Do You Hear from the Lord?
INTRODUCTION: Review vv.1-4. James speaks of trials his church family were facing.
vv. 6-8 He calls them to trust God (commit yourself to Him)
vv. 9-11 Calls for humility in light of a life of brevity and a certain death facing all
vv. 12-16 You will be tempted, but understand God is not the Source
vv. 17-18 Acknowledgment of God's goodness and grace in light of His promises and provision of salvation through the Word of Truth
The Bible is available in more than 1,800 languages, and yet someone has observed that the worst dust storm in history would happen if all church members who were neglecting their Bible dusted them off simultaneously.
This passage is central on the importance and priority of God's word. We are to listen to God's word, be slow to speak upon hearing it, and even slower to get angry from what we hear.
''A New England teacher quizzed a group of college-bound high school juniors and seniors on the Bible. The quiz preceded a 'Bible as Literature' class he planned to teach at what was generally considered one of the better schools in the nation. Among the more unusual answers from these students were, 'Sodom and Gomorrah were lovers,' and 'Jezebel was Ahab's donkey.'
Other students thought that the four horsemen appeared on the Acropolis; that the New Testament Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luther, and John; that Eve was created from an apple; and that Jesus was baptized by Moses.
The answer that took the misinformation prize was given by a fellow who was academically in the top 5 percent of his class. The question, 'What was Golgotha?' The answer, 'Golgotha was the name of the giant who slew the apostle David.'
In case you think this is an isolated instance of biblical illiteracy, let me quote the findings of a recent Gallup Poll:
'Eighty-two percent of Americans believe that the Bible is either the literal or 'inspired' Word of God...more than half said they ...
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