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 | |

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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?

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


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.”

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!

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 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!

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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