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James 4 KJV Bible discussions
  • Adam - in Reply
    I believe Judas will go to hell, because he betrayed Jesus to help murder him for profit. This is like blasphemy and turning his back on Jesus. Peter denied Jesus, which might also be a form of blasphemy, however, I believe Jesus forgave him through a special circumstance- asking if he loved Him three times.

    People are deceived if they believe everyone goes to heaven regardless of how much sick and vile evil they commit against God, like Hitler mass murdering people. Jesus already said most people will go to hell. Just read the gospels and his many parables. They are all similar themes- warning after warning.

    Jesus died for everyone, but forgiveness is contingent upon someone humbling themselves, repenting, confessing, believing, declaring Jesus is Lord and accepting the gift. Acts 2:38 - this requires an action. It doesn't say 'Do nothing and ye shall receive the gift' or 'Keep sinning as much as you want...' Here's another action requirement: repentance: Luke 5:32. Here's another confessing: 1 John 1:9.

    Romans 10:9 - notice the "If..." People don't say "if" unless it's conditional. Salvation is conditional.

    This says to believe: 1 John 5:13. It doesn't say 'not believing is totally fine.' Romans 12:2 - this says to be transformed and to not conform to the world. That's a big bummer for those hoping for a free get out of hell free card to enjoy a lifetime of sin and guilty pleasures. Look at this: John 8:11 and even this: James 2:26. Another: James 4:6. Reading the Bible for what it is paints a very different picture than the little summaries people like to spread around. People who ignore all the Bible's teachings and do whatever they want should be afraid for their soul: Luke 12:5. God bless.
  • GiGi again - in Reply
    And we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. James 4:7.

    Is there another Scripture that says we can rebuke evil people or entities?
  • Adam
    Christians have a decision to make: whether to trust and follow God's morals or the world's morals? Christianity (folllowing Jesus) isn't a one time event, but a lifelong pursuit. 1 Corinthians 9:24. It says to run the race (effort); it doesn't say the race is already finished. Some get off course and don't care.

    Some Christians follow God's morals only to the point where it conflicts with the world's morals, then proceed with the world's morals instead. The result is following the world ( 1 John 2:15).

    Despite Acts 2:38 saying to be baptized, some say "don't" be baptized.

    Despite John 14:6 saying to go to Jesus, some say to go through a 'prophet' or pope.

    Despite James 4:17 saying to avoid sin, some claim it's bad and 'legalism' to avoid sin.

    Despite Psalm 139:13 saying unborn babies are special, some claim killing them is ok.

    Despite Ezra 7:13 saying people have freewill, some claim they "don't" have freewill.

    Despite Matthew 7:13 saying most people will go to hell, some say most will "not" go to hell.

    Despite Matthew 10:28 warning us about hell, some say "there is no hell."

    Despite 1 Timothy 2:12 saying women shouldn't teach, some say they "should."

    Despite Leviticus 20:13 saying homosexuality is a sin, some say it's "not" a sin.

    Despite John 15:10 saying to obey, some say it's ok to "not" obey.

    Despite John 1:1 saying Jesus (the Word) is God, some say Jesus is "not" God.

    Despite 1 John 5:7 saying 3 are one, some say the 3 are "not" one.

    The rationalizing pattern seems to be: "No, the Bible doesn't say [what it actually says], but says [something I'm more comfortable with]". This format seems awfully similar to Genesis 3:4 where satan says "Ye shall NOT surely die." Satan is called the father of lies for a reason and some Christians assume they are immune to it.

    Rationalizing the world's morals over God's morals seems to require ignoring scripture. Does anyone agree?

    So, should we follow God's Word or man's word (which might be satan's word)?

    God bless...
  • Chris - in Reply
    Hi Timothy. Here are some Scriptures for you to consider:

    1 Corinthians 6:12; Titus 2:11,12; 1 Peter 5:8,9; James 1:12-15; James 4:7,8; 1 Peter 2:11; Romans 13:12-14; Romans 12:1,2.

    All these Scriptures show how a Christian can live above the sinful cravings of the heart & mind - when we know that we need help & that help is beyond any power we can muster up, then we must cry to the Lord our God, submit fully to Him & daily trust Him to deliver us of anything that opposes godliness.

    I had a few addictions to surrender to the Lord when I was saved by His Spirit; some things left off immediately, others took a little longer. But remember "it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13. God will by His Spirit help an earnest repentant soul. If He is in the business of pulling out wayward souls from the coming fires of Hell through His Son's Sacrifice, He will certainly not forget a struggling child who is still ensnared by the wicked one.

