Freely You Have Received, Freely Give

In James 5, we are reminded that we are to use our wealth for good. James begins by warning the reader about the repercussions of misusing our wealth. “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming to you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 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. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. James 5:1-4.

How do you determine if an individual is rich? Is it someone who is a part of the top 1%, or is it someone who is rich in God; full of joy, peace and contentment? Are you a hoarder?

For example, if you receive 500.00, and you notice that your neighbor is without clothes and food and your tithes and expenses are paid, is it okay to share with your neighbor? If you decide not to share your resources with your neighbor are you a hoarder?

If we retain our resources when we see that someone else is in need we can become hoarders. We must use discernment, but it is certainly okay to share our resources with others. However, if you know that you have a bill due next week, then you must ensure that your expenses are paid. As we continue to build a legacy for our children and future generations, we must not allow our ambition and our passion to achieve wealth, overshadow our relationship with God.

The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it. Proverbs 10:22.

Is Favoritism Forbidden?

Did you know that favoritism is a sin? I recently attended a bible study on the book of James, taught by Beth Moore.

The second chapter of James begins; “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.” Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:1-4.

Can you recall a time in your own life when you may have mistreated someone based upon their appearance? I know when I started reading the book of James, I was immediately convicted, and although it is a small book, it has taught me some valuable lessons. I know there are times when I may have shown favoritism to someone without even realizing it. What about you?

We’ve all heard the statement that we should never judge a book by its cover, because the very person that you perceive to be a hindrance could also be the vessel God uses to help strengthen you, teach you valuable lessons or tools God uses to help propel you forward. How has your view of favoritism changed?

His Power, His Purpose

His Power, His Purpose

There are many Americans today that believe their primary purpose is to satisfy their emotional needs and desires. What can I do, to make myself happy today? When will I receive my raise? Do any of these questions sound familiar? You see, today we live in a society that is extremely narcissistic, and if we are not careful we can become so self-absorbed, that we can completely miss out on the purpose God has prepared for our lives. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God Ephesians 2:8. We are not saved to fulfill our personal desires, but we are saved to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.

“God has committed Himself to guide and equip believers to act as His servants.” “No matter what He calls us to do, He will provide the necessary abilities and resources.” God expects us to make serving Him a priority, “and to surrender our time, talent and treasure for His use.”

Dr. Charles Stanley, (October 2016), “Our Labor of Love,” [Retrieved from Intouch.org]

When Facing Life’s Mountains

When Facing Life’s Mountains

What is your first response when you are facing a storm? If we are all truthful with ourselves, oftentimes our normal reaction to a trial or a storm is to search for the nearest escape route. But did you know that God can use a storm to reveal His character, to break strongholds in our lives as well as testing mechanism to develop our character for future promotion? After I read this passage, I started to think about some of the greatest storms I experienced in my own life. Although many of the storms were uncomfortable, I knew that I was never alone.

When we go through life’s storms,”we are to face our God-given tasks in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in our strength and energy (Zech 4:6).” “The Lord’s work can never be done with human strength.” “His indwelling Spirit must empower us with the wisdom and energy to accomplish His will in our lives.” [Intouch.org]

Dr. Charles Stanley, (October 2016), “When Facing Life’s Mountains,” [Retrieved from Intouch.org]

Alone With God

Do you realize that every day there is something trying to get your attention? Today, we live in such a fast pace society, and if we are not careful we could miss the move of God, simply because we are too busy to listen to His voice.

There is always something fighting to get our attention, from media headlines updating us about the 2016 presidential election, social media updates providing us feedback on our latest “posts,” or mobile alerts updating our devices with the latest version of IOS. We are constantly being fed information throughout the day, but did you know that God is also giving us guidance and direction to help us navigate our lives?

“Even though Jesus was the Son of God, He knew the importance of solitary prayer time.” “He didn’t do anything on His own initiative but instead lived in dependence upon the Father, acting only on the instructions God communicated to Him.” “Jesus was the perfect example of a Spirit-led life, and prayer played a vital role.” “Since we are to follow in His footsteps, wouldn’t it make sense for us to meet with God early each morning in preparation for the day?” [Intouch.org]

Dr. Charles Stanley, (October 2016), “Alone With God,” [Retrieved from Intouch.org]

 

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Psalm 25:14-15

The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.

Psalm 25:14-15

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