A Fruitful Faith

A Fruitful Faith

 
 

James 5:1-20

 
 

You know, I think we got it all wrong here on Earth. We often talk a good game about faith; but when push comes to shove, we’re living for here. Our hearts are more interested in seeing what we can accumulate on Earth rather than storing up good things in Heaven. Does that mean we should live like untouchables? NO! There ARE no untouchables with God. Each person is special in His eyes and He provides for each person according to his/ her faith. So you say “why does God let people suffer?” It is not God’s desire that people suffer, they suffer not necessarily because of their sin, but the sin of others as well. God wants the rich to help provide for the poor voluntarily, because they need it. A fruitful faith is one that works and gives, not just for the self but for others. That sounds like communism to me, you might say. No! that is not the case. Giving that is mandated, is not giving…it’s taking…communism in practicality always justifies taking. That is just as wrong as not giving.

 
 

A fruitful faith gives as the Lord has given to that person and that person should share. Additionally, the poor should share too. Share what? Whatever they have. The poor are able to make things with the things they are given by God and others. Those things should be shared as well. It is giving not taking that is the ultimate equalizer. God gives to us through His grace and as we receive, whether rich OR poor, we should share with others.

 
 

But, what if we are suffering? why should we give? We should pray and give as if we are not poor, because it gladdens the heart and makes us feel empowered. God, as we thank Him for what He has supplied, then empowers others to give more. The idea is not to hold onto the things of the world as if it was all we have. To do that denies the Sovereignty of our God who owns everything. It implies He will not provide.

 
 

Therefore, as James says, confess your sins one to another and look to Him for your sustenance. Make sure, whether rich or poor, you are not storing things up in your heart that say He will not provide.

 
 

The fervent prayer of a righteous man or woman availeth much. God wants humble servants who trust HIM, not material things. So how fruitful is your faith?

SYNT

 
 

 
 

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Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, online, via teleconference.  The person to call when your faith hits the wall. Sign up for a Free Newsletter! www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

A Fruitful Faith:

Questions:

 
 

Read James 5, verses 1-20

 
 

In verses 1-6

 
 

1. What are some of the warnings James gives to the rich?

2. Name the kinds of treasures James says, they are storing up.

3. What can happen to those treasures?

4. What does 1Tim 5:6 say about this behavior?

5. What would be a better way to live?

6. Why?

 
 

In verses 7-12

 
 

7. When we suffer, should we look for riches on Earth?Why or why not?

8. What are some Earthly treasures that are worthwhile?

9. What should our reaction to poverty or trial be?

10. Why are we encouraged to stay steadfast?

 
 

In verses 13-20

 
 

11. What should the prayer of the suffering be?

12. Why?

13. In verses 1-20, do the bible really teach that a lack of prosperity is due to sin?

14. Why not?

15. Discuss the idea of the Sovereignty of God and the dependency of man on His grace.

You may reprint this article in your newsletter or blog as long as you include the following:

 

Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, online, via teleconference.  The person to call when your faith hits the wall. Sign up for a Free Newsletter! www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

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