    Our strength to resolve our issues very quickly diminishes - God's great Power to deliver & heal awaits all who look only to Him & submit to His Will. And when temptation knocks at our door, we are reminded in 1 Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." But the part of that verse that tests our genuineness, is whether we see, acknowledge & use the door of escape that God provides for us. When that sin or addiction becomes something most hateful in us, we're on the road to physical, mental & spiritual recovery.
  • Free - in Reply
    Dear "Arnold Benavides Jr". I have some words too u dear friend in Jesus.

    When i'll come over this web site ill startet on something new. All glory too Jesus. Soo remember dear friend too think over this word, is intendent too build u up.

    Matthew 16.19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

    John 20.23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

    James 4.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    God bless u and yours in Jesus Name with peace and happiness.
  • Sheila Davis - in Reply
    That is a question that has been asked for ages. Some feel that the devil knows your thoughts, while most others don't.

    Scripture does not give a definite answer on that subject but scripture does indicate that not only the devil but some angelic beings have access to one's mind _ Acts 5:3 Satan filled the heart of Ananias _ Luke 22:3 Satan entered Judas _ Matthew 1:20 -25 an angel came to Joseph in a dream _ Genesis 31:11 an angel of the Lord spoke to Jacob in a dream. One can argue that to have access to one's mine doesn't mean they can read your thoughts.

    And there are these scriptures

    Job 1:7-12 Satan before God discusses Job and the amount of access he can have to Just.

    Ephesians 6:11-16 discusses to put on the whole armor of God and to *quench* the fiery darts of Satan.

    James 4:7 tells us to *resist* the devil and *he will flee*.

    1st Peter 5:8 tells us Satan is like a roaring lion *seeking* whom he can *devour.*

    Revelation 12:10-12 the devil stands before God day and night accusing man, and woe to the inhabitants of the earth the devil has come down.

    Scripture is clear - Jesus knew one's thoughts even while in a flesh body Matthew 9:4. To Jesus the spirit was given to him without measure John 3:34.

    I believe Satan and certain angels have the ability to read some of someone's thoughts and Satan, being the accuser is allowed to influence those thoughts. I feel Satan and the angelic beings who have access to any thoughts of the minds/hearts of mankind are given a limited measure, unlike God who has full measure. Example what I'm going to eat for breakfast or what type of clothes I'm going to wear any given day isn't something they would need access to or even care about. But the part of the mind our decisions are made against good or for what we know is right, Satan knows our thoughts.
  • Messenger - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 4
    Bea 2 questions

    1- what happened to all the bodies of the the 1000's that died in biblical battles?

    2- if Abraham lived 175 yrs. and Sarah 127, why were their bodies considered too old to produce or bear a child?

    You are replying to a comment by "Bea"

    Here's some scriptures:

    1) Ecclesiastes 3:19,20

    2) James 4:13, 14; Isaiah 43:13

    (old age causes lost of strength and many other issues. weak body parts etc.

    in Sarah's case, she gave birth to many children with the help

    of God himself Psalm 83:18)

    Hope this answers your question.

    please let me know. - Prov. 3:27
  • Jon - in Reply on 2 Timothy 3
    Thanks for your response Adam, it is insightful and thoughtful. I have a few disagreements though. In regards to the definition - isn't our behavior influenced by either a submission to God or a submission to our flesh? James 4:7. Romans 8:6-8. I have yet to find a psychological theory about behavior that refers to God's word & sin and not worldly/secular explanations that are unbiblical. Doesn't it matter that psychology was heralded by people like Wundt, Freud, Jung, Skinner - all people who denied the Lordship of Jesus and were unbelievers? Matthew 9:17-18.

    Positive thinking was started by Phineas Quimby who hypnotized people. He believed that the body was a reflection of the mind and all illnesses were a result of false beliefs. He had conversations with Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science founder) and influenced her to believe that 'right thinking' in accordance with scripture could cure any ailment. I don't think that 'positive thinking' can be aligned with the word of God.

    Philippians 4 says 'by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving', not by 'positive thinking'. I believe Matthew 6:34 is in relation to submitting to God and trusting in Him, something atheists do not do. It was not meant to just say "don't worry about tomorrow" (which would be worldly wisdom) but "trust in the Lord" which is Godly wisdom. I would argue that psychology says "trust in yourself" and the bible says "deny yourself", two viewpoints which are incompatible.

