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September 13, 2019 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter of James 5:7-12
Have you ever been in the midst of some awful stuff you felt the temptation to start making promises to God. You get me through this. If I get you through this. What if I get you this product would be same person you were when you started this so it is a good idea to watch what we say super yeses they undermine our trustworthiness. Why can't a person just say okay I'll do it or know I won't do it.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Rick is currently teaching through the book of James. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's pastor Rick as he continues teaching through James chapter 5 in his message called room for improvement.
When I get to heaven. My prayers are preserved in the book of Revelation, we see the angel with the incense representing the prayers of the saints. In other words there in heaven and they preserved their remembered by God, I remember you were talking to me you kept talking to me looking for me, trusting me, even though you did not hear from me outside of my scripture outside of encouragements.
I don't want to be condemn. I want to avoid sin, and I do not want to is so easy to just be a grumble or anybody can any doofus on the planet can be good at being a grumble.
Will you go to the front of the class you are grumble the rest of riot. Behold, the judge is standing at the door.
Why does he bring that up and go as want to say listen if price is outside the door right now. Would you behave this way. No well he is outside the door that were judge that gets my attention because it holes in the possibility of penalty executed and I don't want execution of penalty on me and so may we live like we sense his presence is advised. I try certain things come my way.
I crumble yes but why you crumbling.
Do you not still believe that God has the capacity to forgive you and still work with you. So long as you hate the things that make you crumble. I know I do.
I would leave the faith.
If I thought God would forgive me I am Don I can't Mac cannot do it. Don, but I never get to that point because sin abounded, grace did much more there now is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
I'm staying in Christ Jesus. Verse 10, my brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of suffering and patience, while yet patients suffering to me.
They go together.
Patients is of impatience as a form of suffering patients. You know you can you can get better at it as the years go by is a look at this. I am writing this wave.
I'm actually doing this now, don't get big headed, don't mess it up.
Go backwards very quickly. The prophets, they were unpopular they were unpopular because they preach to the consciences of people their own countrymen.
So Jesus said Jerusalem O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one the one that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you talk about righteousness and their then the faith but you killing the very people God sends to you. Acts chapter 7 Stephen as they were murdering him. He says while high performers were triggered everything which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute and they killed those who foretold the coming of the just one big words powerful words.
It also has the deity of Christ, and that the coming of the just one that's an Old Testament, a title that was exclusive to Yahweh, yet he assigned it to Christ, God's servants face mean people.
Unfortunately in this country right now. I think we face more mean people in churches and outside of churches and other countries to start the case, they face more mean people outside the Jets are you going to be any either way. Just don't you be one of them. God's servants to suffer heart ache and if you ever had heart ache sure you have, especially older saints things.
It just hurt your heart things that make the moment sickening is just nothing you can do about a lost loved one. For example that's hard ache backstab or is not backache that's heartache hurts doesn't hurt my back hurts my heart and many other such experiences. The prophets had to deal with these things. The prophets spent their lives in war for truth against lies and we are supposed to do the same will have to learn how to do this, lest we become what you heard of a loose cannon.
How about a loose sword sort just flying around. How many Christians like oh man, I know, I know you're zealous for the kingdom, but you've not been around long enough to learn how to use that thing. Situations like this that so serious is truth that people have killed many people for daring to tell the truth. We get that accepted 21. This is Paul's response to that fact of life.
But I am ready not only to be bound, but also to diet Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus is an odd phrase beautiful word. I am ready not only to be bound, and whatever that brings to torture the beatings, the shame, but also to die at Jerusalem.
The name of the Lord Jesus. The prophets thought that truth was more important than their own lives. I hope my drive home that my drive home is dominated by that thought. I hope I think of that more often in my life. That doesn't mean that I become is a prophet of God is one who speaks for every believer is one who speaks the truth of God. In this context that I'm using it. It doesn't mean were reckless with the truth. We have quite the opposite. We are very careful we are led by the spirit of God himself. He is our leader, our Lord, our master, Satan injects lies into everything about God because of his great hatred for God, for God's truth. Jesus said we all know this verse. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my namesake. Have any of you ever had anyone say things about you that were mean and nasty because of your faith. It hurts you feel it is not likely that was wonderful.
