father. We thank you for this evening. Thank you for these precious ones who have left busy days and perhaps even the comforts of their home to join us this evening. And for those who are not able to be with us, who are. Live streaming. I'm very thankful that they are with us as well. I'm thankful for, as I often say, the technology that you provide for us to be together, even though it might not be in person, uh, that in our various homes or locations, we can look on our smart devices. I know that some are out of town, even out of state. And yet I know that they are able to log on and listen and watch. So oftentimes respond, uh, sending me a text or a message just shortly after we finished the service to let me know they were with us. And I'm very thankful for all that you provide us. I prayed that night. You would give us a profitable time in your word that you would prepare our hearts. You would, uh, help our, our minds. And your spirit would take his word, your word, and apply it to our hearts for your glory and for our continued spiritual growth in your truth. I ask all these things in jesus' name. Amen. Take your Bibles and turn to James. I know you're wondering, when are we going to be through. Well, every time I think that I can get through the remainder of it relatively quickly, I get to study in a little bit that I got left and I just dig a little bit deeper, but I promise you that before the end of the year, we'll be, yeah, we'll be out of James. But look with me. I mean, we're, we're, we're at the end of it. I mean, we're, we're pretty close to it. But look at James chapter five, verses 13, and we're going to read all the way to the actually verse 18. We'll stop. We won't read the final closing. James chapter five verses 13 through waiting. Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing. Praise. Is anyone among you sick. Let him call for the elders of the church. Let them pray over him. Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another. And pray for one another, one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power. As it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain. And for three years and six months, it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again and heaven gave rain and the earth bore its fruit. We'll just have to see how far are getting. If I say we're just going to stop there. We'll stop there and we'll come back. As you recall, from last week's study in James five, 13 and 14, that was our focus last week on those two verses we looked at, and you should have your notes in front of you. If you were with us. Look at three questions that are asked in these verses verses 13. 14 are in these verses. And then we also see three actions that are prescribed. Now the questions, two questions are in verse 13 with their prescribed response. And then the third question is in verse 14, with this prescribed response. So here they are very quickly. The questions are number one. Is anyone among you suffering verse 13? Is anyone among you? Cheerful verse 13. Is anyone among you? Sick verse 14, eight prescribed actions for those who are suffering prayer, let him pray for the one who is cheerful, even though that's not necessarily a prescribed remedy being cheerful, it doesn't need a remedy, but there is action that's prescribed. This is let him sing praise. And we talked about that. And then thirdly, let him call for the one who is sick. Let him call for the elders of the church. Let them pray over him. Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord in our lesson last week, I tried to explain the meaning of these three questions, as well as the prescribed actions regarding them. I especially focused on the meanings of the words suffering that you see in verse 13. The first part was we took that Greek word and looked at it in verse 13 and sick that we see in verse 14, first part of verse 14. And I gave you the various interpretations of what James meant when he used the word suffering. And when he used the word sick. You'll recall our primary attention was given to what James means when he says is any one or any, is anyone among you sick? Um, I gave the various interpretations of what James meant when he says that. And while some commentators view sick in a spiritual sense, that being wary, depressed. Despondent others view it quite simply as meaning a physical illness or element required requiring a call issued for the elders to come and pray over. And that we said that at that pray over can be interpreted to mean in the literal presence of the responsibility, the obligation of calling for prayer wrestle, the one who is sick. Now that person is incapacitated in such a way that they cannot personally call for the elders to come. Then certainly there are some proxy. I mean, you can get someone else to do it for you and call them to come. But the real, the reality is that Texas calling for the elders to actually go to where that person is and to be in there. Literal presence and the presence of the in from person. And then it brought up as we talked a little bit last week, and I'm going to go back here for just a moment. It even goes as far as say, anointing them with oil. Now the anointing with oil provides us, as I said, last week, a bit of an interpretation challenge, and there has been. And continues to be a bit of disagreement on this practice today. And I mentioned to you and likely some of you have been in churches in your Christian history where