Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Book of James – Part 13: The Stumbling Block


The Book of James – Part 13:
The Stumbling Block
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

We spoke last week about those who follow their own will, in contrast to seeking God’s will.  Those who put their desires in the helm to lead them to the riches and wealth they long for.  They boast and brag, not only about what they have, but about what they will also acquire.

The scripture says that “to him who knows to do good (God’s Will), and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

This week we are looking at what James has to say about those who have acquired their riches through deceit and fraud, those who have lied and cheated to get what they have, and then used their riches to walk all over others.

The Lord made it clear that He came to set captives free, and if anyone is trying to imprison those whom He has set free, this warning is for them.

Matthew 18:6-7
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”

The question today is, “Are you causing a child of God to stumble?”

LAST WEEKS SERMONS
Part 1 - Faith and Wisdom
Part 2 - Poverty and Riches
Part 3 - Endurance
Part 4 - Christian Living
Part 5 - Brotherly Love
Part 6 - Faith and Works
Part 7 - Taming of the Shrewd
Part 8 - True Wisdom
Part 9 - Worldliness
Part 10 - Submit Yourselves to God
Part 11 - Judging Others
Part 12 - The Self-Willed

TODAY’S SERMON
Part 13 - The Stumbling Block


SCRIPTURE READING

James 5:1-6
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”


       I.            WORTHLESS EARTHLY WEALTH
a.      Weep because of the misery that is coming to you
                                                             i.      On earth, and after
                                                          ii.      You believe your earthly wealth has brought you peace and comfort, however misery is coming your way because you did not use it properly, you hoarded it for yourself indulgences.
                                                       iii.      Self-indulgence = feeding your flesh and its desires


b.     Decay, corrosion and rot
                                                             i.      Nothing eternal comes from wealth only things temporal
                                                          ii.      Nothing ever-lasting comes from wealth only things temporary
                                                       iii.      This is why we are called to build our treasures in heaven
                                                         iv.      Matthew 6:19, 20; 13:44, 52; 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 12:33; 18:22
                                                            v.      Because where your treasure is, there your heart will also be...


c.      You will be consumed with corruption
                                                             i.      Not “you may”, but “you will”
                                                          ii.      Why? Because you hoarded it, stole from workers, wasted it on feeding the desires of your flesh


d.     The sign you are in trouble...you hoard your wealth more and more
                                                             i.      Are you talking more and more about what you have?
                                                          ii.      Are you bragging about what you’ve got?
                                                       iii.      Are you boasting about what you are going to get?
                                                         iv.      Are you accounting and counting everything you own?
                                                            v.      Have you become a hoarder?
                                                         vi.      Have you deceived yourself into thinking that bragging or boasting about money somehow equates sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others?
                                                      vii.      Do you find your mind wondering throughout the day on what you need to get, or what you don’t have...yet?


e.      Do not deceive yourself on this matter...if your riches are overpowering you, then it is time to relieve yourself of them.  That was Jesus’ answer to the rich man who wanted to follow Jesus; he could NOT follow Jesus, because his money was more important than Jesus in his life was.

f.       How do we know this about the rich young man?  Because when Jesus told him to sell everything, the scriptures say he “went away sorrowful” (sad, mournful, grief-stricken)

g.      Don’t die a slave to money and earthly possessions. Don’t let the “things” in this world prevent you from living everlasting in the next.


   II.            JUDGMENT AND THE TEST OF FIRE
a.      God Money
                                                             i.      I cannot begin to tell you how sick I am of so-called “Christian Evangelists” selling dollar store crap on TV in the name of Jesus!

                                                          ii.      Jim Bakker should be ashamed! 
1.      His 1-hour daily program peddles buckets of food, water purifier straws, Keto diet kits,  canned food, collagen pills, light bulbs, flashlights, TRI-FOLD SHOVELS... among other retail items.
a.      Using God and His Holy Word to keep from having to pay taxes on his dollar-store QVC

2.      He uses little to no mention of Jesus throughout his program, which looks more like a cheap info-mercial than anything else.
3.      He is STEALING from God’s people.
4.      He is deceiving the innocent.
5.      He is taking advantage of the widows.
6.      He uses fear, mis-information and manipulation to GET MONEY.

b.     There are two judgments coming to the Self-Indulgent rich

                                                             i.      Your consumption by riches-corrupt you in this life
1.      The rich are in constant danger of corruption

2.      If they follow riches, they will be devoured by them

3.      Jesus said, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24

4.      Matthew 6:19-2019 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...”

5.      Why does God say these things?  BECAUSE “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

6.      If you are bragging and boasting about money...that’s what’s overflowing from your heart.  The scripture says, “from the overflow of your heart, your mouth will speak.” Matthew 15:18

7.      The bragger and boaster is already consumed with money, and its corruption is at work here on earth, but in death comes the second judgment!

