Like Jodi said in her blog, I basically want to highlight the whole book of James because it’s so short, sweet, and right to the point. But instead I tried picking out what spoke to me the most, so here is the blog on James 3:13-5:20
In James 3:13-18, James touches on two kinds of wisdom: earthly and heavenly. I love this mainly because it ties in so much to this past week at BigStuf and it paints the picture of the war that we are at. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that we need to be sober-minded and watchful because the devil roams around like a lion looking for something to devour. The devil’s deceitfulness lies within earthly wisdom and he looks to devour us through the things of this world. A lot of times we find ourselves thinking that we are pursuing something great, but in reality we are leaning in our own understanding and giving into earthly passions or wisdoms. This is similar to what Stuart talked about..How do we guard our hearts from the things of this world? How do we guard our hearts from earthly wisdoms? We stray away from the things of this world, dive into God’s love story, and we become peacemakers, who sow in peace, and raise a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18). Now that is some heavenly wisdom y’all!
James 4-5 talks about submitting ourselves to God. I really like these two chapters because he doesn’t just talk about submission through one thing, but instead, making it a lifestyle. We as Christians need to come together as the body of Christ. In doing this we need to stay humble, throw out any quarrels or barriers between one another, and go to God in prayer every chance we get. We are to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other so that we may be healed. He goes on to tell us that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Come on!! WE are all the hands and feet of Jesus, but without the body, this becomes nearly impossible. With submission to Christ this allows God to work in us and to work together. I once read a quote, “God inhabits the praise of his people.” I believe and have seen that the more we submit to Him and worship God through our lives, the more he dwells in our hearts. And this leads me to one of my favorite verses. I’m going to begin closing with James 4:8. It says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” All three of these chapters talk briefly on pride, submission, prayer, quarrels, and troubles, but to me, conquering all these things is impossible without this verse. So many times I find myself trying to lean on my own understanding or seek someone for advice rather than seeking out God first. But if we are submitting ourselves to God, if we are making this our main priority, if we are coming near to Him, he won’t fail us. He will dwell in us. He will change the desires of our heart and give us heavenly wisdom. In doing this we become peacemakers, who sow in peace, and raise a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18). So, I hope on the days when you feel so far away from God, that you draw near to him because he’s waiting with open arms to come near to you. And he is faithful.
So OBterns, church, let him continue to dwell in your heart as you submit to him so that we can be the body of Jesus.
Love you guys!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, because he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. -Ephesians 3:14-17