I was fined five other people who just me, Jesus, and rejoice, sorry that sounded like I have had like I've been there. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward, not here in heaven. That's what he says in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You belong to an exclusive club of believers.
So, he says, my brethren pick prophets.
For example, consider the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of suffering and patience while I like to read about that.
I just don't want to go through any of it. I don't want to be Stephen and getting stoned preaching a really good sermon door about that, Rick. You will never have that problem. Okay, enough laughing us in well as an example of suffering patients again self-restraint.
We understand that it self-restraint for the moment, but indifferences long-term self-restraint. That's when we get to find out if your patient is really from the Lord. Or is it just this, that was it to endure means to withstand the intensity that accompanies prolonged strife pressure constant pressure long-term pressure so if you put the two together. Patience and endurance you end up with long-suffering is what we do with each other. We are supposed to Colossians chapter 1 strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power for all patients and long-suffering with joy that doesn't fit well, that's, you know, it seems to this seems to be a contradiction there, long-suffering, not short suffering with joy where you better be spiritually gonna pull this one off you better be looking to walk with Christ, if you going to have any success with this is if you try in your own strength you going to fail. First Corinthians 13 love suffers long and it is still kind says love suffers long and is kind love does not envy, does not parade itself, is not puffed up, that's pride self-serving pride to puff up knowledge will puff up some of you younger Christians as you are learning in life you learning about things.
Maybe your parents have forgotten and you start puffing up because you mentioned and is a mom or dad might save have a clue that you got it though and you feel like now I'm smarter than you know you're not perish the thought just you have to watch out you don't puff up it destroys it does not edify what you going to do with the things you learn. Do you want to become a know it all. Someone everybody avoids any coming quick out the window but were on the 15th floor is worth it jump first Corinthians 13 four love suffers long and is kind. In verse seven of first Corinthians 13 bears all things, I fail there, believes all things, I succeed there. It seems that the doesn't mean that gullibility believes things of the Lord, hopes all things, endures all things. Those who suffer from God's truth are conquerors.
Those who suffer from God's truth are the conquerors. They were in the will of God for preaching in the name of God.
That's why they suffered preaching his message, but Satan will come along and say to a faithful Christian that you are suffering because of your unfaithfulness, because of your sin. While the prophets suffered because of their faithfulness. Suffering is not by itself an indication that you are being judged by God or you brought something up on yourself. One of the easy ways to begin to deal with that is to look around and say wait a minute. If I'm suffering for my sins and this was with Joel's argument was the new guy should be laid out on the floor dead long time ago. So we must never think that obedience automatically produces pleasure. It will produce the joy of pleasing the Lord, but it may not bring pleasant circumstances our way.
Obedience let Christ the cross verse 11. Indeed, we count them blessed to endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord, the Lord is very compassionate. We have, we admire those who have the ability to withstand harsh we read their biographies and their autobiographies.
We admire them. We just want to have to do it. However, I think we admire them because we are hoping that should be our turn to face such things as they face that we will perform as they did. That is a noble ambition if lack of opportunity, lack of ability have slain its thousands, then failing to endure has slain 10,000s if we don't stay the course in spite of opposition resistance hardships, arrows, whatever it is, then we just joined the number of the majority who have succumbed to such things, but we are supposed to be different and this is why the writers of the Bible warns against fainting time and time and time again over and over in Scripture would being encouraged to be strong, encouraged to move forward. God's word is given to us to produce a robust quality of faith that Christian character is to make improvement which, again, there is always room for Romans 15 for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. One of the first places we run to when were struggling with a long-term hope is the book of Job, we find strength and comfort. There so James says you heard of the perseverance of Job. He waited for God did not stop believing all he expressed himself. He came very close, very close to a blasphemy buddy never crossed the line just told it like it was a not a lot of God that was Job position.
This is how I feel. I feel like easy to set me up as a target Jeremiah in his lamentation does the same thing. He tells it like it is. I will play games with God.
This is what I'm going through. He knows that I have to tell him the unbeliever won't do that. So this Joe. He was suffering without abandoning God. James, giving us a brief commentary on Job you say will where where is this patience of Job Job 1925. I know my Redeemer lives and he shall stand at last on the earth and after my skin is destroyed, this I know that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself and my eyes shall behold not another. How my heart yearns within me misery. The man was going through.
Unbeknownst to him, he was the battlefield of God for others. Job 1414 all the days of my hard service I will wait till my change comes.
