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How To Live With Confidence    James 5:1 -11, 13-20    Aug. 30, 2009


Introduction

       Baptists do not generally practice the use of anointing with oil as some do. Whatever your preference; please consider the following thoughts. James was the first book written in the New Testament. Paul, Simon Peter, nor John mention a practice of anointing with oil. If this was a practice for all sick people why didn't Paul advise Timothy to have himself anointed with oil for his problems? (1 Tim 5:23). Why didn't Paul anoint Trophimus with oil? (2 Tim 4:20). In all of life’s situations we need to know How To Live With Confidence. For additional help, (Check out my sermon on this text:   http://www.preachhim.org/james5-3.htm).


 

1.   Live In Confidence With . . Wealthy People. 5:1-7

       A.   Live In Confidence . . Aware Of How Some Wealthy People Live. 5:1-3 

1 Come now, you rich people! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. 2 Your

              wealth is ruined: your clothes are moth-eaten; 3 your silver and gold are corroded, and their corrosion

              will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You stored up treasure in the last days!

 

       B.   Live In Confidence . . Appalled At How Some Wealthy People Live. 5:4-6

4 Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who reaped your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts. 5 You have lived luxuriously on the land and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned — you have murdered — the righteous man; he does not resist you.


       James paints a sordid picture of the rich people in his day. I question if this refers to all rich people. I know some rich people who are very generous. The people in the day of James were concerned in storing up wealth, but that would become a witness against them and their concern for self. In addition this money they paid their workers shouted out unto God against them. Their sinful treasure of luxury had either directly or indirectly caused condemnation and murder. The saying, “nothing wrong with having money, but when money has you it is a problem. 

 

2.   Live In Confidence While . . Waiting On People. 5:7-11

       A.   Live In Confidence With . . Patience. 5:7-8

7 Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near.

 

       B.   Live In Confidence With The . . Prophets Of The Old Testament. 5:9-11

              9 Brothers, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands

              at the door! 10 Brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name as an example of suffering

              and patience. 11 See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job's endurance

              and have seen the outcome from the Lord: the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.


       You have heard of the person who prayed for patience and asked for it right now! Too many have that kind of desire for patience. The return of Christ in every generation of Christians serves as our motivation to be patient. James calls his readers attention to Job and his example. Then he calls us to look at the prophets as they patently waited with a view toward the coming of the Messiah.


 

3.   Live In Confidence With Prayerful . . Words. 5:13-20

       A.   Live In Confidence With A Witness In The Prayers Of . . Suffering. 5:13A

              13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. . . .”

 

       B.   Live In Confidence With A Witness Of Praise Through . . Singing. 5:13A

              “. . . Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.”

 

       C.   Live In Confidence With A Witness Of Prayers In . . Sickness. 5:14-16

              14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over

              him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick

              person, 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, so that you may be healed. The intense

              prayer of the righteous is very powerful.

 

       D.   Live In Confidence With A . . Sincere Prayer Life. 5:17-18

              17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three

              years and six months it did not rain on the land. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the

              land produced its fruit.

 

       E.   Live In Confidence With A Prayer Life That Influences . . Sinners. 5:19-20

              19 My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 he should

              know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a

              multitude of sins. HCSB


       These verses of scripture instruct us to pray in times of suffering, and sickness, and when cheerful to sing. The prayer related to sickness has been over used by some, so called, charismatics. Even many Pentecostals do not like their extremes. One Pentecostal pastor friend called them “the blab it and grab it bunch”. It is our privilege to pray for sick people. In my opinion we need to get the best of prayer and the best of medicine. It is my opinion Baptists have as many people healed as those who incorrectly use this verse. About six times I have been called on to pray and anoint a person with oil, and have done so.  The text says if sin has caused the sickness it needs to be confessed. The word for confess is different than normal and calls for an outward confession. All of us can have a sincere prayer life. It is a joy to be able to influence a person in sin to come out of that lifestyle and come to Jesus. These verses will help us learn How To Live With Confidence. Amen? Amen!