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Injustice (Glenn Colley & Paul Owen)

For us to be able to be here tonight to bring this lesson to you, but take your Bibles and turn to James chapter five, James chapter five. That’s we’ll begin our study tonight. Uh, it’s kind of interesting as we open our Bibles tonight that we have a couple of lessons before us. And the first question I have for you at home would be, you know, what do you do when there is injustice committed against you?

What do you do when there is injustice committed against you?

And you feel like that someone has hurt you and done something thing. So you, uh, what do you do? You might say, what if I had absolute power to repay, uh, someone for something that they’ve done to me without any kind of consequence? What, what would you do and that kind of situation, uh, what would you do if you, uh, had no recourse whatsoever?

And, uh, what we’re going to look at tonight is the ladder. And so the people that are being defrauded in our chapter tonight and our texts. I really had no recourse. And so what were they supposed to do? They were supposed to be patient during this time, understand that judgment that God is on his throne and he is our heavenly father.

I am his child and he does see what’s happening and there will be a reckoning one day. And the second thing we can look at tonight in our text, is it a, there is something about the love of money that brings out the worst in people. In fact sometimes when we think about the love of money, what people will do to have a little more money, sometimes it shocks us, I think about human trafficking and what a terrible crime against humanity.

That is how awful and drug trafficking and things like that. Uh, but it’s not a new problem. I mean, you look at the love of money. It goes way back into the old Testament. And, uh, Glen looking back, uh, in the old Testament, think about. People that had this, this craving, this lust to have more, I think about Joseph’s brothers that sold him a for 20 checkers of silver.

I think about Aiken because he had a lust for gold and silver brought death upon himself, brought death upon his family and 36 Israelite soldiers lost their lives. I think about Delilah, the girlfriend of Samson. Uh, sold him for a fee to the Philistines, betrayed him and ice and Sapphire with held money.

They said they had given to the Lord. And you remember that consequence there’s Judas who went to the chief praise and said, what are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you? And of course we remember that was 30 pieces of silver. So it seems that the love of money does have a terrible pole. On people, you know, wealth has an undertow that few people are prepared to deal with when cast into its wake.

And so the words as we look at James five tonight are very powerful and strong words, but they’re words that you and I need to hear. It’s true. And, and, uh, the list that you just gave of people who were connected with money, not on the loose on all those cases, have the same kind of attachment to money.

In some cases like Aiken, for example, it was about, it was about the money it was about the money. Uh, and in some of those cases, like with Judas, I’m not so sure that it was just about the money, but it doesn’t really matter because your point’s valid in all these cases, money was part of that wickedness money played a part, and this is something that is applicable to all of us.

Now what we’re about to get into in this chapter. Contains things that that may or may not affect you directly, but I can tell you what we’ll is that all of us, regardless of how much money we have are going to have to be careful about having the right kind of hard about it and keeping ourselves straight.

And the second thing is, as you mentioned, a moment ago, is that this is going to be a chapter about injustice. To, and, and all of us in our lives are going to face times where we feel like we’ve been unjustly treated and it children, little children. I mean, one of the, I don’t know if it’s true, but all of them, but early on in their young lives, children are going to learn how to say.

That’s not fair. Right. And so bitterness is, I mean, an injustice, it’s a bitter thing, and he’s gonna address that here. So that exactly right. And so we want, want to do, is we want to make sure that we understand a balance. We always need to approach the scripture with a balance and understand, uh, that this is not a denunciation of, of wealthy people.

Because we can go into the Bible and see that there was righteous people who were wealthy. I like Proverbs chapter 10 verse 22 says the blessings of the Lord brings wealth and he adds no trouble to it. And so how about somebody in the Bible that was wealthy was a righteous man. Well, Abraham was, and job was suffered grievously, but not because he mistreated his money.

He was a very wealthy man. Barnabas was evidently a wealthy man and chose a bear Matthia wise. And so of these people. Who were wealthy, but they were also godly. It’s all right. To have wealth and riches. As long as we don’t put our trust in those riches and wealth, Proverbs 1128 says he who puts his trust and riches will, this is a promise will fall.

So let’s go ahead. And, and Glen, I want to read the first six verses. So we get a context of what we’re talking about tonight. We’re in James five verses one through six. Come. Now you rich. Weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you, your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth. Your gold and silver are corroded and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire.