perhaps there was a church where they would have people. They will have a little vial of oil somewhere on the pulpit. I mean, I was raised in a church. Of course it was a, a Pentecostal church. And so that was a big part of everything. And almost anything they did was anointing with oil. And so I'll always remember that seeing the vials of oil by the pulpit, I was a little boy and I'd see that. Or I'd see people come up who had ailments or whatever situations they might be going through in the pastor, but growing, knowing each of them with oil as he prayed for them. But there, there is a bit of a disagreement. On that practice today. And I had this conversation with somebody not too long ago. Context means everything. Okay. And not only that, but things that we would often or things that we might see often in the new Testament I'm now we would use the term. I'll remove that word often. There are things that we might see practice in the new Testament that may have been normal for that time. May not ever have been intended to be normative for the church permanently there usually. And then you can always oftentimes look at the various contexts and situations that going on and glean that. And then you do a little research and you read the history of what's going on and it gives you a little bit further understanding the disagreement centers when it comes to anointed with oil, the disagreement centers, primarily on whether James. Was addressing a practice of his particular time or establishing an action deemed to be normative for praying for the seriously ill. Even today. Now I tried to make it clear and I always wonder after I walk out of the pulpit, did I do that? But I've tried to make it clear that the primary prescription in James is. Imperative really has not as much to do with the oil as it has to do with prayer. What really matters there is prayer. In fact, that is verse 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. The primary emphasis of those verses is prayer. You see that? And so whatever the meaning of significance of oil, again, the action. The action is prayer. Do, do we not pray for the sick? Whenever it is essential. If someone were to say, I need the elders to pray for me, would we not do that? Who, what, what would the first thing out of our mouth is big? Where's the oil? No, I mean, the point is, if someone says I'm sick, I need, I need you to pray for me. I need elders to come pray for me. The odors are going to go. And pray. Always. I chose not to pray if there's no oil, I'm sorry. We can't do that because we don't have our oil with us. Those are the kinds of questions that sounds silly. Well, they're important. Do we not pray for the sickness? Essential? Do we not pray because there's no. Well, of course we pray at any time and the presence of oil for annointing is not even an issue. Personally, I have no adamant objection. I made this clear last week to annointing with oil. If I'm called along with the elders to someone's home. Um, and they're sick and I master praying, they said, pastor, there's a vial of oil over there. Do you mind anointing us? Annoying me as you pray for me, I'm not going to sit down and say, by the way, this is a great time for a theological lesson. Um, no. I'm going to say if that's what it all has to do with what we've been talking about and Ephesians five 21 that we submit to one another out of what out of reverence for Christ. And this might be a believer that that might find that offensive. If we simply refuse on grounds that we don't see it necessarily. The same way they do. May I ask a question if we really believe that prayer is essential part of what we're doing, the fact that we might get known, annoying them with oil, because it is there. Does that somehow discredit our prayers? No, not at all. So you get my emphasis here. I'm not going to argue with a person at that time over that. If I'm asked to do it. Out of respect, I will. And out of deference, I would likely do it. The question then rises, okay. Anointed with oil, and I'll think of it this way. Anointing with oil. What kind of oil? I know this sounds ludicrous and it is, I've actually heard in my years when there was no oil available that people went and got a can of motor oil. That's how ridiculous an over interpretation of something like we got to have some oil, all I've got some motor oil. Get it. No, you're not putting motor oil on, on me, but what kind of oil the oil used on this is important historically and contextually the oil. The question then what kind of oil? The oil used for anointing? During the time that James is writing anointing, the bodies as sick was likely a blend of oils and various other thought to be medicinal things at the time. And so. What they would do is when, and when a person would come either injured or are grossly ill, they would literally take this oil, whatever it was that they had had, uh, had been prescribed and they would rub the person in the oil, they would literally rub their bodies down with it, from head to toe. What that would do is we might think of it as kind of a, a kind of massage therapy. Or therapy offered to somebody who is suffering physical infirmity or something like that. So certainly that's not what James is telling us that we're to do to somebody who is sick, right? Oh, by the way, we're here to rub you down with oil. No, that's not. We're not going to do that. James provides us no details on the particular oil that he's using, or that were