It may sound silly but we employed three powerful spiritual tools for our study this week; God’s word, popcorn and crayons. We ate popcorn as we pulled out three categories out of chapter 4: What does God want us to DO, DON’T and what are His answers WHY? This was done randomly as we spoke the chapter out loud. Ok, this not the usual outlining and discussion but the popcorn was good and the conversation was great. I appreciate the group indulging me.
In Monday School, It is as important to know HOW to study as it is to know the information. We are not seeking simple intellectual knowledge but God’s wisdom. To do this we will hone three skills: Observation-spiritual reading, Interpretation-spiritual seeking, and Application-putting truth into practice.
Please take a moment and read the text before you read our note. CLICK HERE FOR JAMES CHAPTER 4
We made our observations as the chapter was read and each person found their own voice in these powerful words. We noticed that when you boil the do’s and don’ts, it came to two central points-Be Humble and draw near to God. If you do those two things you are setting yourself up for spiritual success. By this our plans become God’s Plans and not merely our own, our Prayers become God’s prayers and not just our words, our Lives become God’s and hence devil free, our growth become spiritual growth and not just self-help, Our minds become focused through God and not random and scattered, and our misery turns to joy. How often do we leave God out of our daily living. It seems that the more stress we are under or the more important the issues the easier it is to forget the one with the direction and wisdom that we need. As one of our group said, Obedience pays off.
Next week Chapter 5, the Final Chapter: All are welcome to join in the study at any time on Mondays at 6:00. Group members and anyone with an observation on the text are welcome to add a comment