Wednesday, 28 September 2011

James - Faith produces Dependence on God

James 4 vs 13-17:

(13)  You people who say, "Today or tomorrow we can going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit."
(14)  How do you know what will happen tomorrow?  For your life is like the morning fog - its here a little while, then its gone.
(15)  What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that."
(16)  Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
(17)  Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

The thing that stands out for me is ONLY God knows our life and the length of it.  And its arrogant to say "I'll do this" or "I'm doing that" because we're boasting in our own strength.

So instead I try to say, "If God wills, I'd like to do this or that."  Why?  Because faith in God indicates my dependence on Him!
Are you plugged into God's word?

The other thing that caught my attention is vs 17 is that it is a sin if we know what we should do, and then don't do it!  That is a scary thought.  How many times have I known what to do and not done it?  This verse says its a sin.

Another section of James that needs to sink into the heart!

God bless

Linking with Jackie at Adventures in the Ordinary for:


  1. Love this truth... "faith in God indicates my dependence on Him," so true Tracy! Fear of the unknown has us making our own plans and struggling to make things happen in our own strength. That also sadly squeezes God out. Thanks for your insight :)

  2. Eish!
    I was quite happy walking around in my fog.
    Another holy clap for today.
    Have much to ponder.

  3. Hi Tracy,

    This is so true; if we walk in a consistent and faithful relationship trusting in God's provision then we should never come to a time when we do not know His will. Nor should there be a time when we are not able to carry out His will. We should passionately pursue an intimate relationship with Him throughout the day!! :)

    Enjoy your day today! :)
    Blessings and hugs,

  4. Thank you for the Bible study in James. It's so up to date.

  5. Great encouragement Tracy! I am enjoying your James study.

  6. Tracy - In the past few years I have been weighted by the know what to do and not do it is sin. It seems so easy to put people in a mold. Yet, my thoughts on this verse are, we are held accountable not by our evaluation compared to others...but by the truth of the Word and the calling/knowledge He has put into each us. Individually. I would love to study the Greek on fact, just might do that now. Thanks for sharing. And stirring thought. Blessings ~ jen

  7. I agree with Heidi's comment. I am so blessed by the reminder that, "faith in God indicates my dependence on Him." Praying for total surrender today. Thanks for this! Blessings to you!!

  8. Tracy, verse 17 stood out to me too. Wow! This is a great study - thanks!

  9. Hi Heidi - dependence on God is key and showing it by acknowledging His will in our lives is what i've got out of this section of James. Thanks for your sweet words

    Hi Stefanie - eish in deed

    Hi Denise - great point, seeking out His will all throughout the day

    Hi Jedidja - thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it

    Hi Jenifer - thank you, I appreciate the encouragement.

    Hi Jen - funny you make that point. I didn't even think about that verse until I was finishing off my post and randomly added it. Since then its been in my mind on and off the whole day - like there is SO much more to it. Look forward to what you come up with.

    Hi Deb, yes total surrender show our faith, great way of putting it

    Hi Lisa - yes, and that verse has been bouncing around in my head all day, like there is more to delve into there.

    Ladies, as always, your comments are a huge blessing to me.
    God bless

  10. So true - only God knows what will happen tomorrow.

    Visiting from On Your Heart Tuesdays :)

  11. What a wonderfully encouraging post, my friend!
    Thank you!

  12. VS 17 is one of my favorite verses in the bible, it is soo challenging as it applies to all area's of our life where there is a gray area. It reminds me of the verse "everyman does what he thinks is right but God judges the heart", i think they fit nicely together!
    Regards Anon M

  13. Tracy,

    I have been learning a lot about dependence lately, and your post today really drove the point home, my strength comes from the Lord, my dependence is on Him because only He knows what tomorrow will bring and I depend on Him to get me through it, not my own strength. Awesome post Tracy.

  14. So pierced by the truth of God's word. I have renewed my commitment to making today count. The days are precious.

  15. Hi Amy - thank you for the visit, will hop over later to visit back, and yes, only God knows, so we should trust Him only

    Hi Stefanie - thank you, I appreciate that

    Hi Anon M - excellent point, vs 17 has been tumbling around in my head as I think there is far more to it than meets the eye.

    Hi Kandi - dependence on God is so scary but when we take that step of faith, He comes through like nothing else could. Great to see you here

    Hi Shannon - amen, I stand with you on that, today I commit to making it count!

    Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate them and you bless me with them.
    God bless



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