You have heaped up treasures in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Savion. You have lived on earth and pleasure and luxury. You have fattened your hearts. As in the day of slaughter, you are condemned.

You have murdered the judge. You have not who have not resisted. You. So that’s a great context of what we’re talking about of both. Uh, there’s a warning there to those who would be rich or have a love for riches and with the fraud people to get rich. And also there’s a comfort to those who own earth or who are God’s.

Children are being defrauded and injustice is coming to them. So he says in verse one, come now you rich weep and howl for the miseries. Coming upon you. It’s almost like James can look into the future Glenn and send the end before the beginning. Oh yeah. Yeah. And he’s warning them. And some people speculate that, that they’re going to face two things that will make them howl than one is the destruction of Jerusalem in 80 70.

That will be about 10 years after this. But of course the big picture is hail and you’ve got this, this, I don’t know, in the new Testament of a condemnation it’s harsher than this. What’s interesting to me, Paul, is that we’ve been talking about this some before we started the class tonight. I’m not at all convinced that that the warning and the condemnation about wealth is directed against the Christians.

I don’t believe that it is. I think the there’s a warning there about letting this happen to them, but the ones who he’s condemning, I don’t believe are Christians. When you get to verse six. He finishes the condemnation and he says, you’ve condemned, you’ve murdered. The, just, he does not resist you. And then verse seven, therefore, and look how soft it gets be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord.

See how the farmer waits for the precious feudal fruit of the earth waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter. Right. So again, back to this point about injustice is that you’ve got Christians here. There often are legitimate recourses that Christians can take when they face injustice.

Sometimes there’s a legal recourse that our country has given us to remedy problems. But like you said, want to go, what happens when you get to the end of your rope? And there’s no recourse, it’s just, it just comes down to the fact that that injustice is upon me. And it’s very bitter because it’s not fair.

What happens then, and then that’s what this was about. Or are we going to somehow subvert the word of God? And we’re going to say, you know what, I’m going to, I’m going to get my revenge. Uh, he wrong me or she wronged me. And, uh, I’m just gonna wait for the right moment. I’m going to be. Patient and evil, and I’m going to wait for the right moment and then I’m going to get them and I’m going to, and so that could be one reaction, but, but, but these little people here, you know, they, they had didn’t have that recourse.

And so he’s telling them, you be patient, you endure, you have a heavenly father, this taken care of, but Paul, right. But injustice is so bitter that I feel justified. If I don’t have the scripture to hold me back and somebody wrongs me. I feel like that I’m adjusted, I’m justified in paying them back. Right.

And paying them back in kind. Even though you say, wait a minute, you’re leaving scripture to do that. Wait, that’s not the right way to do it. Well, you can ingest. This is so hard. Your head could be filled with this until you’re going to pay it back and it can grow and grow, you know, the war and you can go to hell with them.

That’s right. The more you think about that, then you become the prisoner of those thoughts and the bitterness that goes along with it. Uh, you know, some people say, you know, I would never get revenge. That’s just not in my nature, but yet they get out on a Daytona five, hit 500 out here on a 72 and someone can cut them off and they, you know, Honk their horn and they tried to cut them off and you see it all the time.

You know, people, sometimes I say, I just want it. That’s what he did to me. That’s what I’m going to do to him. I’m going to get him back. I’m showing him how that feels. And, and James says, no, no, no, no, no. That’s, that’s not the way a Christian. We should pray for our enemies. Jesus said. And, uh, we’re not to be people who retaliate in this matter.

Well, you know, Matthew five and Jesus said, if somebody’s smart showing your right cheek, turn to him, the other also. And it doesn’t mean that we’re doormats. It doesn’t mean that it’s sometimes there are legitimate recourses, like I said, but, but at the end of the day, a vengeance, Romans 12, 19 isn’t for us, vengeance belongs to God.

So the people who have defrauded these Christians, uh, and these small people, I call them, they have no recourse. Uh, what, what did these rich people traded in order to be these wet, wicked, wealthy people? What did they traded and end? He says here, your judgment is coming. He says you’re going to weep. And how that’s an interesting word.

