I'm a little confused. Lets read the last chapter of James together, okay? Okay.
It says starting with verse 13 here:
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is any one happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Okay. That's a lot, but it's all truth. It's all the word of God. There are some things that I am wondering about, wondering how we miss so much. (I am not trying to be mean by the way.) I am no expert, there is just a question here. And you know what my current feelings are about experts anyway? Well, they might have gone to school to learn about these things, and yes in many ways they do understand in their heads further than my learning has brought me, but let us also remember that those of us who have chosen to follow Christ have His Spirit within our being. Does he not know more than any scholar ever could dream of knowing? Okay then. So when He speaks to my heart I have no fear of speaking about it anymore because I know that He lives in me. He will bring clarity and keep my path straight because I am seeking Him. I am seeking His truth, not just what fits my desires.
Okay, you will have to be patient with this girl. There is far too much going on all over the place and I can't help it. I am brimming with so much that I cannot keep straight in my speech and I'm surprised it all comes out somewhere near coherent.
There are so many huge things there, but I guess that's what scripture is and why God makes certain parts stick out to us at certain points. Like the fact that Elijah was a man just like us...we just won't go there cause there is too much. My confusion lies in the first paragraph. Pray when you are in trouble. Got it. Praise when you are happy. Got it. Then it gets to this part about sickness. Go read that again real quick.
Call on the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.
Um, so am I reading that wrong? Because it seems to me that we should have a lot more healing in the church if this is true. It doesn't say, if their sickness is small enough...if it's just a cold or something. Which, by the way, I am not sure that many of us really go to God for healing with those things either. It doesn't give ifs there. It just says that the Lord will heal them. So that leads me to believe that perhaps our prayers are not prayed with faith. And I will be honest, my prayers lack faith a lot of times. Faith isn't something you can conjure up either. It's something GIVEN by the grace of God in my opinion. So are we praying for faith? And when He gives us situations to build up our faith, are we listening? Seriously, there is so much stuff that really doesn't match up when I read the New Testament.
I don't know. Maybe I am really confused and I don't get the context or the original language or something. I am willing and ready to be wrong. Please tell me where my confusion lies and I will listen and pray about it. I am serious about that. I am learning so much right now and I want to know truth. I want nothing to hold me back from living in all that God has called me to. And if none of you have the answer and I am still wrong none the less, then I know that God will clarify in this soul. I just want to speak the things that I am wondering about because perhaps you wonder the same things too. Perhaps you feel like in so many ways we are missing the awesome stuff that Jesus had planned for us. Perhaps you agree that our fears and worries are living in the wrong places and that we really should not have them at all. The things that hold us back should have no power over a follower of the risen Lord. Why are we fumbling like we are in darkness when we have been filled with the light of men?
Just my little question. I know that this may not mean much to many of you because you might be far past the place where I am right now, but I know that there are others living in this unfulfilled Christian life. I don't want any of us to live there anymore! I want us to all live the in the full blessing of Christ and be filled with His LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, GOODNESS, KINDNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF CONTROL. This is what is seen more abundantly in our lives as evidence that the Spirit is in control of us.
I know at least that to be true.
Fill me more each day Jesus. Fill me with your love.
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