Spiritual Boot Camp Day 23

Well we are at the halfway point this week so let’s remain faithful as we dive back into James 4.

James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

James starts this verse by address the people as “adulterous people”. “The people of God in the OT are considered the wife of the Lord (Jer. 31:32), and in the NT, the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:22-23). It is reasonable, therefore, to understand “adulteress” intended to jar the reader and awaken him to his true spiritual condition.”1 As we read this passage, we too, are to be jarred and made to really look at our own spiritual condition. When you look at your life, is it more in line with the ways of the world or the ways of God? What areas in your life do you struggle to follow the Lord versus the world?

John 15:19

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

God loves us so much He chose us out of the world to be His people. As His people we are to be like Him and reflect Him to the world. In order to do that, we must follow His ways rather than the ways of the world. We must value the things He values rather than the things of the world. Things in God’s economy are so different that the things in the world’s economy. The world values independence where the Lord values dependence upon Him. The world defines success by money and stuff; God defines success by giving to others. The world values a high position at work; God values being a servant. The world values self-confidence and a strong personality; God values humility. The world tells us to fight to be number one; God says the last shall be first.

When you look at those few comparison’s between what the world values and what God values, which value system do you align yourself with the most? I think it is easy to give the pat answer of saying we align ourselves with the things God values, but do we really? Is that what is apparent by the way you live your life? Do you have so much stuff that you are running out of places to put it and may even need an extra storage unit to hold all of it or do you live more modestly so you can give more to those in need? Do you have to do everything yourself in order to have it done correctly or do you seek help from others and the Lord? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead at work and bend a rule or two here and there or are you a living example of Christ in your workplace? Would others use the word humble to describe you? Do you cut people off when you are driving or speed to get where you are going faster?

I have asked a lot of tough questions today, ones I am not sure I will like my own answers to but that is what this boot camp is all about – taking a good look at our spiritual lives and seeing how they align with the lives God wants us to live. Are there areas in your life where you need to make some changes so the things you value are the things God values? Spend some time in prayer with the Lord over all of these questions and be brave enough to sit silently before Him and hear what He has to say. He loves us so much and only wants what is best for us – He wants us to live the lives He created us to live.

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  1. Reblogged this on iChristian and commented:
    Please check out this challenging Boot Camp series on the book of James by Shelly (Deeply Rooted in Him).

  2. Debby Scarborough

    This is a great study with tough questions that must be answered! Thanks for this study!

    • Debby, thanks! They are tough questions and I think I will be wrestling with them for a couple of days. They have really made me think and look at my life and God seems to have quite a bit to say to me about them. Blessed to know you are enjoying the study!

  3. Wilma

    It is different trying to live by God and not the world. Realizing I don’t want to see certain things on television, or music, the same type books, doing things as before, choosing quietness over partying has been eye opening. I didn’t even realize what was happening until one day talking to friends or family, feeling different, out of the loop, and now I’m more settled, more trusting in God. It is tempting to walk, not step, but walk backwards and grab old ways, but they don’t bring me comfort. Instead I get more anxious. Stepping back helps me realize God is working in me and in the world. I still have a lot of work to do. I’m still a worry wart, but I’m a heck of lot better. Thanks be to God, my ever living Father. Thank you for the thought-provoking message.

    • Wilma, what an amazing work God has done and is doing in your life! I can see the difference!! Glad you are enjoying the study.

  4. Nelda

    Shelly, I have looked forward to your posts each day. Thanks for sharing your rich teachings.

    Today’s post has led me to turn to Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Too often in the Christian community, we look at others and their faults instead of allowing the Lord to take a close look at us, exposing any “dark” areas in our own lives then allowing Him to help us overcome those areas of weakness. Thank goodness He is a patient and loving God who helps us to “live in the world” but not be “of the world”…something that I certainly can’t do in my own strength.

    • Nelda, I love that Scripture – Psalm 139 is my favorite Psalm. The Hebrew word for “offensive” is “oseb” and it means pain, labor, affliction, sorrow. When we feel pain, affliction or sorrow or labor without results we can certainly find ourselves being offensive. We need to remember to take the plank out of our own eyes before looking at the faults of others. It is difficult to take a good, hard look at ourselves and much easier to point out the flaws of others. May we all be empowered to live in the world be not be of the world today! Blessings dear friend!!

  5. Amen dear sister, you are asking hard questions but ones that need to be asked. Thank you!

    • Toni, if we aren’t willing to answer the tough questions, we won’t change and grow in our faith. Thanks!

  6. Oh, Shelly. Your questions hit hard, in a place of spiritual introspection that is much needed in my life. Thanks for your faithfulness to teach the truth. Blessings, sister in Christ.

    • Sue, those questions hit me hard too! It is so important for us to take time to look at how we are applying His Word to our lives. Thank you for your faithfulness to stick with this boot camp. Be blessed!

  7. Anointed comes to mind. Thank you for your post. Yes totally we are adulteress. don’t see how anyone can see it any different. i guess it makes us feel better if we see that verse as ” the none believers”. you are so right. we are the married ones. Thank you for God used you to remind me as long as i follow Him i will be hated by this world, get use to it (my name) why do i think differently???Blessings of More and More Revelation from God on His Word

    • My God’s Grace, it is easy to read Scripture and think it doesn’t apply to us but if we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us we might just learn how His Word does apply to us. We were not created to p,ease the world but our Heavenly Father. Blessings!

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