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The Response of the Faithful
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
Today's sermon is the last sermon in our series, "Christian Living in Today's World. In the beginning of this series I mentioned that James was a manual for living. It is an instruction book that gives us directions on how we should live as Christians while the world around us chooses other alternatives and self-ambitious pursuits. Today's text is the last bit of instruction that James writes to the churches spread over the Gentile world outside of Judea.
I. Reacting to Circumstances
There are several circumstances in the first part of our passage today. There are also certain prescriptions that are prescribed by James as spiritual medicine for the church.
James 5:13 (NASB95)
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
The first thing we see is a contrast between the suffering and the happy. It is a well known fact that everyone doesn't wake up and have the same day. Not everyone is happy at the same time and not everyone is suffering at the same time.
If the circumstances that you are in happen to be pretty glum and you are suffering most likely you are not going to be singing happy songs everywhere you go or whistling a happy tune, especially when you don't have a solution or answer to your suffering.
It is at this moment when we have hit a wall and we are oppressed, saddened, hurt, discouraged that God tells us to come to him in prayer. Why? Because,
- You need someone to talk to and He wants to listen.
- You need someone who can understand and He can.
- You need answers that only He can give.
- You need real comfort not a fake, "I hope things will be O.K." from someone.
- You don't need opinions from everyone you need direction that only God can give.
- You need the power that moves mountains that only God possesses.
We don't come to God in prayer be ...
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