James- Day 53

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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.5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and tluxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.  6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.  James 5:4-6

The rich people James was warning got their wealth by using other people through fraud and unfair treatment.  James tells them that God loves the people they have used.  He has noticed and will respond.  When we defraud and use people we should know that even if it seems like we’ll get away with it,  God knows about it.  In fact, James goes on to say, “You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.”  After robbing and oppressing other to accumulate their wealth, these rich people spent the rest of their life passionately pursuing their own desires.  The idea talked about here of “the day of slaughter” is a very descriptive metaphor of the judgment of God.  We are always “blessed to be a blessing.”  These rich people thought that their extra was for them, and that because they could then they should.  The oppressive rich were using the political and judicial powers and influence to continue to gain their wealth.  They had to make wrong right to be able to continue to heap wealth.

Application:       Know this:  Unrighteous gain  leads to unrighteous living and the consequences of unrighteous living & the judgment of God.  Is there someone you have used, abused, or  lied to in order to get something from them.  The best thing you can do is seek their forgiveness and pay them back!

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7 thoughts on “James- Day 53

  1. Mafalda Delienne

    ~The verses is saying that~ you have don’t bad things to people and there cry has reach out to Jesus, you have even murdered a righteousness person but still God does not resit you because he belives in the good in everyone and to make it right with him you have to make it right with everyone you hurt.

  2. Tristian Lechien

    OMG!!! I just Posted a loooooong comment and it didn’t show! 😡 oh well let’s try this again! :)……..

    When ben said….. “Know this:  Unrighteous gain  leads to unrighteous living and the consequences of unrighteous living & the judgment of God.” I’mmma get this stuck in
    my head lol! 🙂 but if not I’ll feel bad, 😦 but on to the application… 🙂 in the application u r asking that have u ever lied to someone to get something from them? And that question could probably speak to us. Maybe some of us have. It’s possible. Great devos!!! 🙂 c u guys tonite!!! 🙂 love u guys!!!! ❤

  3. Blake via

    What I got out of this is that we all have used people and the best thing to do is say your sorry iv’e been guilty of using people it feels like every thing is going to be ok but God knows about it at all time.

  4. I know i haven’t done that 2anybody.i don’t think.but i know its not right.if u want something from someone just ask.and if they no,it means no.u could b with ur friend and do and say different stuff with them but don’t really mean it.why would they want to give anything to u?that’s what i got out of today’s great message!still don’t know if im coming 2night.hope i can!!!love u guys!!!!!

  5. Alexis

    I haven’t done that recently, but I’m sure I have done it in the past! I like how Pastor Ben put it though, Unrighteous gain leads to unrighteous living & the consequences of unrighteous living & the judgment of God. That is so true! If we cheat, lie, or use someone to get what we want (money, stuff, etc.) pretty soon that can become a habit. And since God is perfect (without sin) we can’t be sinning AND have a close relationship with Him. So if we sacrifice our relationship with God, there will terrible consequences. But one thing to remember is God ALWAYS forgives, no matter how big or small the sin. He knows what is best for us and I’m pretty sure unrighteous living is NOT what He’d want for His children!
    Great comments today! See you guys soon 🙂

  6. Ryan via

    What I got was that how we treat people and how we act is like that saying what goes around comes around. If you want people to respect you, first you have to respect them.

  7. I can’t remember the last time I used someone. I’ve never been the type to use people of their things, I never really cared about that, but i’m sure I have used someone without even realizing it. I know I’ve used God before by praying for things I wanted rather then even caring about my relationship with him. This is so wrong.. We all have fallen short of the glory of God and are further unrighteous but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to live up to God’s standard of righteousness. Acting greedy in this way is portraying such a “I’m hollier than you attitude” and that it definetly not Christ like whatsoever! This is wrong and something we all get to grab ahold of.

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