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James 4:4-10

Most the time when we read or hear someone talking about being jealous, it's not a positive thing. But as James reminds us to stay away from living like the world in James 4, he talks about God being jealous, and it's a positive thing. "Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us'"?

So what does James 4:4-10 show you about God's love for you? What about God's desire for your devotion, attention, service? Tami W.

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Good Morning P4ers! Hope you've benefited from our study this week on intimacy with God. To build on that topic, if you haven't checked our our Facebook page recently, be sure to take minute to watch a video of our special guest today on Back to the Bible. Jeffrey Dean is a pastor, author & communicator who is also excited about goTandem, our new discipleship tool. Tune in to the program if you get a chance!

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God wants us to stay clean of the moral decay that surrounds us. He cannot abide the part of us that "goes with the flow", and just pretends that all is well. You can see that the world is truly going the way of the adversary, with "do what you will is the whole of the law", instead of God's law. Dr. Kroll talked to us this morning about Jeremiah, and the similarities to then and now are striking! We know that God is there, and he rises earlier than us waiting for us to praise him, and worship him so we can enter his house forever. It is our job to not blindly follow the path of the world, but to follow the Lord's will

I definitely agree with Mr.David M. 'Going with the flow' gets us nowhere. The scripture says "Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you....'. Let's not turn a blind eye to what it says because that will indeed put a holt on our spiritual progress. I am a witness of that. Thankfully, God is a merciful and forgiving God and I am glad that He has not forsaken me because I haven't been getting as close to Him as I ought to be.

When you think about the price that was paid for us, God has every right to be jealous. When I think about all that was invested in me, I want to live for Him. I want to serve Him because He's worthy of it.

How can we, whom have been given so much, align ourselves with the world. Everything the world offers stinks to high heaven and only leads to destruction.

I love Him, and want to be pleasing to Him.

I have always loved the epistle of James. The Lord's half-brother got "IT" nailed downed to a t about how to live astrightforward, "no frills included" Christian walk. James doesn't use high language like the good brother Paul, but the wisdom and love he shows us to not give up an inch on the battlefield of life. Work and faith go together like a hand and glove; about looking after our own and not going outside of the Word for spiritual food. Now, James tells us not to be hypocrites - actors of the walk we say we walk. we are to be righteous, not self righteous, be joyful but not frivilous with our time or resources. Finally, James teaches us to humble ourselves before the Lord, he will exalt(see pick up)us with righteousness and faithfulness.

I lived and participated with the ways of this world, and it starts out all fun and exciting ... that's just its way to lure us in deeper. And once the world thinks it got you hooked, it ain't such a fun place any more. My God can be jealous all he wants, because I know his love and concern for me will only benefit me. I know my life here on this earth is only temporary, but the life I can have, he, my Father, promise is for eternity. Can't no jealous human can offer me that type of life. So, I rather be in the presence of my God who truly and unconditionally loves and adored me.

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