There is grounds for James to make such a claim about show that he was patient just because he voices himself doesn't mean he was impatient is what he do in the midst of the circumstances ultimately stood his ground in his faith. James continues verse 11 and seen the end intended by the Lord, the intended and was that the lying devil would be defeated. What was the devil live Job agent serves you because his skin for skin with that guy, but put some pain on him and he'll stop serving you and Satan was defeated in the midst of Job's suffering. Job defeated the devil man's faith defeated the enemy's determination to destroy him.
We learn from this. We are encouraged by this, that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
We've seen the end intended by the Lord, that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful God was not cruel in this contest. Using Job what Christian again is not benefited from the story, God saw beyond the suffering of Job, just like he saw beyond the suffering of his son on the cross, God was using this to strengthen countless multitudes over the age of Psalm 85 verse five for you, Lord, are good and ready to forgive and abundant mercy to all those who call upon you because we see beyond this life. Many a Christian of gone to their grave at the hand of an early grave at the hand of some violent evil person still singing praises to the Lord believing in the Lord because of their faith so we may read this part of James and just think what he's just summing up the letter he's just concluding things he's not. He is laying out with the Christian life is all about.
With every word. Nothing he is saying is trivial to him if it were he would've edited out any past or the steps to the pulpit has edited out countless thoughts that he has in preparation because he's asking God to stay in.
Does this not, should I say this, should I not I see this is what you're showing me the writers of the New Testament.
That is precisely what was going on with them. Doesn't take much at all for the Holy Spirit to say don't do that or do that or how about this, I believe born-again Christians experiences from time to time, which makes it very difficult when were suffering and all of a sudden were not picking up any signals from heaven someone is jamming the longtime know there's no one jamming a line right with God has us and that's again the story of Job, God said this is where you are. You have to deal with this and he did that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful verse 12 but above all, my brethren, do not swear either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath would let your yes be yes and your no no less you fall into judgment when he says, but above all that this distinctives is that the distinction he's making is he saying over everything else. I've said in this letter, or is he just talking about the preceding section is difficult to tell really doesn't matter goes real deep with this is getting down into the heart and that's why doesn't matter because it covers it all is quoting his Lord Jesus Christ Matthew's gospel.
Five. The sermon on the Mount.
Let your yes be yes and your no no for whatever is more than these is from the evil one is also a good thing for apparently because you get no stick by it. Don't keep reversing it. But anyway I do sometimes, but as a rule, that is wonderful guideline. This exhortation, it may seem out of place you missing one this is random. He's talking about Job and persevering. Then he says elsewhere as well. Have you ever been in the midst of some awful stuff you felt the temptation to start making promises to God. You get me through this. If I get you through this. What if I get you this product would be same person you were when you started this so it is a good idea to watch what we say super yeses they undermine our trustworthiness. Why can't a person just say okay I'll do it or know I won't do it, why, and I really really really will all okay you did for how many really is was that because each one bumps up your trustworthiness 5%, suggesting that there are varying degrees of dependability to your word because you've sworn it and this is a big problem with the Jews. That's why Jesus dealt with that James is still dealing with it. This was a problem in their culture. I don't believe Christians will arise where I promise.
Why can't you just say yes, I'll do it is good enough. We believers are to be so much a person of our word that oats are not necessary and that's the word here that is using for swear oaths expression of one's feelings and those who are dishonest those who tend to exaggerate. They won't find that insisting that they're telling the truth. This time causes others to trust in them.
So don't do it. Christian don't you don't have to see yeses to say no. There are oats that are acceptable, serious occasions, marriage vows in court. You are if you are summoned to court and you have to say you are going on record that you which you say is exactly what you saw example close with this Jesus was put under oath in court and he answered the question. He didn't say Mark I don't take notes. He answered the question are other examples in the New Testament go to stay with this one.
Jesus in Matthew 26 verse 23 Jesus kept silent in the high priest answered and said to him I put you under oath by the living God tell us if you are the Christ, the son of God Jesus said to him, it is as you said no he didn't say that what he should've said it. He didn't say it just in case. Thanks for joining us today as we took a deeper look into the book of Jean here on cross reference radio cross reference radio is the daily radio ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia were blessed to bring you God's word with each broadcast.
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