How does that make you feel as chills made it? I mean, he didn’t just say, uh, what’s coming is bad and you’re going to cry. He says, you’re going to Howell. Isn’t that something, you know, weeping. Is that same word. When, when Peter went out and the Bible says, when the Lord looked at him, he went out and he wept bitterly.

So here’s someone who’s loudly and they’re an agony. And matter of fact, I read today that this literally means a continuous agony of the soul. And that’s what it would be for a person. Who’s traded everything that is godly and spiritual and eternal and their life for something very temporary. And they have used people.

They have defrauded people to hoard this wealth. And, and can you imagine stepping into eternity with that kind of heart and there’s no hope why would a loving God give us this in the Bible? Why, why would a God who is merciful and kind. And loves us so much that he would send his son, why would he put something in the Bible that is so harsh?

And the answer of course is because he does love us. And, and what’s happened to these people is that they wanted the money so bad. And we’re going to talk about this some more in a minute, but they defrauded their workers. They cheated people in order to get more. And he’s just, he’s saying you are going to be howling in your misery.

So it does a couple of things. One is that it would warn us today. You be careful about material things, don’t you don’t you think that you could live a wicked life in order to gain more material things, and this ends good. You won’t. And, and the second thing is that if you are the recipient of some of this injustice, uh, I want you to know that that your God is going to deal with this.

He heal. It’s not that we wish people would go to hell, but is that. It’s that God’s got this. And he said, we can take some solace since of peace to know that we don’t have to fix everything. And we, number one, we can’t fix everything. Right. But our heavenly father knows the details. Right. He knows the number of hairs on our head.

He knows our faults a far off. He knows what it is that we go through and he sees it and there will be justice one day. And the prayer is father. I can’t fix this. So I, I believe you that your feet that’s, that’s all I can do. It’s just the almighty God who hung the stars in this guy who built the universe can take care of me and my, my, my small problem.

That’s it? Not to us. It’s big, but in reality to God, it’s a small, he can take care of us. So verse two. So, so a picture Glen of this person, and they’ve got their arms wrapped around their pilot goal, right. And they, and they’ve done terrible things to get it. Listen, what he says. He says, Your riches are corrupted.

Your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flashlight. Fire. You have reaped up treasure in the last day. And, and so, so there is this, you might say twofold judgment here. The one is that these people think that this gold and silver, uh, this land.

Or whatever, is there their clothes that they’ve amassed? And he says, you know, these things are not going to laugh. You can’t take these into, Aternity a matter of fact, uh, here on earth, you know, your, your clothes, how many times have you gone into a closet? And all of a sudden there’ll be a hole. Well, what happened?

Well, maybe there’s a moth was in there. And so, uh, so this kind of thing happens. He said, but there’s an ultimate judgment. And, uh, but back then, you know, you think about their wealth. And their wealth was not in stocks and bonds, but it was in sheep and cattle and land and clothes. And so anyway, he’s telling them that don’t put your faith in such things.

I’m reminded of revelation three with the layout of sins. When Jesus said, you know, you’re blind, you don’t know it, but you’re blind. You can’t. And it was about material things. And the, in the layout of sins, they were lukewarm and all. And he said by of me, I SAF. That you may see you need medication from the Lord to see clearly.

Well, you think about how you described the rich here in, in James five and how they looked at the gold and silver and the garments. And now you put on Jesus classes here and, and the way that Jesus sees them is the riches are arrested. The garments are moth eaten, they’re corroded. And, uh, and here’s how this is going to end up in.

It’s very, very bad. And he wants them to see it for what it really is and see the strong language. Again, Paul is because of the, of the adherence, the glue that holds people to their material, things. So tightly to the Lake, the neglect of go of a God. So tightly, and he’s got to pull him free from that. How do you do it?

I expect you to do it with this kind of language. Your riches are corrupted. Your garments are moth eight and your golden silver are corroded. And their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh. Like fire it’s amazingly strong, but, but he’s trying to pull him free. So we might, we, you and I can say, well, you know, your clothes are Moffitt and we’ve all experienced that you might say, uh, you know, maybe their grain in their silos that they had stored up.

