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James 4:1-12 ~ Are You Being Loyal To God or Adulterous?

This week’s passage cut me to the quick.

I feel like I have grown close to James while writing out this book and studying his words.

Do you know how James died???

Not long after writing the book of James he was martyred in Jerusalem in 62AD. He was taken by a high priest to a high point on the temple and they demanded that he renounce Christ. When he refused he was pushed over the edge of the temple and then stoned.

Hegesippus tells us that at this point “they went up and threw down the just man [from the temple height], and said to each other, ‘Let us stone James the Just.’And they began to stone him, for he was not killed by the fall, but he knelt down and said, ‘I entreat thee, Lord God our Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’ [thus following his brother's example to the last]. One of them, who was a fuller, took the club with which he beat out clothes and struck the just man on the head. And thus he suffered martyrdom” (quoted in Biblical Archaeology Review, November-December 2002, p. 32).

James lived and died a loyal life to the glory of God.  And I am challenged…how am I living?

This week’s video includes the story of one of my classmates from the Moody Bible Institute who died a martyrs death.  Both her living and dying inspires me and I think she’ll inspire you too.

Walk with the King!
, Women Living Well

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  1. Amen, sister.

  2. Thank you so much for this, Courtney! This is the very thing that God is convicting me of lately. Thanks for keeping it real and being so passionate about following God. It speaks volumes to me and gives me a lot to think about. I honestly hadn’t thought of it that way when I read that verse. I liked how you described being able to ride the fence in America. That is where I find myself way too often.

    Thanks!
    Sarah M.

  3. What a terrific message regarding those verses, Courtney. I have family members who either mock or challenge my faith regularly. I love them with all my heart and it hurts me to see them lost to the world. All the more reason for me to be completely sold out for Christ. I can’t possibly shine fully for Him if I too have one foot stubbornly in the world. I pray I will continue to grow in this way, to surrender ALL to Him.
    Blessings,
    Toni

  4. Courtney that was beautiful! I was convicted by this week’s verses as well. There are areas in my life that God has told me to walk away from or get rid of and I just don’t listen. I have begun to pray to God to show me all the areas that I am cheating in and to help give me the courage to walk away. I have been so blessed by your words each Friday. Thanks for encouraging me to walk with the king!

    God Bless

  5. Courtney that was beautiful! I was convicted by this week’s verses as well. There are areas in my life that God has told me to walk away from or get rid of and I just don’t listen. I have begun to pray to God to show me all the areas that I am cheating in and to help give me the courage to walk away. I have been so blessed by your words each Friday. Thanks for encouraging me to walk with the king!

    God Bless

  6. courtney…just awesome. i love that you almost broke into the ugly cry…it made me feel not so alone:) I so admire your gift of speaking…and just how awesome that God is allowing you to use it through this platform so you can continue to be where you know you need to be. but someday lady i will come to a stadium to see you:))

  7. Courtney I dare to say that if someone is not moved or convicted by that message/verse/video then there is a good chance they dont truly love God and arent saved! That may be awfully bold but it is a strong statement…”you ADULTEROUS people… Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an ENEMY of God”….I want God to say well done good and FAITHFUL servant in the end all the way up to my last breath and I am surely not being faithful every single day..I love Him and I most definately do not want to be God’s enemy!! Thanks for the encouragement to live a sacrificial life..He is so worth it!

  8. Caroline Cordle says:

    thank you for sharing your heart, Courtney. I have been convicted about many things – I have already given up unprofitable books, and am now culling the shows I watch. I chatted to my DH about my convictions – he still felt some shows were okay, but I am personally avoiding some I liked that he didn’t care to watch anyway. I am investing instead on Christian fiction (Beverley Lewis audiobook for my ipod! :-) ), and spending more time reading profitable things (read “Sally Clarkson” !!!! ) Thanks you for all you do, to honour the Lord and encourage us. x

  9. Wow, what a powerful message in that video today Courtney! Thank you so much for that. It really puts my life here in perspective. Thank you so much for starting GMG. It has been a huge blessing in my life!

  10. Courtney, what a wonderfully inspiring video as always! You are always so open and honest about your own struggles to walk in the light. It is always such difficult to be faithful when the world is all around us poking and needling. Your friend was certainly one in a million. The word “martyr” is often used derogatorily in the modern world. I remember once my husband and I had an argument and he used that word on me.. I grew to think it was an ugly word.. he certainly used it that way. He couldn’t understand my walk with God and what it meant, I understood later that he felt my “goodness” made him “bad”. I cried many tears over that label, until a few years ago, when I embraced it and thought it the most beautiful word. If someone else could see me as a martyr then it meant that I was doing something right.. not for the world, but for God! (We are both walking in the light together now, on the same path finally!) God is great! God bless you and empower you to continue to do what you do.. you are such an inspiration!
    Love & Blessings!

  11. This was so good Courtney! Thank you for sharing your heart and your passion for God’s Word. Yes, we all too often blend in with the world.

    Hmmmm, what am I cheating on God with? Very thought provoking.

    Love,
    Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

    last blog post:

    YOUR BLOG WILL NEVER MEASURE UP! http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2011/03/your-blog-will-never-measure-up.html

  12. OK, I’m asking for this a little early, but is it possible for me to get the SOAP printouts for James for 233k 10. I am leaving to go out of town next Thursday and won’t be able to print them the following Monday (the 21st) and I would like to have them while I’m gone.

  13. I know I’m asking for this a litle early, but is it possible for me to get the SOAP printouts for James week 10 early? I am leaving to go out of town next Thursday, the 17th, and won’t have access to a printer to print them on the 21st.
    Thanks!
    Angela

  14. Wow! I read that verse “adulterous people” but I what you said hit home. “Cheating on God”. 0_0 Thank you for sharing with us, Courtney. You’re the bomb.

  15. Courtney,

    Wow. Thank you for humbling yourself and sharing your heart with us! You and Angela (your sidekick ;) Are great examples to us all. God bless you both! I’m looking forward to other videos and lessons. =}

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  16. Courtney, thank you so much for this reminder. I need this reminder daily. Somedays I let the worldly flesh get the best of me and act in a behavior I am not proud of and am not representing the Godly person I want people to see. I want to be a light to people and there are days I feel I have failed miserably. People remember how you act when in a worldly situation but seem to forget how dedicated you are to living a Godly life and trying to walk with the King daily. I am striving for my walk with the King to outrun the worldly things that I do but not long to do. Sorry for rambling. Thank you for blessing me with this post.

  17. This was so, so touching, Courtney. Thank you so much for sharing it! It is so hard to not walk that fence, and keep a hold on the things of this world. This was very inspiring, thank you!

  18. I always thought sell-out was a bad word. No more.

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