used again to me, which the silence. Speaks volumes in that he's not prescribing the oil as being what's essential again, would emphasize the importance. I would again, emphasize the importance of prayer. Two things are clear, and these are the two things that are clear from the text. Number one, the elders are summoned. I mentioned this last week that elders are to go as a party. We're not as it's not let him call for the senior pastor, let him call for a deacon. No, it is let and call for the elders plural of the church. So while it may not always be possible for every single serving elder to be in a situation like that, as many as can possibly be. When someone need to be there to pray. It's easily. It's easy if it happens. And this would not be a seriously infirmed person necessarily, but it might be as we're going to talk about a person who has access, but actually suffering or experiencing a spiritual infirmity. But if a person and we've had this happen, actually here and other places where someone will come up after the services, pastor where you rent, do you mind having the elders come and pray for me? And, and the answer to that is absolutely. And so what we do is we'll get the elders, Jason, Jim, Chris, myself, and any other men that would like to join us in that prayer specifically, we will, we'll pray for that. People. I don't want to discourage that. I'd like to see more of that. I'd like to, for people to ask us to pray. I know we don't have, um, the PR what you might call the traditional, um, altar call, where people come and have that. But that is mean, I mean, Eunice oftentimes little Sunday mornings that I stand up front for a while and intentionally on Sunday morning because I, and maybe I need to make this clear to people that one of the reasons I'm doing that, and I have at times done it, that if you have something you want to ask me or. To communicate with me. You're welcome to come and speak to me after the service. And if that's prayer, my goodness says do it. If someone's not, well, if someone's struggling, as we're gonna talk about another variety of suffering here in sickness, if someone's struggling that this that's the place to do it, that's the time to get it done. So again, the elders are summoned and secondly, is that the elders are to pray. They are to pray when James, when James goes on to say in the name of the Lord, what he's doing is actually communicating that it is God, who is the healer. The emphasis on of the prayer is in the, is, is doing it in the name of the Lord. But that, that, that the purpose is directing the attention of the one that we're praying for. To the one who actually is himself, the healer and that's God. Well, the name of the odors, we pray for you. No, we don't pray for you in the name of the elders. We pray for you in the name of the Lord. All prayers and actions are to be offered in his name, but go back to something else. It just hit me that I said last week that I want to reiterate don't and I know, I know you don't do this, but perhaps some people actually do. W w be careful perceiving even oil or even fraying in jesus' name as being some type of magical formula as somehow there's some kind of healing virtue in the oil, and there is something magical and mystical about using the name of Jesus Christ. Well, it is something spiritual. About using the name of Jesus Christ, but it's nothing magical. It's, it's nothing, it's not like some part of a, a conjuring of a formula that we have to follow when we're praying as believers. Think about it. When, when is there a time when we pray, whether it is simply blessing our food. Whether it's praying our prayers before we close our eyes at night to go to sleep or whether it is when we open our eyes in the morning and we voice our prayers. How often do we not close our prayers, referring to the name of Jesus Christ? We do all that we do in his name. Out of reverence for his name. It's not that when we do that, we're thinking somehow that we're adding some magical powers to what we are praying. We are acknowledging that what we have just prayed for is only possible house through him by to have him doing the work. And we're acknowledging that we're saying that so verses 13 through 14 that we dealt with and detailed last week, but now we come. Diverse 15, because this is another interesting part of this text we read in verse 15, again, reading from you for you from the English standard version. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Now. That's uh, uh, quickly that took me what, four seconds to read that verse, maybe, but that versus chocked full of, of, of things that are important that we interpret properly. There are several parts of this first, that warrant close attention. So let's do a little bit of breaking this down. Alright, first, here's what we're gonna look at. First. We read the prayer of faith. The King James version reads the same as the English standard version in this case. Now at first one might think this is some specific kind or type of prayer. I've heard that taught that the prayer of faith is a particular. Type or prayer that's to be used at a particular time. Say for example, uh, if one's praying for an infirmed person or a sick person, if you have a new American standard Bible, which would be, if I were to have my, my druthers own two Bibles to preach, that would be the one habit. But the new American standard Bible translates it in, in a more understandable way. It reads