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  • CAPTUREDBY THEIMMEDIATEJAMES CHAPTER FIVEblinded tothe ultimate
  • 1Come now, those who are rich,weep and moan over the miseries that are going tocome upon you.2Your riches have rotted awayand your clothing has become moth-eaten.3Your gold and your silver have corrodedand the fact that they are rusty is evidence againstyouand will eat away at your flesh like fire.You have stored up earthly treasure in the last days.
  • 4Behold, the wages that you failed to pay thosewho harvested your fields are crying out againstyou.And the cries of the harvesters are being heardin the ears of the Lord Almighty.5You have lived upon this earth in luxury andself-indulgence.All you have done is to fatten yourselves for theday of slaughter.6You have condemned and killed innocentpeople who were powerless to resist.
  • 7For this reason be patient, brothers, until thecoming of the Lord.The farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth.He patiently waits for it until the time of the earlyand latter rains.8You should be patient in the same way.Strengthen your hearts because the coming of theLord is drawing near. 9Brothers do not grumbleagainst one another so that you will not becondemned.Behold, the judge is standing at the door.
  • 10Brothers, take an example from the way theprophets who spoke in the name of the Lord -the way they suffered and endured withpatience.11We deem those who have endured like this asblessed people.You have heard of job’s perseveranceand you saw what the Lord finally broughtabout.The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
  • 12Above all things, brothers do not take oaths,neither by heaven nor the earth nor anythingelse.Just let your “Yes” but yes and your “No” be noso that you will not come under condemnation.
  • WHO ARE THE ‘RICH’ PEOPLE ANDWHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
  • Captivated by the present and blindedto the ultimateweep and moan over themiseries that are going tocome upon you.Their preoccupation withgaining and sustainingwealth has robbed themof the opportunity to seeearthly wealth in the lightof eternal well being
  • Investing in ultimate values2Your riches have rotted awayand your clothing has becomemoth-eaten.3Your gold and your silver havecorrodedand the fact that they are rusty isevidence against youand will eat away at your fleshlike fire.You have stored up earthlytreasure in the last days.• Riches have rotted• Clothing has been ruined• Gold and silver corroded• The awareness will horrify you• Stored wealth will have novalue
  • Gaining at the expense of others4Behold, the wages that you failed topay those who harvested your fieldsare crying out against you.And the cries of the harvesters arebeing heard in the ears of the LordAlmighty.5You have lived upon this earth inluxury and self-indulgence.All you have done is to fattenyourselves for the day of slaughter.6You have condemned and killedinnocent people who werepowerless to resist.• Ripped other people off in orderto gain more for yourself• Unaware that the cries of thevictims are heard in heaven andpart of ultimate reality is theexposure of injustice and theestablishment of true justice• Deceived by a culture thathonours self indulgence• Immune to the fact that thislifestyle can only be maintainedby others being destroyed.
  • AND THE ALTERNATIVE IS………
  • Live NOW…… as THEN7For this reason bepatient, brothers, until the coming ofthe Lord.The farmer waits for the preciousfruit of the earth.He patiently waits for it until thetime of the early and latter rains.8You should be patient in the sameway.Strengthen your hearts because thecoming of the Lord is drawing near.9Brothers do not grumble againstone another so that you will not becondemned. Behold, the judge isstanding at the door.• Live in the Presencerather than living in thepresent• Sow for the Harvest notfor the Immediate• Measure yourself by theopinion of heavenrather than the earth.
  • Live by REVELATION not by REASON10Brothers, take an example fromthe way the prophets who spoke inthe name of the Lord - the way theysuffered and endured with patience.11We deem those who have enduredlike this as blessed people.You have heard of job’s perseveranceand you saw what the Lord finallybrought about.The Lord is full of compassion andmercy.• Live fully according towhat you know God hassaid.• Don’t measure sufferingas disapproval• Look for the harvest• Trust the compassionand mercy of God
  • Live by covenant, not by contract12Above all things, brothers do nottake oaths,neither by heaven nor the earth noranything else.Just let your “Yes” but yes and your“No” be noso that you will not come undercondemnation.
  • 3 THINGS TO AVOIDlike the plague1. Allowing the immediate toblind you to the ultimate.2. Refusing to put value inthings that will come tonothing3. Refusing to gain foryourself at the expense ofothers.3 THINGS THAT WORKto make it happen1. Live now by the values ofeternity [heaven].2. Live by revelation not byreason3. Live by covenant not bycontract
  • 3 THINGS TO DO1. I am going to review……………2. I am going to practice……………….3. I am going to tell…………………