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Faith Works Week 5
July 5, 2020

Faith Works Week 5

July 5, 2020

James 5:12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.

WHAT IS THE MAIN THOUGHT FROM THE TEXT?

=>God’s words always accomplish His purposes, ours do not 

Jesus taught this before James did – that’s where he got this info

Matthew 5:34-37 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

So…let your yes be a simple yes and your no be a simple no. This is but

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WHY IS THIS TEACHING IMPORTANT?

James 5:12b Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.

=>When we try to add to a simple yes or no we often get

**1 Cor 13:5 “Love is not easily angered”

**Matt 12:34 “Whatever is in your heart will determine what you say”

           IF FILLED WITH – anything will upset you

           IF FILLED WITH , love will determine your patience and how WELL YOU MASTER ANGER.

What is in your heart?

=>When we add to a simple yes or no, .

DAVE RAMSEY about debt “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” And the debt that lying creates is done with the same principles

Even if its raw and not well done, the truth is always better.

JAMES IS REMINDING US THAT FOLLOWING JESUS IS SIMPLE (not easy, not unimportant……….but SIMPLE)

SIMPLE LIKE say or . That’s enough.

SIMPLE LIKE be filled with , not . That’s enough.

SIMPLE LIKE tell the , don’t . That’s enough

 

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