                                                          ii.      The judgment of the Lord


c.      Malachi 4:11 Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.


d.     I Corinthians 3:11-1311 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. (Judgment Day) It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

                                                             i.      Sometimes the rich try to justify their riches and say it is of God.  But it is clear in scripture, there is only one foundation in faith, and that is Jesus Christ! You cannot build on ANY OTHER FOUNDATION... Not deeds, prosperity, healing ministries, events, missions, fads... How are you preaching Christ when you are peddling Keto-diet starter kits?  How is that salvation?

                                                          ii.      You cannot build upon Jesus Christ with gold, silver or anything else!

                                                       iii.      Those who do use Jesus to justify or obtain riches, or riches as proof of God’s approval or blessing, all of their actions in life will be judged before God on that Great Day!

1.      Riches DO NOT PROVE GOD’S APPROVAL... The pornography industry is a $97 Billion dollar industry.  Your finances prove NOTHING... p.s. you too prosperity preachers.

                                                         iv.      Fire (God’s judgment) will test the quality of each person’s work...everything done in this life for God, will survive and you will receive a reward after judgment.

                                                            v.      Everything done for yourself, for pride, for praise of others, to show off, to brag, to boast, to look good, to impress others, as a means of control, to show off, or to make yourself feel good, to gain riches, take money from others...was not done for the Lord, and that work will burn up, and you will suffer loss. 

1.      You will not lose your salvation (if you are even saved), but any reward you would have received in heaven, you have sacrificed.


III.            LIES, CHEATING AND STEALING FROM THE INNOCENT
a.      James talks about corruption to gain wealth
                                                             i.      Not all wealth is earned honestly
                                                          ii.      In the example we see the rich man was not paying his workers who DID the work

b.     James talks about using and abusing others to gain wealth

c.      Jesus talks about those who abuse His children
                                                             i.       The Lord made it clear that He came to set captives free, and if anyone is trying to imprison those whom He has set free, this warning is for them.

                                                          ii.      Matthew 18:6-7 6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”

                                                       iii.      The question today is, “Are you causing a child of God to stumble?”

                                                         iv.      Are you putting money, the obtaining of money, or anything else before God?

CONCLUSION
We, as God’s children, need to rid ourselves of idols.  Whether it be a false god, or money.  We need to stop focusing on earthly treasures, and stay focused on building our treasures in heaven!  Remove the things from your life that exalt themselves above the Lord.  Otherwise, we may suffer corruption here on earth, and a harsh judgment on the last day!

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Book of James – Part 12: The Self-Willed


The Book of James – Part 12:
The Self-Willed
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

This Document is a Sermon Outline, you may hear the full audio of the actual sermon by following the link Online Audio Files located above for this, and other Full Sermon Audios.  For a complete list of Sermon Outlines, visit TruthDigest.org, or Truth Digest on facebook; for our Official Church website, visit PS127.org, or find us on facebook at House of Faith Church


SERMON INTRODUCTION
Who knows what tomorrow brings, or in which direction they should go?

Why do we as men think that we know what is best for us?

Like children arguing with their parents about what they want, confusing desire for need, we press our will against God’s in our lives, stumbling along the broad path all the while the Holy Spirit awaits, calling from the narrow.

James warns us about the self-willed, and the dangers of bragging and prideful boasting about what we have, where we are going, and how we are going to GET more.

Not only do you not know if you even have a tomorrow, you fail to recognize that your time is short, even if you live full of days!

How does the life of a butterfly compare to that of a mountain? Or the life of a mountain to that of the sun?

Are you using this time to serve God, or selfishly for yourself? Do you make plans based in His will, or what YOU desire to acquire in your life?

James is asking the question we MUST ask ourselves, and ANSWER!

Are the decisions you make in this life based on God’s will (His GOOD and PERFECT WILL), or are they simply based on your will (selfish, self-centered)?

Are you following God, or yourself in this life?

 LAST WEEKS SERMON
Part 1 - Faith and Wisdom
Part 2 - Poverty and Riches
Part 3 - Endurance
Part 4 - Christian Living
Part 5 - Brotherly Love
Part 6 - Faith and Works
Part 7 - Taming of the Shrewd
Part 8 - True Wisdom
Part 9 - Worldliness
Part 10 - Submit Yourselves to God
Part 11 - Judging Others


TODAY’S SERMON
Part 12 - The Self-Willed


SCRIPTURE READING

James 4:13-1713 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”


       I.            GOD’S THREE WILLS OF GOD FOR EVERY PERSON
a.      First will of God - Salvation

                                                             i.      1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

                                                          ii.      John 12:32 “And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.” - The Lord draws us to Him, He has provided Salvation available to ALL!