    I would say counseling is good as long as it is biblical. Shouldn't everything center around the Lord and His word? If you talk to a counselor and they do not point you to the bible and Godly wisdom, the only other option is they are pointing you towards worldly wisdom. The bible says we have a heart issue, not a mental issue. Jeremiah 17:9-10.

    1 Corinthians 1:18-25. Acts 17:10-12. I think everything needs to be tested against scripture.

    Thanks for the discussion Adam, I appreciate you.
  • Ronald L Whittemore - in Reply on Revelation 11
    Karl McGuire sr.

    Hey Karl my understanding is, may someone else have another view. John was given a vision of the new earth and where we will be, and in verse 10 we are told the time is at hand. Our time on this earth is short like in ( James 4:14), and we may not be here tomorrow and at death that's it, the door is shut there is no redemption after death. The righteous will still be righteous and the wicked will still be wicked. Verse 11 is a warning and a call for those that have not repented and excepted Jesus as their savior and time is running out.

    We are all naturally unjust, and filthy because of sin in us, some of us have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. A righteous man is only righteous by the righteousness of Jesus. After the thousand years and judgment, only the righteous and holy will walk through those gates into the New Jerusalem, and verses 11 and 15 are those outside that are cast into the lake of fire, as we see in ( Revelation 21:8).

    Dogs were not looked on as we look at them today, they were mostly wild cruel unclean filthy animals highly disliked, Jesus associated a woman of Canaan with dogs, but nothing unclean will enter the city. We have a choice, eternity with God and Jesus in beautiful new earth or the lake of fire.

    God bless,

    2 Corinthians 5:10

    John 14:1-3

    Luke 10:20

    Mark 13: 32-37

    Revelation 3: 10

    Matthew 24: 1-51

    Philippians 3:20-21

    Romans 8: 18-19

    Acts 1: 7-11

    Daniel 12: 1-2

    1 Corinthians 15: 51-53

    1 Thessalonians 4: 1-18

    Revelation 12: 1-17

    Revelation 19: 1-21

    1 John 1: 3:3

    Titus 2:13

    Matthew 16:27

    Colossians 3:2-4

    Luke 21: 34-36

    James 4:8

    Ten Virgins story: Matthew 25

    John 3:16

    We must be born again at which time Jesus will give to you, The Holy Spirit.

    On this website, out on the Red Link Page; BECOME A CHRISTIAN (which means Christ Jesus Follower)

    Jesus is not escape insurance. He is the Son of God. He is the only one who can save us. So write that list of verses down on a sheet of paper and read in the Bible of them every day.


    [hey yall, don't send emails saying the word rapture is not in the Bible. I know that. It is called: CAUGHT UP or IN THE CLOUDS. Not everyone knows Greek or Hebrew. Thanks,

  • Adam - in Reply
    God bless you and your family, protect you and shield you. Isaiah 41:10, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, James 4:7
  • S Spencer - in Reply

    Part 1 of 2.

    For our friends during their recovery we didn't depend on our own ability. We humbled ourselves and prayed and asked for prayer. We didn't demand anything or perform anything. WE PRAYED.

    Now concerning Satan, There's several scripture that I keep in Mind.

    Here's just a few.

    1 John 4:4. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.

    James 4:6-7. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST THE DEVIL, and he will flee from you.


    Romans 8:28-39.

    Ephesians 6:11-18.

    I don't quarrel with Satan if I do I relieved myself of my Armor.

    I don't mimic what Jesus did When he said

    Matthew 4:10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

    Jude 1:8-10. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

    Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

    But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

    Jude 1:16-20. These are murmurers, complainers, WALKING AFTER THEIR OWN lusts; AND THEIR MOUTH SPEAKETH GREAT SWELLING WORDS, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

    But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.


    But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
  • THINGS GOD HATES - in Reply on 1 Thessalonians 1
    Proverbs Chapter 6

    16 These six things doth the LORD HATE: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

    17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

    19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

    Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the LORD is to HATE evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

    Proverbs 11:2 - When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

    Proverbs 16:5 - Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

    Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    Proverbs 26:12 - Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

    Proverbs 27:2 - Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

    Proverbs 29:23 - A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

    Jeremiah 9:23 - Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

    Romans 12:16 - Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    Galatians 6:3 - For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

    Philippians 2:3 - Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    James 4:6 - But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    1 John 2:16 - For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the PRIDE of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (Satan)
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on John 5:26
    Gaudencio, May CHRIST IN US grace us with HIS wisdom and HIS understanding.

