HOW TO PATIENTLY ENDURE LONG TERM
PEOPLE WILL OPPRESS US
- BOOK OF JAMES SPEAKS OF JEWISH CHRISTIANS BEING OPPRESSED BY THE RICH.
- DESPERATE FOR HOPE.
- LONGING FOR ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM THEIR PASTOR.
- PLEADING FOR RELIEF.
- THE SITUATION HERE IN JAMES IS SUCH THAT THERE ARE RICH WHO ARE GROSSLY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF POOR JEWISH CHRISTIANS IN JAMES’ CHURCH.
- THOSE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEM ARE RICH FARMERS WHO ARE SELFISH, INDULGING THEMSELVES IN THEIR EXCESS ALL THE WHILE, THE POOR ARE STARVING.
- THE RICH ARE HOARDING THEIR MONEY AND JAMES SAYS THAT IS WRONG. JAMES DOES NOT HOLD BACK. HE REMINDS ME OF AN OT PROPHET. WE ARE RICH IN THE US.
HOW TO PATIENTLY ENDURE??
- REMEMBER GOD IS NOT OUT TO LUNCH, HE IS SOVEREIGN
BROTHER AL & BROOM & CELL PHONE===NEVER KNOW WHAT KIDS WILL SAY ABOUT YOU BUT IT USUALLY IS VERY PERSONAL AND OFTEN TIMES THINGS WE WISHED WERE NEVER SHARED.
LIKE OUR CHILDREN, OUR MONEY TALKS ABOUT US.
- THIS PASSAGE TALKS ABOUT HOW OUR MONEY WILL TESTIFY ABOUT US WHEN WE STAND BEFORE GOD.
- THERE WILL BE A DAY OF ACCOUNTING, A DAY WHERE OUR FINANCIAL BOOKS WILL BE FLUNG OPEN AND WILL GIVE A REPORT BEFORE GOD.
A. MONEY TESTIFIES–How we GET it. V1, 4, 6
¨ The Bible never condemns the acquisition of wealth by legal and legitimate means.
¨ These rich were not paying their workers. They were day laborers and without it, they would starve and would not have the money to pay their debts. It would be financial disaster. Deut. 24:14-15
¨ Not only this, but the man who exploited his workers had the political power to control the system and prevent his employees from opposing him. That is how they have become rich.
¨ Employees robbing their employers by your time. Eph 6:5-8
¨ How you gain your money speaks about you?
DO THOSE I HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF CRY OUT TO GOD AGAINST ME?
GET RIGHT WITH PEOPLE.
PAY YOUR BILLS.
REALIZE GOD IS WATCHING.
B. MONEY TESTIFIES–How we GUARD it. V1-3
PROBLEM OF HOARDING—USA TODAY
SEE STORAGE UNITS
¨ The idea is one of hoarding—selfishly keeping it to ourselves and not looking around us to meet the needs of others.
Consumerism is fed by a desire to forget our mortality.
Citation: Kathleen Norris in Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Christianity Today
¨ The use of wealth—grain, garments, and gold & silver suggests the general picture of worldly goods in the ancient world.
¨ The image of rotting food or riches, moth-eaten garments, rusting gold and silver—depict the temporary and useless nature of worldly goods.
¨ Most of us know that gold does not rust, therefore James was saying that our wealth is actually fool’s gold and it has no eternal value.
¨ The rich hoard their wealth and rather than help the needy, they allow such goods to rot.
¨ Instead of sharing their wealth with the needy (a response already spoken of as a sign of saving faith in 2:14-16) they hoard it and see it destroyed from lack of use. What makes this doubly tragic is that they do so in the last days and thus underline the folly of their actions.
¨ Question in heaven will not be “how much did you make?” The question will be, “what did you do with what you had?”
¨ What are we NOT able to do b/c of your lack of giving? Day will come when God will shall us “what could have been done if you had given.”
“WHAT SHALL I DO WITH THIS EXCESS?” So wealthy he did not have to sell his produce that year but saved it. He even had goods to store. He was waiting to sell his produce so as not flood the glutted market. But he never put God into the equation. What would God want me to do with this? He never looked around him and asked, how could I help others with this?
Life has value only when it has something valuable as its object.
Citation: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher, 1770-1831
GARAGE SALE—MARKING PRICES ON ITEMS—BEGIN MENTALLY MARKING YOUR POSSESSIONS AS TEMPORARY. THIS WILL NOT LAST—HOW CAN I USE IT FOR ETERNITY?