1.      Once we recognize the need for salvation in our lives (generally brought about by the 10 commands or biblical preaching on sin) we MUST respond appropriately to the call!!
2.      Revelation 3:19-20 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

3.      Jesus is knocking, but have you answered the door and opened it yet?

                                                       iii.      Salvation is simply a process of confessing and believing. A man must confess that Jesus is Lord, which signifies his realization that Christ must have full rule over his life with all of His righteous requirements. This confession of Christ as Lord also assumes that it is Christ who will work and fulfill His own righteousness within man. 

                                                         iv.      Romans 10:9-11 “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”

                                                            v.      Acts 2:38 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"

1.      It is at this point in your walk with Christ the Holy Spirit will begin a work in you.

2.      Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”


b.     Second will of God - Direction for You (Instructed from the Holy Spirit you received at your Salvation)

                                                             i.      Your Will vs. God’s Will

                                                          ii.      He will direct your path in life
1.      Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

                                                       iii.      The Holy Spirit of God will lead you AND equip you for service to Him and His will!
1.      Fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23 (God’s Character/Personality)
2.      Whole Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-18 (For Spiritual Warfare)
3.      Spiritual Gifts - (To equip you to serve God by serving others)

c.      Third will of God - Working through You
                                                             i.      Your Will vs. God’s Will
                                                          ii.      The Fruit of the Spirit draws others to Christ through you
                                                       iii.      The Armor of God protects you during your service from spiritual attacks
                                                         iv.      and the Spiritual gifts are the tools for your service.
                                                            v.      God’s third will is how YOU will serve, specifically to your calling.

d.     And the point of God’s 3 wills?
                                                             i.      To save you, and have you lead others to the same salvation you received!
  

   II.            YOUR TIME IS SHORT, SERVE
a.      You do not know if you even have a tomorrow!

b.     What IS your life?
                                                             i.      Evaluate time, and your place within it

                                                          ii.      Your life is like a vapor in the wind

                                                       iii.      What ARE you doing to serve the Lord’s will?


c.      Instead of boasting and bragging, following YOUR will, you should;
                                                             i.      Ask if it is the Lord’s will (Search, seek Him)

                                                          ii.      “as it is”, you boast and brag about your plans (your will)

                                                       iii.      All this boasting and bragging is evil!
1.      alazoneia - Greek, meaning self-confidence & pride


d.     We generally think of self-confidence as a good thing.
                                                             i.      However, self-confidence means, having confidence in ones self!

                                                          ii.      We need to know that we cannot have confidence in our selves, but rather, we need to put our confidence in GOD alone!

III.            HOW TO SIN
a.      ANYONE (saved or unsaved) who knows the good he ought to do...
                                                             i.      The good you ought to do, is God’s will

                                                          ii.      The Holy Spirit will lead you in this direction

                                                       iii.      however, YOU must chose to walk it’s narrow path


b.     ...and does NOT do it, sins
                                                             i.      Where there is no law, sin is not charged against you.

1.      Romans 5:13 “To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law.”

2.      However, the Holy Spirit speaks God’s will to us, making it known.  When we know this will, (the law of LOVE), and chose it not, we sin.

                                                          ii.      Where there is no obedience, there is no reward.
1.      Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Are you intently seeking Him?

c.      How much are you missing out on in life because you failed to listen to the Holy Spirit give you what was good, and you chose NOT to follow God’s will?

                                                             i.      How much are you missing out on in this life, as well as your eternal life, because you chose;

1.      to brag and boast

2.      be self-confident and prideful

3.      follow YOUR will in life and decisions

4.      How many times did you KNOW what was good, but chose not to do it?

5.      On the other hand, perhaps, you do not even attempt to seek after the Lord to know His will.

                                                          ii.      You say you love the life you are living?
1.      John 12:25 “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

                                                       iii.      What does that mean?
1.      John 12:25 is posing a question to you...do you love YOUR will, if so you will end up losing your eternal life over it.  However, if you hate your own will, trust in the Lord’s will, you will go from self-confident to confidence in the Lord.  THIS is putting your trust in the Lord!

CONCLUSION
James has spoken about keeping our endurance to fight a good fight and resist the temptations in life.  He has explained to us about WHAT Christian living is, and looks like. 

He has told us about Brotherly Love, and how to avoid worldliness. James tells us in the previous few verses that we need to submit ourselves to God’s will, and not be self-willed.

You are saved?  Good!  Now listen to the Holy Spirit give you the will of God for direction in your life AND follow that narrow path! In doing so, as you follow God’s direction in your life, THEN He will use you to bring others into the Kingdom of God!

So many times people pray to be used, but they themselves are not obedient, and do not DO the good they know to do. Your time is short, but a vapor in the wind.  Seek the Lord and He will reveal His will to you.  Obey it, and He will reward you in this life and the next.  Follow YOUR will, and you will find yourself in desperate times in this life, and if you do not change, you will find yourself lost for eternity after you die.


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