    Romans 8:20 For the creature was made (CREATED) subject to vanity, NOT WILLINGLY, but by reason of HIM who hath subjected the same in HOPE.

    God wants Sons and Daughters that are like HIM. He gives us and EXPERIENCE of natural life so we will KNOW GOOD AND EVIL.

    Adam and Eve's sin wasn't eating a natural fruit (the tree of THE KNOWLEDGE of good and evil is within us, it's not a natural tree), we were created with a evil heart. With just a little enticement from this heart; that wasn't born of the Spirit, Eve LUSTED.

    God TEST every man to bring him to TRUTH. Without ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING. I am your life.

    The POWER and LIFE of the Father which lives in the SON was given to him by the Father. The Father then sent HIS SON to recreate all his sons and daughters into THE IMAGE OF GOD. Christ DESTROYS our EVIL heart by TRUTH and MERCY and gives us his HEART(SPIRIT). Everything given to him by the Father HE GIVES TO US.


    Philippians 1:29 For unto YOU IT IS GIVEN in the behalf of Christ, not only TO BELIEVE ON HIM, but to suffer for his sake

    James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you might consume it upon you lusts.


    Few ask to be GIVEN HIS FAITH.

    Without HIM we CAN DO NOTHING.
  • S Spencer - in Reply
    Hi Yohan.

    If we have any strength at all it's by He that's in us.

    1 John 4:4. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    We're told to submit ourselves to God and do something our flesh don't want to do! "RESIST THE DEVIL "

    James 4:7. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    We have 3 enemies, Our flesh, the world, and Satan,

    Satan disguise as an Angel of light wouldn't have no trouble with us if we're not barring Gods armour.

    Ephesians 6:10-13. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

    Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    We hear people in prayer trying to bind Satan,

    If we could bind him we would be proud and loose him again!!

    Look what Jude say about them.

    Jude 1:19-20. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

    But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

    Jude 1:8-10. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

    Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

    But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

    During the Millennium the devil will be chained a 1000 years, when the devil is loosed man will rebel again in this perfect economy!!

    God bless
  • ENVY - in Reply on Acts 7:9
    James 3:16 - For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

    James 4:2-3 - Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. (Read More...)

    James 3:14 - But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

    Proverbs 14:30 - A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (Read More...)

    Proverbs 27:4 - Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

    James 3:14-15 - But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 3:3 - For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

    Romans 12:21 - Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

    1 Corinthians 13:1-8 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (Read More...)

    Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

    1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

    Psalms 25:4-5 - Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. (Read More...)

    Exodus 20:17 - Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

    Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
  • Dave M - in Reply
    James 4:17 says if you do nothing in the face of evil it's a sin. Other parties aren't even close to the one I called out. The democrats support mass murdering innocent babies and mass spilling of blood through violence, and the other parties don't. Those who assume others are just as evil either have been brainwashed by propaganda or could be symbolically bowing to the evil culture, just like the US giving billions to Iran the #1 enemy who threatens to nuke us. In these dark days we even see pastors bowing down to terrorist groups like blm and antifa who have killed so many hundreds that aren't reported by the evil media. The vaccine injection has also murdered more than 5,000 people and they sweep it under the rug- that's more death than the 9/11 attacks. It's horrifyingThe time for pandering to this evil is over.

    Habakkuk 1:13, Romans 12:9, Philippians 3:2, Ephesians 5:11, John 3:20 - say to expose evil, not pander to them, appease them, or bow down and worship them as a false god. The end times are near and people will be soon tested to see who they are allegient to. Were they an accessory to murder by belonging to a group that mass murders babies, lets criminals out of prison to murder innocents, to let illegals in to spread disease, bring lethal drugs, and traffic children? Those supporting this will be held accountable. It's not too late to repent of this sin and to follow Jesus.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Revelation 1

    There is a struggle we as believers go through. We are often faced with temptation. Satan knows our weaknesses and he attacks us that way. Some think that we have to fight Satan but we don't have to fight him because he's already been defeated.

    James 4:7 says Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil,

    There are two things going on at the same time. Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and the promise is and he will flee from you.

    Again, some people don't realize that we don't have to fight with Satan.

    In Ephesians Chapter 6, when Paul talked about the armor of God, he says the purpose for putting on the armor of God is so that you stand, and that you resist the wiles, or methods of Satan. So it's resistance!

    By the way, the word persecution in the bible means to chase or to pursue. When Satan persecutes us, he basically chases us.

