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Wealth Used Wisely (9 of 11)
Series: James - Living Life
Background: The Jewish people have been scattered because of persecution. They are now living abroad in foreign countries. They are experiencing some challenging times and James is writing to encourage them. James does not spend much time in teaching doctrine but rather in how our Christian Faith should be lived out.
James in this portion of scripture points out the misuse of Wealth. He is crying out against those that have used their wealth to oppress and to take advantage of the poor and needy. He is sounding a warning to all of us who use our Resources the Wrong Way!
Key: WEALT IS NOT CONDEMNED BUT USING WEALTH THE WRONG WAY!
I. James Addressing Rich People With A Warning
A. Look here you Rich People
1. Notice he does not use Brothers and Sisters.
2. He seems to be addressing those outside of the Christian Faith.
3. These are Wealthy land owners who believe they should have special treatment because they are wealthy.
Key Pt: One must be careful that wealth does not give one a sense of superiority over others because of the accumulation of possessions!
B. Here comes the warning
1. Weep and groan - this is not an indication of changing because of truth, but because a great judgment is coming.
2. It is indicative of remorse in face of judgment.
C. Terrible Troubles ahead of you
1. This is the trouble that wealth used the wrong way will bring to you.
2. This is going to cause them incredible trouble now and at the Judgment of God when they face eternity.
II. What Misused Riches Will Do V. 2 - 3
A. Riches and Wealth will eventually vanish
1. Your wealth is rotting away
2. Your fine clothes are moth eaten rags.
3. Gold and silver become worthless
Key Pt: Nothing material in this world will last forever. These rich were putting their TRUST in the wealth of this world.
The Bible speaks to this in I Timothy 6:17
B. The very wealth ...
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