the prayer offered in faith. Now that's really, that's really how it needs to be understood rather than a specific type or kind of prayer. This read this rather is a description of how one is to pray. We are to pray in faith. Now, let me give you a little bit of support for this. Even from our study in James in verse five of chapter one, if you were to go back and you can turn back, I won't do it for the sake of our time, but you can, as I go along and follow with me, In verse five of chapter one, James writes, he, he says, if anyone of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God. Now again, when you think about asking God, anything, what are you implying? Prayer. So the implication here is definitely prayer back this phrase, let him ask translates. The impaired to verb is actually a command. When he says, let him pray or let him ask, it's actually a command. This is what you are to do. And this is how one approaches God and ask anything is in prayer. Now we know what I talked about this a little bit last week, that the beauty, in fact, I woke the other morning thinking about this whole concept of prayer. And one thing that was fresh on my mind that particular morning when I woke up that prayer is actually us being. Welcomed. I think the term that came to my mind that morning when I woke up was actually being invited into God's chamber, into God's presence, to communicate with him. Think about how phenomenal that is. And yet it's not merely that we must wait for an invitation. The invitation is a standing invitation. If someone is, is someone who's a close friend of yours and, and, uh, they call you and say, is it okay if I come, how they're being polite? And you appreciate that. But oftentimes our risk, our response may be you realize you're welcome. Anytime you have a standing imitation to come to my house. Thank you for your politeness and asking. But when, when, when reality is, um, we have a standing invitation to come to God in prayer, the way has been made, the door's never closed. The throne is always assessable. The reason that we can pray without ceasing is because there is absolutely no. Necessity of any human mediation other than the man Christ Jesus, who has risen from the dead ascended to heaven and by virtue of his very body passing through the heavens has made the way that we can come to God anytime, anytime. So we can come and we can pray all father, excuse me. Can I, can I come? No. We just want we're at, at any given moment when we are impressed to pray, we don't go make some special preparations, send an email, wondering if it's a convenient time for us to come. What do we do? We pray right then and right there. And the beauty of that is, is that our prayer immediately. Even as the words, if they are words that leave our tongues, leave our tongues, they have already met the ears of God, nothing hindering her stopping now. So that's how we approach God. Isn't it is by asking in prayer. Well then in verse six of chapter one, Well, went back to James one. Then in verse six, there is the imperative there to ask in faith now with the clarification with no doubting. So there you have what I call to be kind of a synonymous statement with what we read in verse 15 in chapter five, that if we were to ask in faith, then it is also. I think reasonable to think when James says and the prayer of faith, in other words, to say a prayer prayed in faith, it is asking in faith, it is praying in faith and he, again, he makes that clarification with no doubting. So when we get a prayer that is prayed in faith cannot. Can not be a prayer that on one hand you have. So I have faith. And on the other hand, you're doubting when you're coming is praying in faith, MacArthur comments on this and his new Testament, commentaries his quote. In other words, it must be a request back by genuine trust in God's character, purpose and promises. End of quote. Did you get that? It must be prayer backed by something. And what it is backed by is a genuine trust and listen to what MacArthur says again, in God's character, purpose and promises. Do we think of it that way? That when we doubt. That in reality, it is. It is. We are bringing God's character into question. Hmm. Or secondly, even bringing God's purposes into character. And to question, thirdly, bringing God's promises into question, there are certain things God's word makes very clear to us. Promises made to us that we can stand on and must stand on. Believing when we look, when we look right now at the current instability of our world and what we see transpiring in our world. And yet when God, when Christ tells us that all authority has been given to him in heaven and earth. Do you trust that? Is that where your confidence is? Is, would we impugn God's character by Downing? Well, I know you say that, but boy shirt and look that way I had this conversation. I think Eric and I had this conversation in our prayer time Tuesday morning, and I feel like I've had this conversation with, uh, idea. In fact, it was with you, John yesterday at your home. And speaking to John, like he's here, he's watching us online. But we were talk, we were talking about this. So not you, John. John Walker. Okay. I got, I got a John here. Make sure he knows, right. John, I'm talking to you. You were talking to me yesterday, miss. No, I wasn't, but that's okay. But I was talking about, um, you know, in spite, I don't want to get sidetracked here, but in spite of what we see going on