by John Barnett

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How to Avoid Rusting Our Soul with a Corroded Life (33 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 5:1-6

Turn in your Bibles to James 5:1-6. I want you to follow along as I read them. As you open there, you are opening to the first book that was written in the New Testament before the Apostles wrote the Gospels, before Paul began writing his Epistles. The first church at Jerusalem, the first pastor of that church was the Lord’s own brother James. He of course is the first one to address the dangers that that fledgling church-numbering in the thousands-was going to face. He did that by telling them what an authentic Christian looks like. As I read verses 1-6 we are looking at-listen to this carefully-how to avoid rusting our souls by having a corroded life. You say what does that mean? Well that’s what James is talking about--- now here in Tulsa you might not think of it but I grew up in the north country and if you didn’t wash the salt out and if you didn’t protect the inside of your car--- those hollow spaces where water seeps in--- if that ice preventing salt got in and you didn’t do anything about it pretty soon your whole car corroded. My car-you used to be able to see to the ground when you were sitting in it and when you went over mud puddles the water splashed in because it was corroded. In the trunk you could see the gas tank. It’s just an amazing thing to have a corroded car. It’s a deadly thing to have a corroded soul. Listen to what James says starting in verse 1:

1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon 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 workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. ...

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