    And the whole purpose is to get us tired and discouraged until we make the decision that we don't want to do this Christian thing anymore because it's "just too tiring."

    But you see, Satan can't stop us. He can only chase us.

    So the bible says submit to God, and resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Just like with Jesus, when Satan came to Him, He told him no way, I'm doing it God's way.

    Jesus quoted scripture and said this is the way I'm going to do it. And what happened in the end? Satan left because he couldn't do anything to Him. He tempted Jesus. That's all he could do.

    So the first two commands, submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil, and the promise is he will flee from you.

    The only way to overcome temptation is to resist. It is Satan that tempts, and it is Satan that will flee if you resist him.

    Stay in the word. As the saying goes, "This book will keep you from your sin, or your sin will keep you from this book."
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj - in Reply on Deuteronomy 2
    Yeah, People Love world rather than God

    Christian is all about the relationship we had with God

    1 John 2:15

    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    James 4:8

    Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
  • Carl - in Reply on Ecclesiasticus 8
    Hi Robert,

    God will help you!

    'Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you...' James 4:8 You have done this already by acknowledging that sin has seperated you from God. He will honor that and help you.

    'And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.' Luke 18:27 Don't despair if your marriage is a big mess, because God IS greater.

    God bless,

  • Pastor-Ronnie Williams - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    To Janet, I believe anytime we fill that we have done wrong; bad thoughts, saying something bad about somebody, or anything that would hinder us from getting closer to our Lord, we should repent. If it takes 1 or a thousand times A DAY, that's what we need to do. James 4:17 (Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.) God bless and thanks for writing back.
  • Lance - in Reply on Philippians 2
    Marijuana is not mentioned to my knowledge. Neither is snorting cocaine. Nevertheless, I don't think it's ok. For one, we are to be part of the body of Jesus and He certainly doesn't approve of living life being high. ( James 4:17) If you know to do good and don't, it's sin to you.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 6:25
    Customizer 2021,

    Verse 8 says be sober, be vigilant. It means to be sober-minded. Vigilant means be on guard. It's the same thing Jesus said to the disciples in Matthew 26:41 when He said can't you wait and watch with me? They kept falling asleep. Be sober thinking, be alert, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he may devour:

    That's to Christians. The Jews would know that the term lion represented the enemy. Seven times in the Psalms David used the word lion as an example of his enemies. In Ezekiel 22:25, Ezekiel used the lion to describe the false prophets.

    So Satan takes on this ravaging lion that's going around seeking whom he may devour. This is where the attention of the mind comes in. He roams around and scouts. Job Chapters 1 and 2 tell us that Satan scouts God's people. The fact that he's roaming around is continuous.

    Every day, we're being scouted as to what it is that Satan can use to occupy the attention of our minds. He can't take our salvation away from us, but basically, his attitude is "Oh, the Lord saves you and now He wants to renew your mind? Well, I'll just keep you busy!"

    So he occupies the attention of our mind. We're too busy, too tired, and we got too much going on. When he devours, he devours mentally, not spiritually. He cannot devour me spiritually but he wants to occupy the attention of my mind.

    James says to resist. In James 4:7, he says to resist the devil, and he will flee from you. We don't have to fight him. He's already been defeated.

    In Ephesians 6:11, Paul says put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand against is the word resist. He's to be resisted.

    Verse 9: Whom resist stedfast, or solid in the faith, doing this, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished, or fulfilled in your brethren that are in the world. Every single brother and sister in Christ around the world is suffering or going through the same thing!
  • Adam - in Reply on James 1
    Hi Jesse,

    Thank you for your added detail.

    I'm not sure where you get this idea though: "There is a difference, and God will only reward us for one of these two."

    It sounds like you interpret good works to be bad unless you feel a certain spiritual confirmation before or during the good work activity? How exactly did you come to this understanding and what Bible sources can you cite to say this?

    I find this unusual, because I find life as a Christian has a spiritual component that is hard to separate. I believe something of the 'flesh' is easier to identify, because it usually involves unpure motives and sin. But it sounds like you're suggesting that obeying Jesus (such as doing good works to help others) has unpure motives and you put a screening layer in place which you have to navigate through in order to feel good about obeying Jesus.

    My perspective is different. I feel that obeying Jesus by default is good, and that helping others by default is good, and already is done via spirit and not fleshly. It would be really hard to convince me that doing good is bad, because doing good is all through the Bible. Galatians 6:9, Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 2:10. We're created to do good works and be the light of the World are we not? James 2:14-17, James 4:17, Micah 6:8. I don't think my motives or my mood even matters sometimes, it's not about me, but serving others and being obedient. Selflessness.