C. MONEY TESTIFIES–How we GIVE it. V5
YOUR MONEY TESTIFIES TO WHO YOU ARE
- ARE YOU A GENEROUS PERSON BUT GIVE ONLY $300 TO CHARITY . . .. YOU ARE NOT A GENEROUS PERSON
- CLAIM TO BE AN HONEST PERSON BUT CHEAT ON YOUR TAXES . . . YOU ARE NOT AN HONEST PERSON
- A CHURCH CLAIMS TO LOVE KIDS . . . NO $$ BUDGET FOR KIDS & OVERWHELMINGLY FOR CEMETARY FUND . . . CHURCH DOES NOT VALUE KIDS
- A CHURCH CLAIMS TO LOVE THEIR PASTOR . . . BUT STARVES HIM TO DEATH IN PAY. CHURCH DOES NOT LOVE THEIR PASTOR.
The wealth of the rich becomes like a wasting disease.
The wealth indulge themselves and ignore the poor as if the day of slaughter were not only far away but did not exist at all.
¨ Steers were given the finest grain—the more they eat, the quicker they will be led to the slaughterhouse.
¨ Those who guard their wealth and give it only to themselves as blind to the fact that they are headed toward a day of reckoning.
¨ They follow their selfish appetites and are too blind to see that it is to the ruin of relationships or to the ruin of self-respect.
¨ The problem and danger in having wealth lies in the fact that it can cause us to focus our complete attention on THIS world. We may begin to live for this world alone.
According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon faced a unique problem. A number of girls began to use lipstick and put it on in the bathroom. After they put on their lipstick, they pressed their lips to the mirrors leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Finally the principal decided something had to be done. She called the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the custodian. She explained lip prints caused a major problem for the custodian, who had to clean the mirrors every day. To demonstrate how difficult it was, she asked the custodian to clean one of the mirrors. He took out a long-handled brush, dipped it into the toilet, and scrubbed the mirror. Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirrors.
When tempted to sin, if we could only see the real filth we’d be kissing, we wouldn’t be attracted to it.
¨ We have seen that it is not what we guard but what we give that makes us rich. When we guard earthly treasure, it rots, ruins, and rusts.
II. LIKE THE LAW OF GRAVITY—SOWING & REAPING CANNOT BE IGNORED
V11—FARMERS AND SEEN THE OUTCOME OF THE LORD’S DEALINGS
FOR TURKEYS’, IT IS THANKSGIVING
FOR STEERS, IT IS A NEW OUTBACK IN TOWN.
FOR US, IT IS AT OUR DEATH.
When I was a young turkey, new to the coop, My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop, Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow, And he told me there was something that I had to know; His look and his tone I will always remember, When he told me of the horrors of… Black November; “Come about August, now listen to me, Each day you’ll get six meals instead of just three, And soon you’ll be thick, where once you were thin, And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin; “And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed, In’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head; “Then she’ll pluck out all your feathers so you’re bald ‘n pink, And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink; “And then comes the worst part” he said not bluffing, “She’ll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with stuffing”. Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat, I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat, And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked, I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked; I began a new diet of nuts and granola, High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola; And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes, I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes; I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half, And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed; But ’twas I who was laughing, under my breath, As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death; And sure enough when Black November rolled around, I was the last turkey left in the entire compound; So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap; I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap; She held me today, while sewing and humming, And smiled at me and said “Christmas is coming…”
YOU CANNOT AVOID THE INEVITABLE EVEN IF YOU ARE OBLIVIOUS TO IT.
A DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THOSE WHO HOARD THEIR MONEY & THEIR POSSESSIONS AND KEEP IT ALL TO THEMSELVES IS COMING.
III. YOU HAVE MORE POWER THAN YOU THINK YOU DO
V7 BE PATIENT
- POWER LIES IN HIS PATIENCE AND ABILITY TO ENDURE
- We are naturally an impatient person. We want to get to the bottom line. Patience has to be worked on and matured.
- The Lord sets us in scenarios so we have to hone the skill of patience. Since patience is something we have to work on we put that same scenario on God.
- We feel we get irritable with others, we feel God must be the same as we are. Somehow God is fed up with us and irritated with us.
- You cannot wear God out. He is full and complete. Everything we need god already is. He does not need to develop and mature in His patience. God has our back.
- 1 Timothy talks about Gods patience. He is slow to anger. Of all the things Paul wants Timothy to get it is the grand patience of God. Gods patience is sufficient for me.
- 1 Timothy 1:16. Jesus may demonstrate his perfect patience. Patience that God has is 100% perfect. You cannot escape Gods patience and it has us covered. Just in case we are not sure, paul says look at me…chief of all sinners.
- Paul did not give us his sin resume. We might become distracted by his resume. We don’t have time because of our own sin resume. God can deliver us.
