Sunday, January 22, 2012

Moment with the Master

Moment with the Master Week 8
 Pray and thank the Lord for something specific He has done for you.  Sing a song in your heart or out loud to Him and worship Him.  (Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise).  Ask Him for wisdom (James 1:5) and ask Him to speak to you through your Bible reading today. 
1.       Read James 1:16.  This verse fit better with the last lesson about verse 14 and 15 talking about sin.  It says, “Do not err, my beloved brethren”  Err means to do or be wrong.  He says, do not be wrong, do not do wrong.  He addresses them as BELOVED BRETHREN which means he loves them like a brother and sister and they are very dear to him.  When you love someone you do not want them to be in sin or do wrong.  Have you ever had to tell someone you love to not do wrong?
2.       Read James 1:17.  Where is every good and perfect gift from?  Who does it come down from?  There is no variableness in God the Father meaning that He is not fickle and He does not change.
3.       Read James 1:18.  He, of His own will, begat us (became our Father) with the word of truth.  What do you think that means?  What is the word of truth?  Read John 1:1.  Who is the Word?  Read John 14:6.  Who is the truth?  What is the only way to the Father?  Therefore, God became our Father through sending Jesus His Son as the Way, the Truth and the Life.
4.       Read James 1:19.  The word wherefore is used to remind us that we are begotten for God’s service.  We are a child of the King!  Therefore, what should we be quick or swift to do?  What two things should we be slow to do?  James calls us beloved brethren again in this verse.
5.       Read James 1:20.   This verse is self explanatory.  What do you think the word wrath means?  By definition it means “violent anger or rage”.
6.       Read James 1:21.  The word wherefore is used again to remind us that we are begotten children of God.  As His children we should lay apart all filthiness and superfluity (exceeding what is sufficient) of naughtiness (sin).  Read Colossians 3:8.  List what we should put off.  Read 1 Peter 2:1 and list what we should put off.  The last part of James 1:21 is explained somewhat in Ephesians 1:13. 
7.       Read Ephesians 1:12-14.  This is what happens when a person gets saved.  List the steps according to this Scripture.  Is this what happened in your life?  Would you be able to share these steps with someone who wanted to become a Christian?  We must be ready to lead others to the Lord anywhere that we are.  First, one must hear the word of truth which is the gospel.  Then one must believe and put their trust in Jesus Christ.  Next, we are filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit which lives inside all believers and He counsels us and comforts us.   
8.       Application for Christian Living: Pick one person you know who is lost and one person you know who is saved and pray these verses (Ephesians 1:15-20) over them for a week.

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