Sermon Passage: James 5:12–20
12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.14 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. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
What allows me to have lasting spiritual fruit?
Answers to prayer are gifts, not rewards. They are given at the discretion of the Giver, not out of obligation.
How does sin deceive us?
- We say, "It's no big deal."
- Sin convinces us we're winning.
- It distracts us by focusing on other people's sin.
When sin deceives us, sin gets to stay and fruit does not grow.
When we compare ourselves with others, we're making people the standard. We envy another's growth or strength, but they waver as well. The only solid rock is Christ. The difference between stability and instability is being anchored in Christ.
What comes to mind when you see someone stumble? Judgment or thankfulness for the grace you have received?
How do you have lasting fruit? Stay focused on Christ as your anchor, not yourself or other people. In the midst of life, with its trials and difficulties, stay focused on the grace that is changing you, not on the sin that distracts you with excuses.
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