around, I promise you, and it sounds silly to even voice these words. But I promise you that God's not seated in heaven, wiping his brow and wringing his hands. Wondering what is he going to do? How long will this COVID thing go on? How long will these elections be unsettled? I mean, my goodness, like I said, somehow he's anxious over those things. Not at all. As surely as he is at this moment and throne in heaven, and there is no coup and nor a potential code next Wednesday morning, he will still be on the throne and in absolute sovereign control. And so when we pray, don't tout that. Don't question that don't bring into question God's character. Why would we a appeal his character by, by doubting, even on something like. That. So it is a prayer backed by genuine trust in God's character. So when we pray, when we close our eyes or whatever, however, we pray, we have to settle in our minds that I am going to rely, and I am going to trust. And the unchangeable immutable character of God, God's, God's providential working his purpose in everything that is taking place. And God's promise that his people through him will always endure and prevail. How confident building confidence building is that in our lives, the Greek word translated faith as the word pistis P I S T I S. And it literally means in its most basic form, even though it can be interpreted faith, fullness and the scripture in its most basic form pistis means belief, frosting, confidence. You, you pick up any Greek lexicon, you pick them in Greek dictionary, you pick up any commentary and that's what they're going to tell us. I'm going to be the first thing that they, how they define that Greek word of prayer is to be accompanied by faith, to pray for anything without faith. That is a trust belief or confidence that God is somehow not worthy of such is not only a worthless prayer people. But is really an affront to God. Faith is essential, not only in prayer, but is essential in pleasing God with our very lives. Not only are our prayers to be prayed in faith. Our lives are to be lived in faith. Hebrews 11, six power, full words, something we need to come in. I know most of you likely have these words committed to memory, but Hebrews 11 six, and without faith, it is impossible to please him. Speaking of God for whoever would draw near here, what is prayer is drawing near to God. Whoever would draw near to God must not should, but what, but must believe. And there are certain things that were told by the Hebrews author. Now we must believe, and here they are two things in particular that God is that means that God exists. That our prayers are not just words beating the air, that we're just in an exercise of futility voicing things that are going nowhere, but that when we bow our knees or bell, our heads, and we pray our prayers, we are saying, I believe God is God exist. And secondly, That he rewards those that diligently seek him. He rewards those who diligently seek him. God, I know that you are. And I know that you are the rewarder of those who diligently seek you. Don't underestimate. That word who diligently seek him is not merely, it's not merely casually breathing something. And then assuming that's all this necessary, there are times when prayer must be vigilant and prayer must be diligent. We must be vigilant and diligent in prayer. And I addressed this very briefly in passing last week and I'll do it again this evening. There are, there are those who believe that to pray what to pray. Anything more than one time is a demonstration of a lack of faith. Absolutely not. There are times when you will be required to diligently seek him is not that he's hiding himself. If, if we're being required by God, when we're praying to continue to pour ourselves out to him in prayer is the reason for that. And usually the reason is, is what God is accomplishing in us, us in that process, uh, work that God's doing in our hearts, our ongoing sanctification, our spiritual maturity, our growth, our perseverance. Our Lord himself spoke of the importance of faith. Didn't he in Matthew 17, for example, you'll remember the scenario in Matthew 17 in response to the disciples inquiry. Remember this, this boy was brought to them who was demon possessed, and they had attempted to cast the demons out of him, but they were unsuccessful. And so finally he comes to Jesus and the demon didn't last very long. And so they see immediately what Jesus was able to do. Well, the critic might say, well, of course, that's Jesus. Oh Jesus. Didn't say he didn't look at it and say, Oh, if you were me, no, that's not what he said in verse 20, when they ask him. Why weren't we able to do this? Listen to what he says in verse 20, because of your little faith for truly, I say to, you know, listen carefully because here's a scripture that is abused and misused as well. I say to you, if you have faith, like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you. There it is. Our mountain moving faith. Suddenly what becomes the emphasis is what our faith, this verse has been abused, misused and misunderstood to mean if believers can muster enough faith, the words, their words, carry creative power with enough faith they can speak and things must happen if they just have enough faith. The point is this. God is the source and the object of your faith, not faith itself. They're little faith. Listen, they're little faith represents a lack of confidence and trust in God. The reality is this. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. There's nothing too difficult for him. And we must believe that while at the same time, realizing that what we are asking for must be in accordance to God's will I'll go back for a second. Ephesians chapter three talks about the God, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, do we believe that that is nothing that we can ask God that is too difficult for him. Now, the question is not that we can ask him anything too difficult for him. But then we must ask listen, and this is another bone of contention to a lot of people today, but we must ask what we asked for must be in accordance to God's will that bothers people. I mean, th they, they, they've got to be subject to the will of somebody else, even God, but first, John. Five 15 foot five 14 says this for us first, John five 14. And this is the confidence. Listen, listen, what John writes. And this is the confidence we have toward him. That if we ask anything, according to what his will, he hears us and then verse 15. And if we know he hears us. And whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. It is not a lack of faith when you pray to pray, asking for God's will, if God is willing, Lord, if you are willing the qualifier and the verse is this. If we ask anything according to his, will, it must be God's will. It must be God's will I thought about how to say this? And I hope I say it in a way that it can be understood. Not that you couldn't understand it, but that I'm not communicating it the way I want to church, when we pray for what we, let me back up for a second, when we pray and don't receive exactly what we pray for. The way we asked for it. And at the time we asked for it, listen very carefully. It's not always a matter of not having enough faith. There are those who make such assumptions, even accusations, implying, or imploring you to have more faith. Well, you didn't ask with enough faith. You go until you get more faith and come back. There may be times our faith is weak and that does happen. In fact, I remember the boys, dad and Jesus looked at him and said, do you believe I'm able to do this? And what did the boys dad say? Yes, Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief. Was he contradicting himself? Did Jesus say, well, no, no, listen, you can't have it both ways. Come back later when you, when you can answer that second part of the question. No, the acknowledgement that he recognizes that our faith can be weak and that we've asked for God to strengthen our faith. Lord, I believe that you can do this. Help me believe more. He was stronger. Help me. There may be times our faith is weak and challenge, but the place to place the wholesale blame for not seeing prayer answered exactly as we prayed it on not enough. Faith. Let me tell you something is simply not true. It is no lack of faith to include in our prayers. Lord. According to your will when I pray that I'm not doubting, God can do it. Aye. Not even necessarily doubting that he will do it, but what I am submitting my prayer to is his words. This is in fact, I love, I just watched, and I'm just thinking of this. As I, as I going through this. I watched my dear friend, Lance Quinn, my dear brother, Lance. And as he walked, walked through the terrible disease and cancer that ravaged Beth's body for what seemed to be an ongoing period of time. And every time they would get a glimmer of, of hope that things were holding out. I, I loved his and Beth's disposition. The last time I was with them in person, we worked together in California and just the confidence in God's will. If the Lord is willing at the Lord is willing. If the Lord is willing and when God was willing to give her time, they were very gracious for time that God was giving them. This is our acknowledgement that God is our source and our object of faith, not our faith. So in James five 15, the prayer of faith. Is a prayer that is prayed in faith. It also is worth mentioning that the prayers being done by the elders who themselves should be men of faith. I don't want people going with me to pray for somebody who don't believe that God is and rewards those who diligently seek him maybe asking one of his brothers. Do you believe God is capable of doing this? Certainly I believe this. If it's God's will well, let's go pray. Let's go pray. And then when we see God, do. That according to his will, how quickly we are just to give him the glory for what he accomplishes. James then goes on to say in verse 15, the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up. Now, this part, I wish my time is flying, but this part of verse 15 poses yet another interpretation. Challenge related to what we've already seen in verse 14. Now here again, the wording is important. Two words here are important for us to note. Number one is the word save the prayer of faith will save. Note that word as the Greek verb Soto, S O Z O Soto. And if you look up, it means to say, to say, this word is most commonly used in the new Testament in regards to being saved from sins, spiritual, spiritual application. However, there are instances when the verb means to heal a person from an illness. We see that word so-and-so used in the gospels and occasionally enacts very limited in acts, um, in regards to physical healing, but that's not the primary use of soda. It has everything to do with salvation or being spiritually delivered or safe. So the question rises. Does James mean physical healing