It started to rot. He said, that’d be a witness against you. Uh, but, but gold and silver, you know, sometimes we scratch our head, I think in the, is it the new King? James says rust and some other translations say corrode, and we say, well, you know that rust. And so, you know, gold doesn’t rust. Right, right. Um, but yeah, so he’s talking about this, not in a literal way, but in a figurative way.

It’s how God sees it. That’s right. So, uh, So the attitude of get all you can while you can, and, uh, you know, put a lid on it and sit on the lid or something like that, you know? Uh, and that’s not the attitude that we should have. Remember the one who came to Jesus and Luke chapter 12 and, uh, who his brother had defrauded him out of the inheritance.

And Jesus said, Uh, take heat and be aware of covetousness for a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of the things he possesses. It’s a big, it’s a big concept, isn’t it? That’s every one of us has to get that. So, so sometimes we are successful in our minds. If we have two nice cars in the garage, we have a 3000 square foot house or 4,000.

Square foot house. And we wear these kinds of clothes, these kinds of shoes, this dress, this purse, whatever it is. And sometimes we think that it’s that status. And God says, no, that’s, that’s not a measure of your success. Now it’s important to say again that, that it is not sinful to have money. It’s not sinful in itself to have material things.

There’s no virtue in poverty. In and of itself. Here’s Mark chapter 10 23. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, how hard is it for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God? So there’s temptation attached to material wealth, but here’s third, John two beloved. I pray that you may prosper.

In all things and be in health just as your soul prospers. So in one passage, he says, you’ve got to be careful about material things because you could be lost. And the other past she says, I pray for you that you might prosper. Well, the answer is what you just said, which is that we’ve got to have the, the right mindset about it.

It’s one thing for us to, we might say possess an abundance of things as Jesus said there, but it’s another for abundance of things to possess us. Right. And that’s what we want to stay awake. So there’s two things. Glenn really going on with the wealth here that we need to consider. Number one, we don’t need to use people, uh, defraud people and lie and cheat, uh, to be able to get wealth that’s wrong.

And there’s another thing here is that when we, when we do have wealth and we all are rich, right? I mean, we live in America. We have more than so much more than anyone else has in the world. These third world countries, we’re very rich. And so we have a responsibility to use that in the right way. To make sure that we are giving of our means, uh, to the Lord on the first day of the week, to make sure that we’re sharing with those who have a need to be thankful, uh, to see these things that we have is evidence of God’s love.

Colossians three, five says covetousness. Well, this is really strong is idolatry. And you think of all the major sins in the Bible, whatever they may be, where would you put idolatry? Oh, yeah, God before him at the top. So what great lesson. So first force is indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out.

And the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of savvy auth. So this a system that they lived in was a culture of agriculture. So what they would do, is it a. These land owners, what we would maybe call corporate land owners today, corporations that have these large farms. Well there’s these people who have large farms back then.

And so what they would do is they would hire people. They had some servants that, that lived on the farm, but the vast majority of people they hired to. So we have a lot of people, uh, to reap when there was a harvest. And what they would do is they would take these people who are hired by the day. Now, these people work.

Day to day. I mean, that’s how they live day to day and they didn’t have a whole lot and they would come and they would work. And, uh, these, these land owners would say, you know what, uh, I’ll pay you so much a day and they’ll come. And they work. And then at the end of the day, they said, well, you don’t want, I can’t pay you.

Uh, you just going to have to wait to the end of the harvest. And then once all the, uh, the money comes in from the harvest, the sell of the grain, then we’ll, we’ll pay it. And so this person who works from date lifts from day to day works all the way till harvest time. And on virtually nothing. And then he’s waiting to get paid so he can feed his family.

They come back and they say, Aw, you know what? Harvest wasn’t as much as we thought it would be, uh, I’m sorry. We said, we could pay this. We’re going to have to pay you so they would cheat them and they would defraud them. And, uh, and these were little people and they had no recourse. There are cultures in the world right now.

There are societies that I’ve seen where. Where they don’t have what we have in the U S about business that involves an element of trust. That’s what you’re talking about here in Matthew, chapter 20, you have Jesus giving a parable about a vineyard owner who hires laborers through the day. Now I won’t go into all of that, but it’s just so interesting to me that in verse four, you have what he’s telling them.

