The text this week is James 4:11-17 in which James counsels us to let God be God – the judge and the one who governs our circumstances. The worship theme will focus on the sovereign hand of God in our lives, and the visual theme will be mist (‘What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14)
Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 150503 Heart Prep
A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26
Out of the Depths by Sovereign Grace
Sovereign Over Us – Aaron Keyes
Thy Will be Done – Indelible Grace (Worship Team)
Invitation to Communion:
Whate’er My God Ordains – Indelible Grace
Everything is Yours – Assad
God is in Control – Twila Paris
Scriptures for Meditation:
James 4:11-16 (DSV) Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So whoever knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, for him it is sin.
Matthew 7:1-6“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Luke 12:13-21 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”