The Benefits Are Great!
The Benefits Are Great!
James 1:9-16 – 9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements. 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. (New Living Translation)
A Good Self-Image
The person in humble circumstances who accepts Jesus is raised to many heights.
- The person has a new _________________
Luke 21:15 – For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (New International Version)
- The person has a new ___________________
Proverbs 8:17-21 – 17 “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. 18 I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice. 19 My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! 20 I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. 21 Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries. (New Living Translation)
- The person has a new ____________________________
Isaiah 64:6 – We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. . . . (New Living Translation)
Zechariah 3:4 – Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” (New King James Version)
Colossians 3:12-14 – 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (New Living Translation)
The person of wealth who accepts Jesus receives an entirely new perspective
- The person receives a new outlook on _______________
- The person receives a new perspective on their _____________________________
All of Us Are Under Pressure
- The poor are tempted to ______________________ God because they have so little
- The rich are tempted to _______________________ God because they have so much
James 1:12 – Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (New Living Translation)
2 Timothy 4:7-8 – 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. (New Living Translation)
1 Peter 5:4 – And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. (New Living Translation)
This message was shorten and will be complete next week.