    So, my question is: does someone have such a strong filter for all other aspects of life or only when it comes to obeying Jesus and help others? Brushing teeth? Eating a meal? Gassing up a car? Going to work? Watching movies? If the strong filter is only on doing good works, but not on neutral activities, or bad works, then I would think such a perspective seems off balance. Because why should we hesitate only when it comes to doing good and have to pass certain criteria, but have no problem doing anything other than good?

    Let me know if I have misinterpreted your meaning and where you got the idea about good works requiring certain criteria for God to like it? God bless...
  • Richard in Christ on Matthew 27:54

    We must stay humble before the Lord. Give our lives to Him and follow Jesus Christ as He is the only way to our Father.

    I guess to end this post will be to "lukewarm" Christians. We are warned there is no middle road. It is one way or the other. Wide is the gate that leads to destruction and many go that way. Straight and narrow is the way to life and few that find it. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils. 1 Corinthians 10:21, Matthew 6:24. As this comes to Revelation 3:15-16. People who are walking the line are going to have to make a choice. I pray they make that choice today as no one knows when the Lord shall require our life. Or when our last day shall be.

    Another question I would feel to ask a believer is "are you ready"? Do you love the Lord enough to give your life for Him? As in John 15:13-14, Jesus states there is no greater love than to lay down his life for His friend. Matthew 16:24-25. Love is not perfected yet if you are still afraid as in 1 John 4:18.

    I will just leave some Scriptures for others. How we should focus on things above and not of this world. Live our life for the Lord to do the Will of our Father in Heaven. As all is conditional in that the closer you draw to Him the closer He will draw to you. God Bless you my brothers and sisters in the Lord.

    Colossians 3:1-6, Colossians 3:13-17,

    Matthew 16:27, 1 Peter 1:17,

    Malachi 3:7, James 4:6-8,
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Hi Dorothy,

    Hopefully these may be the verses you were looking for:

    James 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

    Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

    For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

    Maybe Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    God Bless.
  • When Women are anointed to Lead - in Reply on Judges 5
    If you will type Judges chapter 5 TEACHING: the most used Commentators speak on this matter of Deborah arising to this occasion to rule as a Judge; or lead.

    Type it in the Google Box.

    It has happened that men get caught up in commerce and other lukewarm activities: and God will use a woman.

    An identical need arose in the Book of Esther. By her dedication and actions, the death of the Jews was avoided.

    There are definite warnings to be heeded here. When men are seeking direction from the feet of God: women have little need to do else but follow.

    It's when we get taken captive by national sports teams, political wars, nations that refuse to practice fair trades and etc....

    God may raise up women to get the nation headed in the direction God demands we go.

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    Isaiah 57:15

    For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

    James 4:10

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    Matthew 23:12

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    1 Peter 5:6

    Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

  • Alan Banks - in Reply on Romans 5
    Jesus said not to judge in several places:

    Luke 6 37

    Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

    Romans 2:1 |

    Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

    Romans 14:13 |

    Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

    James 4:12 |

    There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Titus 3
    Interesting. So after 60 years of "intense" study of the Bible that is all you can say to me? I must state again. You proclaim there is no unforgivable sin(blasphemy of the Holy Ghost) though Jesus Christ says there is. ( 2 Peter 20-21.

    With your one statement of "God shall never allow His Son to be crucified afresh". You mean like Hebrews 9:24-26. Yes I understand that. This does not give us free will to go about sinning in this world. Like stated in Hebrews 10:26-29 which I left for you in the previous post. Which would just be putting His blood to shame as stated. Sounding to be of the unforgivable sin which only the Lord shall judge. Of coarse we can make mistakes and we will always have forgiveness if we are true to humble ourselves before the Lord. Confess our sins, or mistakes, and strive to repent of them. To live for the Will of God not our own will. James 4:7-8

    Seeing no real response to my couple questions which is ok. Back to the original question which is what led me to post to you in the first place. The Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit being different. Which again I say is false. Giving you detailed information of the original Greek texts which predates the English translation of the Scriptures.

    As you have veered to reply to this information several times I do not expect a reply from you.

    Thank you for all your time.

    God Bless.
  • Richard in Christ on Genesis 17
    Isaiah 59:1-3 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

    2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

    3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

    Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

    James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

    10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

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