James (W10D5) Great Gain

August 10, 2018

 

Week 10. Friday: Great Gain

 

PRAY:  Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

 

READ:  James 5

6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

 

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

 

  1. Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.

  2. Make a list of the keys words/phrases and think about what they mean.

 

Snapshot: The gospel message is rooted in generosity. The bible says that God was gracious to us, he gave to us, even when we were his enemies (See Romans 5:8). When the love of money overtakes us we act the opposite toward others --we end up condemning and hurting even those we love. God was not a hoarder --he freely gave his love and mercy and forgiveness and kindness. God was not a cheater --when we most need salvation, He does not withhold it. God was not self-indulgent --all that he made he shared with us. Ultimately he gave us what we did not deserve. For God so loved us he gave us Jesus to satisfy and fulfill us in this life and the life to come. Maybe this life is not about rich or poor. Maybe if we are content with what we can focus on being more Godly which will be the one thing that satisfies our soul.

 

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

 

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

Identify some places where a desire to have or get more might be a trap for you?

Ask yourself, how am I using what I have to further the kingdom of God?


PRAY:  If you have not before recognized that God gave Jesus to satisfy you in this life and the life to come, pray for Jesus to become the head of your life.

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