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James – Weekend Review (March 21-22)

boll1. How have this week’s studies been difficult for you? Assuming you were experiencing significant conviction, how did you process that conviction? How does conviction differ from condemnation? (Make sure that what you’re allowing is conviction, not condemnation. See Romans 8:1, 31-39.)

2. List at least three valuable insights and timeless truths you’ve gained this week.

3. List commitments and adjustments you are making as you are convicted by the Word of God.

4. Write out your prayer of adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.

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  1. Jane
    March 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

    How have this week’s studies been difficult for you?

    Well, it all started on Monday. TAKING THE WORD SERIOUSLY. Like when it says, “Lean not unto thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct thy path.” I struggle so with wanting to KNOW. A dear sister in the Lord, this week, strongly reminded me it is often enough to KNOW HIM.

    Tuesday. I was convicted deeply of speaking less to others and more to God. Being WHOLLY SET APART …..A deep, deep and long-standing desire of my heart, but one which still needs much of HIS touch and imprint upon it. NO thing equals the significance of my alone time with The Lord.

    Wednesday. DON’T SHOW FAVORTISM. I’ve always thought this can work in both directions. I’ve spent more of my time in small churches where many had little, (material means), and have witnessed a type of reverse discrimination when someone who appeared to have more…Money, possessions, education or worldly stature…Entered. Often it was difficult for the church members to accept that one “from away” into their midst.

    Thursday. MERCY TRIUMPHS JUDGEMENT. God has walked me light-years along this path! Early in my Christian “training” I was taught that discipline, adherence and strict obedience were the hallmarks of a faithful Believer. If you didn’t veer from these things all would be well. (BTW, I still DO believe in Godly obedience). As I have grown, I have come to recognize the unsurpassable, all-encompassing and life-changing reality that MERCY MOVES MOUNTAINS. First, of course, Christ’s mercy through HIS death for us. And then our gratitude and mercy flowing through us to others. (How fitting that this message came the week of the Home-Going of Pastor Holdridge’s Dad). And just how much mercy triumphed all over the place in their lives!

    Friday. TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF FAITH COMING FROM OUR LIVES. Again, this passage has always been presented as being mostly about providing physical needs. And I believe that it is. But as an aside, (albeit an important one), every casserole that has ever been delivered to my door may have been eaten and even forgotten, but the love, caring and effort was not. I may not be able to describe one item included in the recipe, but I could tell you the emotion with which it was placed in my hands and received by my heart. I think I am trying to say this…Do not be deceived into thinking that if you are not a great cook or do not have a designer piece of clothing to contribute that you can not effectively be Christ’s Hand of provision.

  2. Laurie Gash
    March 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hello, I am really enjoying these studies, but just for one forgetful stroke survivor, please spell out clearly the difference between conviction & condemnation?

    I think I know, but am not completely convinced I am correct … thank you. (Conviction draws us towards the Lord, whereas condemnation draws us away from the Lord?)

    By His grace, Laurie G.

  3. March 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Laurie,

    Thank you for your feedback!

    Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit convicts the believer, He is very specifically pointing out to us what we have done. It is not vague. He tells us what we’ve done wrong, so that we might confess to God (i.e. agree with Him about what He’s said about our sin), and receive His cleansing and renewal of fellowship with Him (1 John 1:9). The conviction of sin is a hopeful thing for the true believer, because now the believer knows what to do about his/her sin.

    Condemnation comes from the devil. He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12), who accuses us before God day and night. When we are under condemnation, we are either experiencing false guilt (we didn’t actually do the thing we’ve been accused of), or we experiencing a general feeling of separation from God, or a sense of failure. These feelings do not stem from the Holy Spirit’s conviction, but from the devil’s accusations. Instead of being drawn to the Lord (as with conviction), we are being repelled from the Lord through false projections of the enemy.

    Thankfully, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ. He defends us as our High Priest. No charge against us can “stick.” See 1 John 2:1-2, Zechariah 3:1-5, and Romans 8:1.

    I hope that helps, Laurie. God bless you!

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