- We have our own sin resume. When we look in the mirror is a demonstration of Gods patience. Before the foundation of the world God has this appointment on his schedule.. God has been wooing us to Himself. “For this reason. … “.
- This will free us to live abundantly. 1 Timothy 1:15. Christ came Into the world to save sinners. In case you are wondering if He has enough patience, see your salvation.
IV. Demystify Giants
THE RICH ARE NOT ALL THEY THINK THEY ARE
David & Goliath from Malcolm Gladwell new book
- Story of David & Golaith. 1100 BC. ENEMY of the Israelites are the Philistines. Highlands and ridges. Strategic areas. Take right up one of the valleys. Philistines March up the valley of Elam. Two armies are looking at each other from the ridges. Finally to break the deadlock philistines send out their giant, Goliath. He taunts Israelites. Israelites say he is too big. David is ready to Do it. Saul offers him he armor and David turns him down. Giant sees little David and taunts him. He is insulted. David says I come in the name of The Lord almighty. He tells this story in the beginning of his book because popular culture tells the story wrong. A completely Bizarre occurrence. David is the underdog because of their weapons.
- “All David has is a sling.” Wrong. David was a slinger and not a child’s toy. When the rock left the swing massive speed, Rock is equal to 45 caliber handgun. Accuracy. David has the means and opportunity to string Goliath dead. Slingers were routinely successful. Goliath is heavy infantry. Key phrase is “come to me” for hand to hand combat. Saul acting on same assumption by offering David his weapons. David takes this devasting weapon of a sling shot. Goliath does not stand a chance. Limber kid with superior technology and filled with the spirit of the world was superior. The Lord looks on the heart. Look at the heart and David is the favorite. We underestimate the heart.
- We misunderstand Goliath. He is led down by the valley by a guide. Why does he need an attendant?? Mention of how slowly Goliath moves. Why does it take him so long to figure out what David is up to. David not dressed for single combat.
- Golaith seems oblivious David is a slinger. David does not have sticks. Only one.
- Golaith may have had something very wrong with him. A BENIGN tumor in pituitary gland– ACROMEGALY disease. Andre the Giant had it. Sometimes the tumor causes real problems with vision. Profoundly near sited.
- He is led by an attendant because he needs a visual guide because he cannot see David. Key phrase is “come to me.” Am I dog you would come to me with stickS. David only had one stick.
- Very thing Goliath was so intimidated it was the very source of his weakness.
- Giants are not always what they seem. Someone filled with the spirit of The Lord is not an underdog.
- Our weaknesses are our opportunities for greatest learning. People always start a story with their weaknesses.
- David is marked by his refusal to be passive and he is the only one who does not underestimate the power of his faith.
- Tragedy rightly calls faith into question, but it also affirms faith.
- It is good news that we are not the random byproducts of a meaningless universe, but rather creations of a loving God who wants to live with us forever.
- That “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” in order to reconcile with his rebellious creation. That by entering our world, the Son took on our sufferings and temptations, demonstrating in person that nothing—not even death—can separate us from the love of God.
- PHILLIP YANCEY sometimes challenge college students to find an argument against God—whether in the classical atheists such as Voltaire, Bertrand Russell, and David Hume, or in contemporary ones such as Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—that does not appear in the Bible, in books such as Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah.
- “You are free to reject God and the way this world runs,” I tell students tempted to do just that. “Yet I for one respect a God who both gives us the freedom to reject him, let alone to crucify his Son, and includes the words of rejection in our Scriptures.”
William Frey, retired Episcopal bishop from Colorado, told the following story in a message on the power of God at work in us:
When I was a younger man, I volunteered to read to a degree student named John who was blind. One day I asked him, “How did you lose your sight?”
“A chemical explosion,” John said, “at the age of thirteen.”
“How did that make you feel?” I asked.
“Life was over. I felt helpless. I hated God,” John responded. “For the first six months I did nothing to improve my lot in life. I would eat all my meals alone in my room. One day my father entered my room and said, ‘John, winter’s coming and the storm windows need to be up—that’s your job. I want those hung by the time I get back this evening or else!’
“Then he turned, walked out of the room and slammed the door. I got so angry. I thought Who does he think I am? I’m blind! I was so angry I decided to do it. I felt my way to the garage, found the windows, located the necessary tools, found the ladder, all the while muttering under my breath, ‘I’ll show them. I’ll fall, then they’ll have a blind and paralyzed son!'”
John continued, “I got the windows up. I found out later that never at any moment was my father more than four or five feet away from my side.”
Citation: William Frey, “When Words Come To an End,” Message delivered at BeesonDivinitySchool, Birmingham, Alabama (July 2003); submitted by Van Morris, Mt. Washington, Kentucky