Week 10. Monday: Rich Man, Poor Man
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: James 5
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the keys words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: Do you consider yourself rich? According GlobalRichList.com if you make $25,000 per year you are among the top 2% of the wealthiest people in the world. If you make $32,000 per year, you are in the top 1%. Whether you believe it or not there will always be someone who looks at you as richer than they are. We all have, make and use money. We all have the potential to use money and possessions in the wrong. In this passage James is condemning the oppressive actions of the wealthy but he also writes this as a warning to us about the dangers of the love of money. Whether we know it or not, realize it or not, believe it or not, the love of money has the potential to destroy us. Over the next few verses James uses a graphic example to provide us a list of 3 things to watch out for when it comes to how we handle our money.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Read Matthew 19:23-24. List some reasons why money and possession make it more difficult to do what is right?
PRAY: Ask God to give you an open mind toward your money and possessions. Pray that this week God will begin to reveal to you any areas where you are beginning to misuse your money.