HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

November 8/James 5

When you read this chapter think Relationships!

Verses 1-6 > Never take advantage of anyone. Always treat them fairly; even to the point of paying someone a little extra when you know that what you are buying from them is way too little money! We have a generous heavenly Father and we as his kids should be generous.

Ephesians 5:1 (NLT) — 1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

Verses 7-8 > The farmers mission is to bring in a harvest. Our mission is to maintain a close relationship with the Lord until he comes back.

Verses 9-11 > As we maintain a close relationship with the Lord his tenderness and mercy will rub off on us > verse 11. When life frustrates us instead of lashing out at others or complaining about them when they rub us the wrong way; rub a little of God’s tenderness and mercy on them!

Verse 12 > when you are tight with Jesus you don’t need to ‘swear on a stack of bibles’ or ‘cross your heart and hope to die’ or swear on your mother’s grave’. People will know you are a person that can be trusted so a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will suffice. You have nothing to hide because your relationships are up front and out in the open.

Verse 13 > What ever you are going through in life make sure it always leads you to acknowledge the Lord. It is easy to forget Him in the good times and it is equally as easy to blame Him in the bad times. The Christian stays close to Him at all times.

Verses 14-15 > find out who the elders are at Hilltop. Maintain a good relationship with them so that you won’t hesitate to call when you need prayer. I have been a pastor for many years and very few people ever call when they are sick. Elders need to maintain a close relationship with the Lord so their faith remains strong in the Lord.

Verse 16 > Unconfessed sin can be a barrier which prevents a person from being healed. Life is all about relationships especially your relationship with the Lord; if you continue to live in sin it hinders this relationship. A good relationship is more important to the Lord than a physical healing. A prayer is powerful because it is prayed to the All Powerful One! Prayer doesn’t heal, doctors don’t heal, only God heals.

John 5:14 (NLT) — 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”
Keep praying and don’t give up. We live by faith and not by sight. And remember you are righteous because of the blood of Jesus shed for you on the cross.
Verses 19-20 > again relationships can mean the difference between life and death. Don’t let your relationships with other believers grow cold. Stay in fellowship. The lions always pick off the stragglers. Don’t get picked off!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verse 16 we are told that the earnest pray of a rightous person produces great results. This is a provisional promise. First you must believe that the prayer will have results and be forceful in praying it. Second you must have a right standing with God since you must be rightous and not self tightous. Then you will have wonderful, i.e. God’s, results. Sometimes the wonderful results may not be what you expect.