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Pastor Gearl Spicer, April 7, 2024
Part of the Ready For The Adventure series, preached at a Sunday Online service

James 5:1–12

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Sermon Notes

Ready For The Adventure
Ready to Wait
James 5:1-12

Have you ever been impatient in life?

Learning to wait is the wisest ways to discover the true adventure of life~

*Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
*Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
*I will wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope.Psalm 130:5
*Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receiver the crown of life which the Lords has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
*Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:1-12

I. Wicked man’s riches – James 5:1-6
A. The sacred trust of blessings requires wisdom and obedience
B. To treasure what perishes is the great act of foolishness

II. Faithful man’s choices – James 5:7-12
A. Choice #1 – Be patient – James 5:7-8
*Plant your seeds wisely
*Strengthen your hearts
B. Choice #2 – Be wise – James 5:9
*Complaints create judgement
*Live understanding God is watching
C. Choice #3 – Be willing – James 5:10-11
*Endure for an eternal purpose
*Surrender ultimate outcomes to Jesus
D. Choice #4 – Be decisive – James 5:12
*Direct your heart to decisiveness
*Commit to what truly matters

Will you wait with a faithful heart?