Summary: How believer are to believe
Belief that Behaves
Victory Temple A/G
PO Box 911 Waco, tx 76703
Pastor Danny Williams
Tonight we are going to look at the third test James puts to the believer.
The first was his response to trials (1:2-12)
The second was his response to temptation (1:13-18)
The third is his response to the truth reveled in the word of God. (1:19-25)
Look at somebody and tell them (third time is a charm)
When a true disciple looks at the word of God, there is an affection for truth and a desire in his heart to obey it.
And that must be the first place you start.
One of the most reliable measuring devises of genuine salvation is that Hunger for God’s word.
Just as a new born baby doesn’t need to be taught to hunger for its mothers milk,
The newborn child of God doesn’t have to be taught to hunger for God’s word.
It is always a struggle however to keep the Saints hungry for the word.
Because, if you don’t they will starve themselves to death in denial that they have enough.
Now we are up to Vs. 19…. Where James begins to deal with our willingness to receive the word with submission.
This you know, My beloved brethern
Refers back to the truths expressed in the previous text,
But by addressing his reader’s as My beloved brethern indicates his deep concern and compassion for them.
You say, Pastor why is that important to know?
Because, I don’t believe God has anointed us to minister, If we have no compassion for the people we minister to…….
Because, if you don’t have any compassion, you don’t have any ministry.
And the only way you can have compassion is to get a revelation, of what it feels like to be the other person.
SEE: when you get a revelation of what it feels like to be the other person, you feel differently.
So, all of the sudden you have compassion about something that other people are impatient with.
And people tell you what you ought to do, but God has given you a grace to minister to them on another level.
Because God has empowered you for that purpose…..
And don’t let people make you frustrated with thing your not frustrated with.
Because they are your beloved brethren.
Now the second half of the verse James gives us three important commands.
Vs. 19 let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Notice he said every man, that includes the wo-man also…..
All of us.
Be quick to hear…
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
How many of you know that you learn by listening, not speaking?
But Hear what?
What God is saying about your life, your trials and your temptation.
When your in trouble search for encouragement,
When in confusion search for wisdom,
when tempted search out God’s standard’s of purity and righteousness for power to resist.
I want to tell you that the Word of God is your only source for deliverance from temptation and trials.
Not, Opra, or Sally Jessie and surely not Jerry Springer….
James is saying the Word of God is the first place you go to hear why your in a trial or temptation. Not the Last.