or spiritually saving some would it mean to say yes. And then point to what follows the one who is sick, then we get to the second word we've got to look at. The second word is sick, sick again, the Greek, the Greek word used here. Is is a Greek word that is not like the Greek word that was used previously asked the NY was the Greek word used pre previously. There's a whole nother Greek word used here. This translated sick. And in the Greek Hebrew word study Bible, this particular Greek word used here in this first is said to me, listen to this, to toil, to toil. I E by implication to tire physically bigger till the faint or sicken to become sick or weary. We see that happen. I mean, I've got two medical professionals in here. Sometimes people become so, so emotionally weary. And that, that it affects their physical health they're sickened by what they, what they're going through physically experiencing emotionally. Most of you argue for James is meaning spiritual weariness. And we address this issue last week a little bit, see the use of the word as further evidence of their position. They're saying, and I don't. I say, remember I told you last week, I can see this two waves. And I think the context is important is they, they use this for evidence of their position. That what Paul is, what James is addressing here in using the word save and sick in this context is the person who is spiritually exhausted and weary. We have a whole new. A whole new illness out there now called COVID fatigue. I'm hearing that all over the TV set MacArthur. Once again, comments, quote, James speaks here of a spiritual weakness. End of quote. He continues the idea here. Listen carefully. Is that the elders prayers. We'll deliver weak defeated believers from, from their spiritual weakness. End of quote. I went, I was on the subject last week. I, I have, again, no problem. If a physically ill person calls for the elder, because they are sick, physically sick with some, a physiological thing going on in their body to call for the odors and to receive prayer. But I think this could, could be as equally applicable to a person who is spirit, who is suffering spiritual wearings and despondency and despair, and even spiritual depression say, you know what? I knew the odors that come pray for me for this sickness. I think there's merit in that argument. However, some. Commentators do not make the distinction based on the particular Greek words, your words, words mean something. And the, the change of words, oftentimes. Now some words in the Greek, Koine Greek are our sin. And often times you'll, you'll do word studies and you'll find as you go through the word studies that th th the, the scholars will let you know that this particular word is synonymous with. It doesn't necessarily carry any particular different significance or meaning, but sometimes it does, which is oftentimes determined by the context in which it's used. But some don't make the distinction on particular Greek words use, as I've repeatedly said, there's no doubt or any question. These dispersed beleaguered saints that Sue James is writing to. These are people who are suffering greatly persecution, physically, economically. Socially every way you can imagine it's just wearing on them. It, this wearing so hard on them. Now the danger is that some of them, or even turning back to what they were before coming to Christ, you tell them here's what you can do about it. When you're at this point, when you are that sick, there's only one thing that's going to save you. Is prayer. Well, I still will obviously pray for physically sick people. I admit James context here transcends that limitation folks, if a person calls and says, pastor, I'm just weary and I need hell. I'm going to grab the elders and we're going to go and we're gonna pray because I believe as James says, the prayer prayed in faith will save the sick. Where are we saying this even today or in need of prayer? Amen. Aaron needed prayer that God will deliver them from their spiritual way. Yes. The end of verse 13, I'm sorry. Verse 15 reads this way. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Some pervert the meaning of his text to argue that physical sickness is a result of personal sin. I know that most of us have heard that, well, you know why they're sick? Their God says you must have sent it. You're like, I mean, I just, that just, that just causes. If I have any hair on the back of my neck, stand up, it just gets in my crawl. Well, you know, they must be, there must be some sin for them to be that sick. Oh, don't even go there with me. There's no question. In fact, some of them be as bold to say that all physical, we know there are word of faith, pictures out there to teach us that all, all sickness is a result of some sin is somebody's life. There's no question one sinful conduct can indeed result in illness. We know that. But the Bible does not teach that all sickness is a result of sin. It doesn't teach that if we accept, if except that the correct interpretation of this passage is spiritual, weariness it suffices to say that that in that weakened condition, the propensity to sin is heightened. Is that not true? When you're weary and worn and tired, be careful. Don't think, well, I can handle this, get help. It is even possible that there were illness itself as a result of their sin. That happens to people that just continue to live in their sin. Become weary. If you're a genuine Christian, you can't, you just, you're not going to be able to stay there and not be absolutely miserable to the point of breaking and repenting and turning from that sin. If you can become comfortable in it, then there's some real issues. James makes it clear that their sins, that these sins committed can be forgiven. Hallelujah. What does James? What is James is prescribed remedy and almost done. What is James is prescribed remedy for this sin? Verse 16 tells us this is where we're stopped. Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another. That you may be healed. Wow. James transitions here from the sick weary individual to what the whole to one another, the matter of believers confessing their sins to one another is a delicate subject. Boy, we have seen over the years that be abused, but listen, listen carefully. It is a practice clearly advocated by the new Testament. I'm not persuaded. And I say this as candidly as a can I, I'm not persuaded that this practice was, was during public worship. In other words, I'm not so sure that in local congregations that this letter was being read to that he meant you took all your public services and everybody stood up, started confessing their sins to everybody. You imagine where that would go. However, Believers are encouraged. Listen, listen, believers. We are encouraged to have relationships with other believers that afford them the opportunity to confess their sins, share their struggles in order to receive prayer and support. We got to have it. This is why I can speak to this pastorally. And I hope you'll for me just a couple extra minutes. I can speak to this pastoral. You can imagine, you shouldn't have to imagine very hard. How, how difficult, long, how difficult this is for pastors. I mean, most of us have to find that outside of the fellowship of our churches, Because of the ramifications of might I carefully say people that are not deserving of such confidence, isolation, isolation is dangerous. Let me tell you, and this is, this is a phrase that came to me. As I wrote this this week. It is a nursery for sin to flourish. We're not meant to be islands. And yet there are some that are, for some unknown reason are comfortable where there is no accountability nor healthy Christian relationship. Ki sand can hide and in, so doing further corrupt, the person's heart, we need the loving fellowship of other true believers. Amen. There no such there's so much. I'd like to say, but my time is up. I will say this up. A proper assessment. This is worth keeping in mind a proper assessment. Listen, please. A proper assessment of such relationships is essential. You just don't spout all your stuff to anybody and everybody. Sadly, not everyone. Is fit or deserving to be brought into the confidence of another. My counselor would be this very simply, and I will say this that every time I've failed to listen to my own counsel, I found it to be very costly. Never allow your level of intimacy to exceed the level of commitment. Never allow your level of intimacy to exceed the level of commitment that works. Both ways, people that works this way, it works the way that if a person comes to you and begins to confide in you, things as such to you, things that make you uncomfortable, because you simply don't have that relationship with them. Then the reputable thing to do is to stop it and say, I will pray for you. I really don't need those details, but we will pray and encourage them perhaps to find someone that have a good, solid Christian friend, they have that they can share those things with. And it also simply works the way for us as well, simply going to anybody. I just don't people that go to anybody and everybody and just boom. I've had people walk away from conversation and say, wow, they just lay it all out there. I don't even know what not to do with this stuff. You simply don't confide in confess to anyone and everyone wisdom, discernment discretion important, and I'll leave it there. Confession and prayer have a very beneficial benefit. And here it is in closing that you may be healed. Hallelujah. The word, the oldest not necessarily mean physical healing. The author of Hebrews used it metaphorically for spiritual restoration and Hebrews 12, 12, and 13 reads. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees and make straight paths for your feet. So that. What is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. That is a spiritual application. James makes it clear. Confession of sin and prayer are essential to spiritual restoration. We'll stop there because that is a lot. And it's eight Oh two already. My goodness, let us pray. Although I know we have, we've covered a lot of ground and what seems perhaps not realistically, but seems to be a short period of time. I prayed that we would be able to take what we have heard and what we have read. And what we have been taught and that we would ponder these things and that we would give these things again to the continued study of your word, measuring their truthfulness and application to our lives. Thank you for our time together this evening, Lord, I pray for the safety of our people as they leave our church tonight and make their way home. We look forward with much anticipation to our men and ladies Bible study tomorrow evening, as well as our time together, this coming Lord's day. We honor you Lord. We bless and thank you for all things in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We pray. Amen. The Lord bless you.