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Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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Be people of prayer
James 5:13-18
God hears his people when they pray, and God is merciful. So confess your sins and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
Shared December 5th, 2016; Updated December 5th, 2016
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In suffering and cheerfulness, lift your voice to God. And confess your sins to one another, so that you may be healed.
James 5:13-18
Is anyone among you suffering?
Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful?
Let him v sing praise.
Is anyone among you sick?
Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him,
w anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick,
and the Lord will raise him up.
And x if he has committed sins,
he will be forgiven.
Therefore, y confess your sins to one another
and pray for one another,
z that you may be healed.
a The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 1
Elijah was a man b with a nature like ours,
and c he prayed fervently that it might not rain,
and for d three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
e Then he prayed again,
and heaven gave rain,
and the earth bore its fruit.
I think my natural response when I suffer is to grumble, and my natural response when cheerful is to be complacent. In this passage, James directs a different response: to live purposefully oriented towards God. When suffering, pray. When in good spirits, sing praise. Don't drift along as though God was not present. This should be our posture as individuals and as a fellowship of believers, supporting one another. We should not ignore the reality of residual sin, and we should be ready to confess it to one another. We do this knowing that God is merciful, and knowing that he hears ordinary people who earnestly look to him. His purpose is to bring healing through confession and prayer. Note: A couple of other observations: a. Surely God wants his people to be spiritually whole / healthy (John 10:10), yet o ngoing sin is a reality ( 1 John 1:8-9 ). God's uses confession and prayer, among the brothers and sisters, as a means to provide healing. b. "Heaven gave rain and the earth bore fruit" is a reminder of Isaiah 55:10-11. God uses prayer and the implanted word (James 1:21) in the lives of his people.
Andy Hubert
I think my natural response when I suffer is to grumble, and my natural response when cheerful is to be complacent.
Sadly, this can be true. But it is so good when it is not!
Rob Elphick
Thanks Andy, this is a very helpful comment! We can become accustomed to certain sinful patterns, and need to be shown the better way.
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