believers, are joint heirs.

1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

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James 4:2 Ask

James 4:2 (KJV)
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

There is so much more in this passage than just “ye have not because ye ask not” but the lesson here is, we need to ask.

  • In some cases we must ask others
  • In all cases we must ask the Lord

Ask in submission
Vs 7

Ask in humility
Vs 10

Ask in charity
Vs 11

Ask in awareness of the brevity of life
Vs 13-14

Ask is deference to the Lord’s will
Vs 15

Ask with the intention of doing good
Vs 17

But ask. 
“Ye have not because ye ask not.”

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James 3:10 Blessing and Cursing

James 3:10 (KJV)
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

There is some comfort, it seems to me, that even the first century church had problems with, for lack of a better term right now, hypocrisy. 

Given the context, I believe the Bible’s first target for this passage would be the preachers and teachers of God’s Word – the masters of verses 1-2. We do indeed offend all in many things. It is a necessary consequence of preaching the Word of God that there will be people who become offended at the truths we preach. As the old preacher used to say, “When I first started preaching, I was a afraid I would offend people. Now I am afraid I won’t.” 

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

On the other hand, it ought not so to be that the same mouth that preaches the truth from God’s word speaks things that are error, or hurtful and mean spirited or that would lead soul to turn away from God.

Apparently this was a problem in the first century churches. Not much has changed.

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James 5:14-16 Fervent Prayer

James 5:14-16 (KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. This verse has been in my mind much of late. I want my prayer life to be effectual and fervent. More, I want it to avail much. As I have considered it lately it seemed to be that the verse sounded redundant. Of course effectual prayer would avail or accomplish much. There are a few things to keep in consideration: This is especially associated with praying for the sick. There is likely fewer times in our lives when we have motivation for fervent prayer than for a sick loved one. It is both proper and Biblical for us to pray for the ill and to do so with fervency. I do not believe it only applies to those prayers, however,because the example given to prove it has to do with praying for rain, not healing of the sick. The Greek word that is translated “effectual fervent” is apparently one word. The Anglicized version of the word is, “energized.” In other words, the energized prayer of a righteous man availeth much. This hearkens us back to, Romans 8:26 (KJV) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. The question arises, “Where does the fervency of this prayer originate?” and the obvious biblical answer is, “From the Holy Spirit.” Effectual fervent praying is not my getting worked up in prayer. Effectual fervent praying is my praying in the power and in the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit. This prayer would be biblically based, led of the Spirit of God and would, in fact, avail much. We may return to our example of Elias. The references are to 1 Kings 17:1 and to 1 Kings 18:42-45. In neither case is the word prayer found, though the passage in 1 Kings 18 certainly looks like prayer. What can be inferred is that Elijah’s prayer was not “worked up.” Rather, he was confident in the answer because it was directed of the Holy Spirit.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4400 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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James 4:1-2 The Desire To Have

James 4:1-2 (KJV)
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

So many things in this chapter seem extreme for a church setting and yet to be consistent with the context, it must be viewed in this way. The phrase, “Ye kill and desire to have” is perhaps the most extreme. It may be understood in a number of ways:

That kill is spiritual
How devastating to a church is the infighting that can happen when brothers or sisters in Christ grow petty one against another. No one dies physically but the life of the church dies off and young people die of the opportunity to be saved.

That kill means envy
This is the least agreeable understanding in my view because it blatantly replaces the word for another.

That kill is prophetic
There have been in history, future to the days of James, times when people of the Catholic and later Protestant persuasion turned people of Anabaptist persuasion into authorities. Those who turned them in were often rewarded with the possessions of the accused. The accused were often killed for their faith.

There is no reason to view this chapter as anything other than a local church setting.

 

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James 3:14 The Truth Is…

James 3:14 (KJV)
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

The one with bitter envying and strife in their heart is not to lie against the truth.

  • The truth is they are not wise
  • The truth is they are not endued with knowledge
  • The truth is they are a fountain of salt water
  • The truth is cursing not blessing comes from their mouth
  • The truth is they cannot bless God
  • The truth is their tongue is an unruly evil
  • The truth is their tongue is an unbridled horse
  • The truth is their tongue has no helm
  • The truth is a world of iniquity
  • The truth is that whatever wisdom they think they have is not from above
  • The truth is they are worldly, sensual, devilish

The Word of God says to believe anything else about the bitterness, envy and strife in the heart is a lie.

 

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