Sunday 9/11/11 Pastor Michaelís sermon: Kill It !! James 4:1-8
*Kill any obstacles that will keep you from the favor of God.*
There is a division between the rich and the poor. The divide = the gap between them has grown to be the highest in 80 years. The top 1% made 1.1 million dollars a year. The rest of the middle class averaged $55,000 a household. In America the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Millions of people are now getting food stamps. There are also neighborhoods for the millionaires and neighborhoods =ghettos for the poor.
In James, the rich Christians are taking on the characteristics of the Romans.=rich and self-centered. The world says you get ahead by stepping on folk. Christians=followers of God know that He will promote us in due season. God will take care of his own. God always sustains us! We are not blessed by accident. God chooses to bless us on purpose. It is God whose brought us a mighty long way! James said people were turning on each other because they had taken on worldly ways.
What To Do:
1) Donít Hate: Donít hate on the folks that God is blessing. This is why God isnít blessing you! We need to recognize we are all in this together. We need to kill the spirit of envy. Stop saying why them and not me. This is why God isnít blessing us. We need to understand that we donít deserve the blessings. Once we do this, then we wonít hate on people that God is blessing. You canít be a hater and have God elevate you. God wonít elevate haters because they are full of envy. Kill it! Kill the hate and envy! Kill it! Kill the hate and envy!
We need to celebrate the blessed one. If God is blessing them around us then we know we could be next! Next! We can be next to be blessed in the neighborhood! Celebrate our neighbor being blessed. Next! We want to be Next!
2) Donít Hide: In James, the haters were hating because they were trying to impress somebody. The blessed people were getting blessed so they could be a blessing to somebody else! We have so many clothes in our closet.. We have skinny clothes, mid-size clothes and now-size clothes. We need to give the skinny clothes away. We need to bless someone with our clothes.
God is NOT in the business of blessing folk that love themselves. These folk talk about themselves all the time and if God gave them money, they would spend it on themselves. We need to kill the spirit that loves ourselves more than we love God! How do we know that we love ourselves more than God? If we get mad when God tells us to bless someone with our skinny clothes!!
3) Donít Be Prideful: Donít try to make it look like we are so blessed by going into debt just to look good. God doesnít need our help in blessing us. We need to walk in God and humble ourselves. Kill the pride! God will exalt us in due season. For those of us who are followers of God, He gives us favor=MEGA FAVOR!!
**Anything that gets in our way to receive Mega Favor = Kill It!!
**We need to ask God for blessings so we can bless others!!