Sunday School 1/13/2019 – Submit to God – James

Sunday School 1/13/2019 – Submit to God – James

This lesson continues the message from James 3:13-18 where we learn:

  • True wisdom shows itself in humility – a modest view of one’s own importance

 

  • The opposite of this wise humility is bitter jealousy – a resentful anger towards others because of their abilities, advantages or achievements – and selfish ambition – a strong desire to do something that does not take into account the needs of others

 

  • Jealousy & Selfishness are stated as being earthly, un-spiritual, & demonic

 

  • But the wisdom that comes from God is Pure, Peace-Loving, & Gentle at ALL times. And as God’s people we are to be Peacemakers – who in Matthew 5:9 are called Blessed & Children of God.

James then addresses the cause for the quarrels going on in the church which are evil desires. Desires are simply the things we want. He is writing to the Church in Jerusalem which was predominately Jewish. As the first recipients of The Law, we can assume they already knew that desiring another man’s wife or another sister’s furniture was sinful and not acceptable to God. James could have been referring to those types of things but I believe he was getting at something else.

As humans we desire basic things like food, clothing, & shelter. We desire to further our education and to work in a certain field. We may desire a spouse and children. We may desire to start a business or run for public office. We may have a desire to go into ministry or to serve as a missionary.

All of these things are good. Indeed the bible says of our desires:

  • Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  • Psalm 145:16 – You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
  • Psalm 145:19 – He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

So the next question is what makes a desire Evil?

I believe what James is telling us based on his previous conversation in Chapter 3, is that our desires become evil when we don’t humbly submit or surrender them to God.

You want something that you see someone else has but you don’t – in humility- surrender it and the getting of it to God. You get upset when you see someone with the thing you want – whether it’s a spouse, or a business, or a certain type job, or even if it’s an experience like traveling to far-away places. You then decide to try to get it yourself – by any means necessary. You don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask – your motives are wrong. You only want what will give you pleasure.

James next connects our use of worldly tactics to get what we want to befriending the world and making ourselves an enemy of God. Obviously those in the church who were doing this were not aware of the severity of what they were doing so James connects the dots for them and calls them to repent.

So how should we as Christians handle our desires?

By surrendering them to God in prayer and allowing Him to fulfill them according to his will. It’s the enemy who attempts to deceive us into thinking either 1) that nothing is more important than what we want or 2) that God doesn’t have anything good for us:

  • Psalm 34:10b – “but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing”
  • Psalm 84:11b – “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”
  • Luke 12:32 – In Red, Jesus says “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”
  • Romans 8:32 – “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

 

Sunday School – The Call of Isaiah

Sunday School – The Call of Isaiah

Where are we in History?

In the last days of the divided kingdom of Israel (Northern 10 tribes) and Judah (southern Judah & Benjamin)

What was happening?

  • King Uzziah who had had an overall glorious 50+ year reign as King of Judah but was now in his final years having been stricken with leprosy due to pride
  • Assyria was on the scene as the major threat to the security of Israel & Judah. Isaiah was alive during their invasion of the Northern Tribes in 722.

About Isaiah

  • Isaiah was King Uzziah’s great-grandson
  • He was called to be a prophet to the smaller southern kingdom of Judah which included both tribes of Judah & Benjamin
  • Isaiah’s work spanned the reigns of four kings in Judah – Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Jotham, Hoshea
  • Isaiah helped to prevent Judah’s captivity and exile by Assyria when the Assyrian king Sennacherib invaded the land during Hezekiah’s reign (2Kings 17-20, 2Chronicles 26-32, Isaiah 36-39).

What is God saying to us today?

  • God is establishing a pattern in dealing with His people
    • The Call
    • The Cleansing
    • The Commission
  • God’s call has nothing to do with us and EVERYTHING to do with His divine will
    • Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
    • Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • God is responsible for The Call but we are responsible for The Response
    • Matthew 22:14 – For many are called, but few are chosen. Why ? because we don’t respond in repentance
    • O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not – Matthew 22:37
  • God is not into making superstars and celebrities, he’s looking for workers, servants
    • But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. – Matthew 23:11
    • Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many – Matt 20:28
  • Committ Yourself to God’s Call for You
    • All of God’s callings are honorable
    • Wherever you are today – that’s God’s call for you for this time!
    • But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. – 1 Cor 12:18
    • Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? – 1 Cor 12:29 – 30
    • Whether God’s call for you is to be a a stay-at-home mother, a business owner, a teacher or volunteer with MIFA, to sing in the choir, Sunday school teacher, to work on the food committee, whether you like your current job or are looking for another one, whatever your assignment is – commit to it
    • Remember Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Recognize God’s Universal Callings

The Call to Believe

Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 2 Chronicles 20:20

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved – Acts 16:31 – Paul & Silas told the jailer after their miraculous release

  1. Love God – Thou shall love the lord thy god with all of your heart, soul, might, & strength
  2. Fear God & Keep His Commandments
  3. Recognize that there is a God and He has sent us a Savior in Jesus Christ

The Call to Community

Loving others as we love ourselves

The Call to Good Works

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

Sunday School Lesson – A Father’s Love, A Balanced Relationship

Sunday School Lesson – A Father’s Love, A Balanced Relationship

A Father’s Love: A Balanced Relationship

Prov 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes

In 1 Samuel 7:14 & 15 – The Lord tells David through Nathan the prophet that his son will be the one to build the temple. He then says “and I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

Jer 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you says God, plans of good and not of evil to give you a future and a hope

Jer 31:13 – I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

Jer 31:20 – “Is not Israel still my son, my darling child?” says the LORD. “I often have to punish him, but I still love him. That’s why I long for him and surely will have mercy on him.

Jer 31:36-37 – “I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!” Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them away for the evil they have done.

  • How much of the problems we’re seeing today are the result of children not having a balanced relationship with their Father or Mother
  • Out of balance on either side causes problems – Leave out the discipline you get spoiled, unruly people – leave out the love you get

An Inside Job – It’s All About Jesus

Jer 31:33 & 34 – “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

Old – Tablets of Stone // New – Written in our hearts

  • Hebrews 12:24 – Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new & living covenant
  • John 1:12 – And as many as received Him, gave He the power to become the sons of God and to enter into this new covenental relationship of Father & Child that God wants to have with us
  • Knowing God is not dependent upon vast intellectual genius but of a relationship with Him – walking with him day by day.
  • When you live with a person you learn their character, how they speak and act. When others tell you things about that person that don’t mesh with what you know you can’t receive it – we say “that don’t sound like her”