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Monday, February 5, 2018

James Study: Week 4 ~ Monday

James 4:13-17



S: Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow let's go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain." Whereas you don't know what your life will be like tomorrow.  For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."
But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil. To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin.


O&A: I immediately am thinking how we're not to worry about tomorrow, for today has enough worry of its own. Years ago, my husband and I began to say, "If Abba wills/desires/purposes, we will do ___ tomorrow/whatever date in the future." Somewhere along the way, I stopped stating it as such all the time. I'm thankful for this reminder. Without Him, I have nothing, can do nothing, and am nothing... but a vapor in the wind. 

This makes me think of my oil diffuser. I put the water in, make my little scent blend, and turn it on. For hours, it will diffuse the oils into the air at set intervals. If you see it diffusing, you will see the wisps of vapor coming out, but it doesn't last. Of course you can still smell the evidence of the oils for hours, but later on, that's not even there, either. Our lives have the potential to be nothing more than that, if we boast in ourselves, yet can have incredible impact when we trust Adonai with the purpose of our life and do only as He wills/desires/sets the purpose. 





Jeremiah 9:23-24 "Thus says Adonai/the L-RD, Don't let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, don't let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am Adonai/the L-RD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the eretz: for in these things I delight, says Adonai/the L-RD."

For this verse: "To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn't do it, to him it is sin." 'If all we do is think about doing good, yet never become "doers of the word" (James 1:22), we will be in sin. This adds a layer of duty to our knowledge: failure to act is, in itself, an act. We are not merely meant to avoid evil—believers are morally obligated to do what we know is good.' (Not my own thoughts, but found here.


So if I say, "I'll help you tomorrow", knowing that I *could* help today, then I am boasting in my own plans; I am not a doer, but a sayer, which is sin.




P: Abba, King of glory and righteousness, by Whom all things were created, and for Whom all things were created, I am so thankful for this reminder today, to not make my own plans, for if You are not the purpose of the plans, what good will they be? If You have not given the commission, what power is in it? I want only what You want, Abba. "For what is your life?" I want my life to be YOURS - that is the only way my time on this earth will have any purpose, to serve YOU and Your will. Even Yeshua said, "Not my will but Yours." And I am not greater than Yeshua! Thank You, Abba, for giving me purpose, and allowing me to serve You. B'shem Yeshua, Amein.




Friday, February 2, 2018

James Study: Week 3 ~ Friday

James 4:7-12
SOAP: James 4:7-8




S: Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.






O&A: Ermagersh. Verses 11 & 12 really hit me. But on to 7-8
I love this definition of resist: set yourself against. Set yourself against the adversary. As for flee, which is what ha Satan will do: seek safety by flight. HalleluYah! When we set ourselves against the adversary, he will seek safety by flight!!! Isn't that amazing?!? Because he knows he is not safe in Your presence, Abba. He is not kadosh/holy/set-apart unto You. We are able to run to You and BE safe,
but he has to flee from You!

So how do we set ourselves against him? By subjecting ourselves/submitting to Adonai!
I think this goes along with the "be a doer" mentality. We are not asked to be subject, nor are we requested to resist the devil... It is stated very matter-of-factly: DO this.



 

P: Abba, You are awesome and amazing! I had not ever looked at these verses in this manner before, and I just stand in awe of You and Your power and majesty. I want to be set against ha Satan, and that is only possible by and through you, and so I submit myself unto You, yet again. Your power is unmatched and I count it an honor to call You my master; I only want to be worthy of the calling, and obedient in my service to You. B'shem Yeshua, Amein.




Thursday, February 1, 2018

James Study: Week 3 ~ Thursday

SOAP: James 4:4-6


S: You adulterers and adulteresses, don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

O&A: So possibly not an uncontroversial point, as he says "adulterers and adultresses", then references the world and Elohim, I believe he's talking about cheating on/being unfaithful to Elohim with the world/being worldly/of the flesh. So I looked it up in the concordance, and here's what I spy with my green eyes: As the intimate alliance of God with the people of Israel was likened to a marriage, those who relapse into idolatry are said to commit adultery or play the harlot; hence, is figuratively equivalent to faithless to God, unclean, apostate. -BOOM- Back to how we can't serve two masters, or serve God and mammon

There's a song by this artist named Jimmy Needham, called 'Clear The Stage'. At one point in the song, he sings:
"Anything I put before my God is an idol
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol
Anything I can't stop thinking of is an idol
Anything that I give all my love is an idol"

Abba doesn't want there to be a competition between *Him* and **anything** else. He doesn't want us to be faithless, seeking after the things that this world offers, lusting after the flesh; He has sovereignty over it ALL! If we would humble ourselves in the sight of Adonai, we would not be proud, but humble, and therefore receive His grace.





P: Abba, most Sovereign and righteous, I am guilty of following after the world. I am guilty of putting things before You. I am guilty of being unfaithful to You. I am guilty of being a friend of the world, which makes me an enemy to You. Abba, please forgive me, B'shem Yeshua (in Yeshua's name). I want no master but You, no Saviour but Messiah, and no idols. I want to be counted as a faithful servant, a loving bride, a humble spirit. With and by Your grace, it is so. B'shem Yeshua, Amein.