|James 4 (NKJV™)
|Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
|You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
|You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
|Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
|Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"?
|But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
|Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
|Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
|Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
|Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
|Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
|There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
|Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
|whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
|Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
|But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
|Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
|James 5 (NKJV™)
|Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!
|Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.
|Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.
|Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
|You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.
|You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.
|Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
|You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
|Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
|My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.
|Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
|But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.
|Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
|Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
|And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
|Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
|Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
|And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
|Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,
|let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The book of James calls believers to put feet to their faith. Known mostly for the verse "Faith without works is dead" (2:26), James perfectly describes the relationship between action and belief that should naturally flow from true Christianity. In this series, Pastor Skip Heitzig takes a look at this challenging book and how it should affect the everyday life of a Jesus follower.
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