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#16 - WHAT A SPIRIT-SENSITIVE CHURCH LOOKS LIKE

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
James 5:1 - 6

#16 "James - Soundness Of Soul"

What happens when people begin to go through the ordinary affairs of life - travel, business, purchases, accounting and legers, profit and loss - without thinking about God? What happens, says James, is they start to consider their time their own and they start to consider their business their own. They get presumptuous. But this sin of heart isn't openly or obviously wicked. It's just the way most people live in the real world. 



How do you tell when the Holy Spirit, rather than impulse, habit, or emotion is governing my life? Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and the authority of the Word of God will make me counter-cultural to the normal patterns of response to life. The Holy Spirit pushes and crowds the Lordship of Jesus into my life in ways that are culturally and economically distinguishable.


James covers both rejoicing and weeping because pleasure and pain cover the poles of my life. Everything is a part of one or the other. Which is harder - to rejoice in suffering or to weep over self-indulgence? I don't know, but James calls us to both. 


In our text today he sounds an alarm to those being smothered in indulgent pleasure. Spiritually sensitive people recognize God's call to  responses that don't fit in with the ordinary patterns and habits of the flesh. They see dangers where everyone else sees indulgence and prosperity. And they weep as the Holy Spirit exposes carelessness and selfishness. 



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