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05/03/15 A Profit Out of This World!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, May 4, 2015 Under: Sermon
Life is a Test Series – James 1:5-8

Intro: In the secular world everyone loves to be the recipient of a profit; investments is something I have taken series for the last two decades. I was taught very early on in life of the importance of investments, paying your bills and having good credit. The world throws a lot of temptations in our lap. We could spend less than $10.00 for a lottery ticket and win several million dollars. What a profit that would be! In this world, profit comes from a monetary return from an investment you produced or acquired. Pastor James from the church of Jerusalem who has been given his advice from the creator of the universe has been instructed to tell the church; there is much to profit from asking God, trusting God, allow the expected trials and tribulations of life to become good investment. The true profit from James perspective is to have a believing heart, a maturity that sees through the challenges and overcomes, rises above, runs through the finish line completing the race… It profits a believer with eternal blessings in your walk (if you have a walk with God), NOW! Let that piece of the Rock not be a policy with Prudential Life Ins. Let that piece of the rock be a relationship with Jesus Christ who’s proven to give you a residual eternal gain.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-12

Text: James 1:5-8 (NKJV)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Three things to profit from in this text if you follow James instruction; wisdom, confidence and stability, you will find this is written in his Policy! If you ask God He will give you: Wisdom, if you can avoid Wavering and understand what is Wrong.

Application: Those who ask gain much!

1. Wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

If you need wisdom, ask! It is a good investment with profitable gains. What a descriptive picture of so many. This is the very reason so many of us receive so little from God. We either do not ask or else when we ask, we waver in believing that God will hear and answer us. As we face the trials and temptations of life, we must ask God for wisdom and believe that God will hear and show us the way and the power to conquer. When we pray believing, God will hear and answer us. Mankind at large just does not understand the value of His wisdom: "But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.” Job 28:12-13

I think God makes it clear! Just ask, man will never find it, but God can! He does, and He will! When believers face times of testing whether physical, emotional, moral, or spiritual they have special need of God’s wisdom. At such times one should remember the words of Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil” Proverbs 3:5–7. He goes on to say of godly wisdom that “her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.”

God, and God alone, is the source of wisdom. It was this truth that caused Paul to pray to God for believers to be granted wisdom, knowledge, and enlightenment, as well as discernment. That is also James’s point. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:17-18

It should go without saying that trials should enhance our prayer life, as we turn to the Lord for guidance, strength, patience, and wisdom. And when we ask of God, our heavenly Father, for His wisdom, James assures us that, far from being stingy in dispensing that gracious gift to His children, He gives to all generously and without reproach. It is the Lord’s loving desire to impart divine understanding abundantly to His faithful saints. Plan and simple Let him ask! James is not giving personal advice but a divine command, and therefore our calling on the Lord for wisdom is not an option. It is mandatory. And if a believer who is being tested is not driven to the Lord and does not develop a deeper prayer life, the Lord is likely to keep the test active and even intensify it until His child comes to the throne of grace—until he makes his “ear attentive to wisdom,” and inclines his “heart to understanding.”

2. Wavering: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

Wavering is defined as doubt, uncertainty. In the secular world investors are regularly told to at a young age, take some risk spread your portfolio. And many with a blind faith will invest all their money’s. Some time to their advantage and sometimes to their disadvantage. There is always a risk. God wants us to NO when we fully understand what He has to offer the only risk is not taking it! Ask in faith, without doubting.

What a great illustration; Waves, wind tossed around like a rag doll stuck on the bumper of a car driving 60 miles an hour. When you doubt you waver, you’re unstable - that’s what James is trying to tell the reading. When the believer doubts their station in life nothing can hold them.

Some Christians simply doubt that God will give them what they need, and rationalize their doubt in countless ways. They believe they are undeserving, which is true, but, as already pointed out, irrelevant. Or they may think their needs are not worthy of God’s attention, which also is true but irrelevant, for, in His boundless grace and love, He sovereignly chooses to take great interest in things that, in the grand scheme of things, seem utterly insignificant. Other Christians are inclined to dispute with God, wondering why He allowed a calamity to come upon them in the first place or why He doesn’t provide them a way out.

The believer, who doubts, is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. His request is not really a request at all, because he foolishly does not believe it will be honored by God. Among other things, such a person is terribly immature, like a child, “tossed here and there by waves.” Tragically, that immaturity leads to the even greater danger of being “carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming”.

3. Wrong: “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

So what is wrong: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, that is what is wrong? A believer is given a faith, which eliminates doubt and instability. Doubt robs people from receiving things from God; double minded people are unstable in their ways.

When God is not trusted, the only course is to go from bad to worse to worse still. Simply put, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Although he claims to be a believer, his action reveals he is an unbeliever. When he goes through a severe trial, he turns to human resources rather than singularly trusting the Lord for answers and for help. Or he becomes bitter and resentful and seeks no help at all. He does not renounce God, but he acts as if God doesn’t exist, doesn’t care, or isn’t capable of delivering him from trouble. He knows something of God’s Word and of God’s love, grace, and providence; but he refuses to avail himself of those divine resources. As James points out later in the letter, that person’s problem, of course, is sin. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” he admonishes. “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded”. There the “double-minded” are called “sinners,” a term used only for unbelievers.

Conclusion: You can’t serve two masters; and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart! That is the heart of it! That’s the profit out of this world. A love of God! Wisdom acquired, no wavering and you’re doing no wrong. Can this really happen?

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