“Now listen” – If only I would truly listen to the Lord, what a difference it would make in my life.
“Weep and wail because of the misery that is coming up on you.” – Jesus’ while here on earth completely lived for God and others. How much better would our lives be if we completely lived for God and others? When was the last time you wept and wailed over the sin in your life? When was the last time you wept and wailed over that which breaks the heart of God? For me, the answer is too long on both accounts.
“Be patient.” – The definition of patient – bearing pains or trials calmly, without complaint. Oh my, calmly, without complaint -not one of my strong suits. I’m not sure the word patient has even made it into my vocabulary.
“Be patient and stand firm.”- Standing firm implies holding fast to the word of God; We don’t waver in what we know the Truth to say. Last but certainly not least, to stand firm means one resists the devil and his schemes. We hunker down, we fight back, and we resist. When we remember who owns the battle we are able to be patient and stand firm.
“Don’t grumble against each other.” – Now this one just takes all the fun out of life 🙂 How much happier we might be if we weren’t busy grumbling about others. Every time we grumble about others or situations, it only serves to bring discontentment into our life.
“Do not swear not by heaven or by earth or by anything else.’ “Let your “Yes,” be yes, and your “No,” no,” Our word should never return void. Our testimony should be such that when we say yes, it means yes, and when we say no, that is just what it means no. We should have no need to swear by heaven or earth to prove our word is true. Integrity in word and deed!
“Is any of you in trouble? He should pray.” Prayer should be my 1st line of defense and very often it becomes my last.
“Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” Praise comes from a grateful heart – a heart full of thanks for what God has done; what God has provided; Our hearts should bubble over with praise for the beauty and splendor of our world. Can you remember the last time your heart sang songs of praise? Perhaps we’re not singing because we’re not seeing.
“Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” Sadly, many churches today do not recognize this as a viable option. Many who take on the elder role in the congregation do not possess the faith to believe their prayers can ignite God’s healing power. A thought just struck me as I write this today, “What if the term elders here could be translated those elderly in the Word?” In other words, those mature in Christ? Just a thought. As for me, when I am sick, I call on anyone and everyone who I know will pray; God always answers
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” You’ve heard the term confession is good for the soul; confession is good for your health physically, spiritually and mentally.
“The prayer of a righteous man (one who is in right standing with God) is powerful and effective.” As believers, if we could truly wrap our minds around this concept and have the faith of a mustard seed, our prayers would be powerful and effective. When we remember it is not us who has the power and it’s not us who brings about effectiveness, then our mustard seed faith is transformed into some mighty works for God. Effective prayer brings about healing, it transforms lives and it causes change to take place in our world! Oh, if we would only believe!
Until next time,
All Scripture quoted was taken from the Book of James Chapter 5 – NIV