Read James 1:1-12
Look at verse 1, James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
James is writing to the 12 tribes scattered abroad. Is that to us? Yes, because Paul explains in Rom 11 that we Gentiles have been graffed in. But here is the question, which of the 12 tribes have we been graffed into?
The tribe of Levi.
Each tribe had a certain portion of land as their inheritance. The Levites had no land inheritance. They were the priests that served God in the Temple. God was their inheritance and their portion. Christ is our inheritance and portion. He is all we need!
Look at verse 3, Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. What do we do while having patience? We wait. We wait on the Lord. But going farther, look at verse 4, But let patience have her perfect work,.
Again, wait. Allow God to BE God and do His thing. Don’t rush it. Don’t try to get ahead of Him and MAKE something happen.
Look at the end of verse 4, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. IF WE DO get ahead of God and try to make something happen, we are going to CUT SHORT what He really had planned for us and we will MISS OUT on ALL that He has planned.
Look at verse 6, But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
What does James mean here? He elaborates on it a little more in verse 8, A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Wavering back and forth, of two minds. James says we cannot be this way…
- We cannot say one thing and think another.
- We cannot go to the altar and pray one thing and get up believing another.
- We cannot say that we love God and still dabble in the pleasures of the flesh.
- We cannot talk about having faith and act like we really don’t believe it.
Why am I sharing this with you? You may think it is because of our son Jayd and how that God healed him once and we turn around and now he is diagnosed with Leukemia. This is not why I am sharing this, because I know God has great plans for Jayd and his wife, Jacee. Actually it is on my heart because of something I heard a preacher say a little while back, not in a sermon but in conversation, that resonated with my spirit.
He said that in these last days, the people of God are going to have to pray more than they ever have before because, as we get farther and farther into the last days, we are going to come under more and more, harder and harder attack of the devils of Hell. They will cause temptations to become stronger and stronger.
I believe him. I believe him because I personally believe that in these last days God is going to work in people who are willing to believe, willing to walk in faith, and do things the likes of which you and I have never seen in our lifetimes, for the glory of God, to draw people to Himself in real salvation.
As that happens, the devils of Hell are going to fight it with everything they have. They do not want to see a move of God, they do not want to see a great awakening, they do not want to see people getting saved and lives being changed for the better.
The devil’s first line of attack is direct. They will tempt and vex believers who are open to a real move of God and try to trip them up. If those believers understand and exercise their authority in Jesus Christ over those devils and they flee, they will move to their second line of attack. They will cause the religious folks, folks who go to church but are NOT willing to be open to a real move of God, to persecute the ones who are open to God. They will mock them, ridicule them, shake their heads at them, reject them, and probably even run them out of the church because they are not doing things the way we have been doing things wrong for the past 75 to 100 years.
So what do we do? How do we prepare for what God is going to do, and also prepare for stronger attacks from the enemy?
That brings us to another passage of Scripture, Matthew 26:36-41, Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Let’s back up to verse 36, Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Do you know what “Gethsemane” means? Oil Press.
Now, when someone is anointed with oil, what is that a symbol of? The Holy Spirit.
Ok, bare with me. How did Jesus pray in the Garden of Gethsemane that night? In pure anguish, pouring His heart out and crying out to God the Father.
When did He pray like that there, toward the beginning of His earthly ministry or the last of it? The last of it.
I believe this is a message to us, telling us how we are to pray in these last days. With great crying out, even anguish, until the oil of the Spirit is pressed out of us!!!!!!!
Jude 1:20, But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Psalms 18:6, In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Cry is mentioned twice in that verse, and that is just one verse of many, many, many that talk about crying out to the Lord. Not whisper, CRY.
Let’s move on and look at verses 37-38, And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
The three in verse 37 are the same ones that witnessed the transfiguration. They saw, with their own eyes, Jesus shine with the glory of God and Elijah and Moses standing on each side of Him. If anyone should be spiritual enough to stay wake and pray, it should be these guys. Yet, they could not stay awake and pray. They allowed the weakness of the flesh to overtake them and they fell asleep.
In verse 38 the Lord says He is burdened down. He has a heavy weight on His shoulders that nothing else can cure except prayer.
- Do you have a burden in your life right now?
- Do you have something weighing you down right now?
Only prayer can cure it. Only that crying out to God, not whispering, not for 5 minutes, but a crying out to God through the night.
Verse 39, And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
He fell on His face.
Oh when is the last time we went farther down than a knee before God in prayer? And yet in all His anguish, He still trusted the Father enough to be willing to accept His will.
Verse 40, And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Here’s the key, verse 41, Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Here is the key, the spirit is willing.
- We know what we should do.
- We know what is right.
- We even want to do what is right.
Oh but the flesh is weak.
How many times does the flesh win out in your life?
How many times do you give in to the weakness of the flesh?
The only way to strengthen the spirit to be able to do the right thing is by feeding our spirit the Bread of Life, the Word of God, and by crying out, not whispering, but earnestly, whole-heartedly crying out to God.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?
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