So he says, now you come and work for me and my vineyard for today day workers. And, and I will pay you what is right? Isn’t that something? And they knew what was right. Didn’t they, well, you know, a dollar amount wasn’t mentioned, but they trusted him that he would pay them an appropriate amount and he trusted them.

And so when you go to a restaurant today, this is, this is an example of this, and it’s not true about every place that you go to eat. But if you go to a restaurant in most cases where you sit down, you eat the food and then you get the check and then you pay. So they’re sort of giving you the product on credit.

They’re trusting you in a very courteous way to do that. And so that’s what you have here with these these day workers. But of course, they’re in a pickle because once you, once you work a day and he says, you got to work another day before you get paid or, or, or seven more days, and then you get paid, they’ve already invested.

They’ve already, you know, they’ve got to keep going in order to ultimately get their money. And so. It’s a terrible fraud. Isn’t it? What was happening here? They were wealthy, but they got their Wells from defrauding people. Leviticus 1913 says you shall not cheat your neighbor nor Rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.

Let’s talk in here. The law was talking about this person who work day to day, Deuteronomy 24 14. You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, where the one of your brother or one of the aliens who’s in your land within your Gates each day, you shall give him his wages and not let the sun go down on it for he is poor and has said it has his heart set on it.

Lest he cry out against you, the Lord. And it’d be a sin to you. That sounds very similar that this passage right here, doesn’t it. It does. So to make it very practical because I know that all of us. Look at this passage and we start asking ourselves questions, am I doing wrong by how I treat my material things?

And, and what’s the, the, the measuring stick by which I determined that. And should I feel guilty about what God has blessed me with and about spending it? And I think you can probably distill it down to three questions. One, how did I obtain this? Did I obtain it legitimately? Well, of course the, these people being condemned in James five, the answer is no.

They, they got it by fraud. How did I obtain it to, how do I view it? And do I appreciate the fact that this world is not my home. I’m just passing through my real treasures in heaven. And I want to use these material things with which God has blessed me for legitimate purposes. I want to be rich toward God while I’m here, but listen, I’m not confused about this.

My home is heaven. And then number three. What use am I to what use am I putting my material possessions? How am I actually spending it to God’s glory and to take care of my family and those kinds of questions. And so those are the three questions that you got to ask about your material things. And these people are failing that test.

And I came up with three little things. Just, this is a test. So where am I? Kind of like what you said, you know, where are we? And I think sometimes it’s good for us to really examine our own lives, to find where we are. With our material things, to make sure that we have the right attitude and right heart, and God is pleased with this.

And so never one do we constantly dream of the days will things will be better for us. Well, I think we all want to get ahead and we want to do better. We want to get a better education. Uh, but you know, if, if it’s only the purpose for amassing more money and the hoarding and that sort of thing. Well, we are to be content with such things.

As we have a question, number two, do you find. Yourself, comparing what God has blessed you with with what God has blessed someone else with. So sometimes the person can say, well, I have this and this, but, but they have so much more, well, that’s probably you to be happy with what you do. You don’t reason why, uh, we don’t have $50 million.

Well, it may be because God knows that we can’t handle it. Right. And so we ought to be content and thankful for what we have and be a steward of the thing. So that’s all we are. It all belongs to God. We’re just managers of what is his don’t run to want to better yourself, not to be in a place where I just can’t be content because I always want more.

And then, and then lastly, do you find it hard to give God at least a portion of that, which he’s blessed you with? Okay. Are you sacrificial in your giving when it comes? And so those are good questions along with your questions, just to think, how am I doing with this thing of, of materialism to make sure that, that, uh, my life maintains the balance that it ought to, uh, spiritually speaking as it relates to material things.

Well, we’re almost out of time, but let’s go ahead and look at the verse five. So he’s talking about these, these wicked wealthy people. He says you have lived on the earth and pleasure and luxury. You have fattened your hearts as the day of slaughter. And you remember the, uh, the man in Luke 12, uh, he’s called the rich what’s.

He called rich fool. Isn’t that interesting. And, uh, what did he think his life was about? Gaining more, gaining more. And, uh, so, you know, he, he really was a man who was living for the wrong world. He was focused on time when he should have been focused on eternity. And he thought that the more he had, uh, possessions, he had, the more longer he was going to live with himself.

