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6/5/2005 ~ Healing From Sin's Consequences


Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. ... ~ James 5:13-20

... he who turns a sinner from error of his way will save a soul ... ~ James 5:20
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What SIN does to a person.                                    │   
└─> reverse verse 20. <──────────────┘   
├─> Inflicts death.                            
└─> Walk with haste against salvation.   

God took great lengths to reveal His will.
~ God did this through His Holy Spirit.
Sin is we come short of the glory of God.

People wanted to be healed of their sickness.

┌─> Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, leprosy healed.
... his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, ... ~ 2nd Kings 5:14-15

... fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, ... ~ Leviticus 10:1-2

┌─> Men of Sodom try to rape Lot's guests.
... struck ... with blindness, both small and great, ... ~ Genesis 19:10-11

... the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, ... ~ Acts 13:6-12

In the past God's punishments have been swift.

... "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? ..."
~ Acts 5:1-11


For this reason many are weak and sick among you, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 11:30

What is the price of integrity?

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, ... ~ Proverbs 22:1

The greatest sin is that we are separated from God.

Do you want to be eternally separated from God?
                                                           └─> You are if you continually sin.

... There is sin leading to death. ... ~ 1st John 5:14-17

Repentance is the pivotal thing.

Attitude of some who won’t repent:
We want to sow of the flesh and still receive redemption.


... they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, ... ~ Romans 1:24-32

┌─> Look for the hope, the refreshing.               
... be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, ... ~ Acts 3:19

~ But I can't see God helping me.
└─> What Satan wants.

... The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~ James 5:16

God is not interested in self-important prayers.

... this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; ...
~ Luke 18:9-14


We need to pray to God and put Him first in truth.

One man, one prayer means alot.

If you really want to get past sin,
you have to ask those who believe to pray for you.

... If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, ... ~ 1st John 1:7-10

Admit your sins, humble yourself in the face of God.
-> Pride is hard to overcome.

      • REPENT
      • PRAY
      • CONFESS     
      • ELDERS

We need to go to our elders with our problems.
God wants us to succeed.

... Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: ... ~ 1st Corinthians 12:7-11
                   └─> Gifts were given to 1st century Christians.
┌─> Miraculous healings.       

... and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. ... ~ Acts 8:5-8

When James was written, some of these miracle workings
of the Holy Spirit were still occurring.

The Bible gives us the answer.
We may have to live with certain consequences.
What we can't do is sell what is not true.
There is no longer miraculous healers.


... they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 13:8-13


WE NEED TO TAKE FAITH IN THE GRACE OF GOD



 

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