That’s right. He was a man that was all about his soul and his goods. And, uh, he thought the more he had, you know, that he said, I’ve laid up much for many years and, and God says, you fool. This night, your soul will be required of you. So, uh, verse six says you have condemned, you have murdered the JAST and he does not resist you.

This is such a powerful verse. The, um, Jesus had been crucified of course, some years earlier. And so it’s not uncommon for commentaries to have a disagreement about this verse, about who the. Who the, the righteous one was just one was. And, and some say that it has to do with any just man and the, and the rich that are persecuting them or defrauding them.

That’s the point against whatever the unjust people are in the world at the time, or the, just people that there are harming the just, but the more obvious thing is that it’s Jesus Christ, especially when you look at the last part of the verse. And he does not resist you. There’s like, there’s an amazing thing that I want you to think about from this verse.

That’s true through the scriptures that God sees a particular kind of heart in, in one generation and he’ll look to a future generation that has that same unpleasant quality of heart. And he’ll he’ll time to gather because here’s something that is perpetually true in some people’s hearts. And here’s an example in Matthew 23, 29, our Lord said woe to you, scribes and Pharisees hypocrites because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous and say, if we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them and the blood of the profits.

Therefore, your witnesses against yourselves, that you are sons of those who’ve murdered, the prophets. Fill up then go ahead and fill up the measure of your father’s guilt, serpents brood of Vipers. How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you profits wise, man scribes, and some of them you will kill and crucify.

Some of them, you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city. Then on, you may come all the righteous. Listen to this, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of saccharine, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

Well, that happened a long time ago, but he says that they’re the ones. And what it means is that they have the same heart. That existed in those people in the old Testament, it still exists today. And so here you have verse six of James five, you’ve condemned, you’ve murdered. The just, he does not resist you.

It’s the same evil heart. Well, when we’ve had a great study tonight and, uh, this, we think about what we’ve learned tonight is a, it’s a warning and it’s a comfort. The warning is to make sure that, uh, we use the things that God has given us, uh, in a way that would be pleasing to him to make sure that we share and that we give.

And that we see that as an evidence of his love for us and not to trust in uncertain riches. As Paul says in first Timothy chapter six, but he’s given us all things to enjoy, he says, and so that ought to be true. Uh, as we think about our own lives and make sure that the, when we do earn money, that we were doing again, an adjust way.

And then when injustice does happen to us, which it will, I mean, as Christians, it will, it happened to the Lord Jesus. And he said that the service no better than master, I’ve been persecuted. You will too, but know that the God will set the record straight. And we’ve been talking about some heavy things tonight.

These two matters in these six verses are heavy. And they’re always going to be heavy on the hearts of Christians, but now we’ve gone six verses next week when we, if the Lord whales and we take this up, we’ll be in verse seven and it reads this way. So just let’s just leave, leave us with this. So we’ve done the six verses about things that are in just a injustice toward Christians and the things, the heavy weight of the material things and how we deal with them.

Seven says, therefore Christians therefore be patient rather than until the coming of a, Morde see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. And that’s what we must do. He says you have heard of the patience of job and seeing the end intended by the Lord that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful in Greg verses that we, uh, are able to, uh, Talk about and applying next week.

So we thank you so much for being here tonight and we hope that everyone can be here. It’s possible on Sunday morning for worship at nine o’clock. So let’s close with a prayer tonight. Holy father, we’re so very thankful for these words that we’ve read tonight given to us by your Holy spirit. And we’re so very thankful that, uh, we’ve been able to examine them and examine our own hearts with them.

And they’ve been very. Potent and powerful words. And the, we pray that, uh, we will, uh, look within and that makes sure that, uh, you’re pleased with us as it relates to the ways and things that you have blessed us with in a physical way will help us all ways to make sure that we’re honest with our dealings and the word that when we’re hurting inside and things, haven’t been very fair that, uh, we’ve been hurt by words or maybe its actions or our loved ones.

Uh, that we can bring that hurt to you. We’re thankful that you’re a heavenly father that never sleeps or slumbers or go on vacation that you’re always there listening and waiting to hear from your children. We thankful for your judgment and your mercy and your son’s name. We pray. Amen.

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