Study with Sara-Are you a Star-Walker or Star-Gazer?

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (James 4:17)

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This scripture is very interesting to me. First, I am thinking, I would not sin if I did not know the right thing to do? Am I right or wrong on this thinking? But, if I knew to do the right thing or a good thing and did not do it then I have sinned? Right? Wrong?
Does ignorance exempt me from sinning?
Does staying home and minding my own business rather than showing involvement in community, church and nations give me a free ticket from sin?
When my children were very young I started ending my greetings to them, be good, do good and be happy. When I would drop then off for school, I would say be good, do good and be happy. When they were in college I continued to say be good, do good and be happy. I still do. I email them, call them and bless them with these words. I have always felt from my learning that if we were good, did good , we would be happy.

If we were to start a list here of the good things we have been instructed in God’s Word to do, would we then be responsible to do them?
If I forgot right away because I got so busy, would I be found with sin in my heart?

When we are in darkness, we cry for light. At times we are lonely, and we yearn for love, yet we fail to recognize that others are crying out for light and love and we have it to give and may know to give it but fail to.

I am searching for many answers to this fact James gives us… if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.” (James 4:17 Message)

Why would we know to do good and not do it? Would we really withhold Light from another if we had Light to give? If we didn’t have Light to give would that mean we are in darkness crying for light and lonely, crying for love and we are all in darkness together? Where is the LIGHT from ourselves and from others?

Are you a Star-Walker or a Star-Gazer?


11 thoughts on “Study with Sara-Are you a Star-Walker or Star-Gazer?”

  1. “I would not sin if I did not know the right thing to do?”
    “But if I knew to do the right thing or a good thing and did not do it then I have sinned?
    “Does ignorance exempt me from sinning?”

    I’d like to submit the footnotes from my Bible for the scripture above: James 4:17 “We tend to think that doing wrong is sin. But James tells us that sin is also not doing right. (These two kinds of sin are sometimes called sins of commission and sins of omission.) It is a sin to lie; it can also be a sin to know the truth and not tell it. It is a sin to speak evil of someone; it is also a sin to avoid that person when you know he or she needs your friendship. You should be willing to help as the Holy Spirit guides you. If God has directed you to do a kind act, to render a service, or to restore a relationship, do it. You will experience a renewed and refreshed vitality to your Christian faith.”

    “Why would we know to do good and not do it? I can’t find the scripture or the blog right at this moment, but I wrote on a blog recently about “the things I want to do I don’t do and the things I don’t want to do I do. I hope someone will help me find it, to assist with this study.
    I’d like to add the following scriptures for “living in the light”
    Ephesians 5: 10 – 14 “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.'” Footnotes for Ephesians 5: 8, 10 -14 “As people who have light from the Lord, our actions should reflect our faith. We should live above reproach morally so that we will reflect God’s goodness to others. Jesus stressed truth in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 15,16). It is important to avoid the ‘worthless deeds of evil and darkness’ (any pleasure or activity that results in sin), but we must go even further. Paul instructs us to expose these deeds, because our silence may be interpreted as approval. God needs people who will take a stand for what is right. Christians must lovingly speak out for what is true and right.” God, please help us to be “as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves”. (Matthew 10: 16), so that we can all be a Star – Walker!

  2. Gal.5:13″ For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” If we are eating dinner and we are stuffed, do we really need that dessert? We know we don’t need it and it might cause us to gain weight, but we can’t resist the taste so we get it and share it with our spouse. Why did we eat that awesome dessert when we knew we shouldn’t have. It’s our sinful nature. There might be someone who really needs to hear about Jesus and we are too busy at this moment to speak with them or we’re not sure exactly how to start the conversation because we don’t want to turn them away from our Jesus, so we decide not to speak with them. We know we need to but we don’t do it. If we have had a heated discussion with someone, we know we need to humble ourselves and tell them we are sorry but our pride speaks up and says you were right and they were wrong. So the other person never hears those words of I’m sorry out of our mouths. We know this is wrong. That’s why we need to humble ourselves before the Lord daily. Repent from all our sins daily. Don’t let those nasty sins build up on our shoulders to carry from day to day but get rid of them daily. We are born with a sinful nature. There is only one sinless man who ever walked on this earth. Then he died for our sins. This is why he died for OUR SINFUL NATURE. Think of every word that came out of your mouth yesturday and every opportunity that came your way yesturday. Was any sin in your words? Did you use every opportunity the way God wanted you too? Was there sin? Romans 7:18-25 “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good , but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong;it is sin living in me that does it. 21 I have discovered this principle of life-that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” ( Tammy is this the scriptures?) Thank you Jesus for being the answer. Thank you for cleansing us from our sins. Help me to have more control of my sinful ways. I humble myself before you, Lord. Only through you can my sins be lifted off of me. Thank you, Lord.

  3. There’s a lot of STAR light emanating from the writings on this blog.
    Now we all know that Stars (suns) shine by their own light. And If you are a star gazer that is a good beginning. We can look at a STAR and emulate it (him/her). That is reflected light. But to shine by your own light is to be like Jesus as we let that light of the Holy Spirit that is in us be given out. Then we become STAR WALKERS throwing our light before us as we move forward….like Sara’s book…THROWING YOUR LIGHT FORWARD.

  4. Needles, I think the study you are looking for with the Romans scripture is “A Beautiful Leopard.” You have a great comment there.

  5. Such great comments above. Facing sins as either ommission or commission doesn’t really leave any grey areas. Sara asked, “Does ignorance exempt me from sinning?” I don’t think we can use this as an excuse. Many times in scriptures we are instructed to ‘be not ignorant…’. We are also told to ‘study to show thyself approved(II Tim 2:15).”
    And “If we were to start a list here of the good things we have been instructed in God’s Word to do, would we then be responsible to do them?”. I would have to say yes…it looks black and white to me. I looked up the word instruction to see if that offered a justification for not being responsible. I found out it didn’t…it meant: a direction calling for compliance.
    Being a Star- gazer reminds me of James 1:23. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” We can gaze and gaze at the light of God’s word but until we do it, we will not walk with the stars.

  6. When I read and thought on the many scriptures given here and all the encouragement that comes from each one, I am thinking how much more humanitarian work I could do, or at least contribute to in some small way.

    I think I have just changed my attitude toward the BEMA seat as well and how I will be judged on my works. I Corinthians 3:12-14 “The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done.

    If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward.” Gee,I better make sure that all things I know to do I do and not neglect because the Righteous Judge will know that I did not do them even if no one else knows. (Not so good for me so far Chickenfarmer if I have been using my freedom to please myself!!!)

    Needles, I need to study and change a little (lot) more on all those things I have to make visible according to your post.

    I want to be a Star-Walker as well.  I have great need of light.  It must be easy to pray up there.

  7. Needles and Chickenfarmer,these thoughts/truths came to me as I read this blog also…that All have already sinned in Adam and that there is no excuse, one cant say they are ignorant..God said His people perish because of that…and one cant stay in their home and not get involved..for the word says..forsake not the gathering together and encourage, one another daily with songs,psalms,hymns, words…and since all have sinned…it makes it even more our responsibility those of us who have read these scriptures and know them, what light that we do have no matter how small, we had better share it…or as Sara reminded us…we will give an account for why we didnt….and remember a little goes a long way with God…Jesus fed a multitude with a few fish and some bread….and this is something that also came to me…what if Jesus had stayed in His home in Heaven and never got involved….we would surely be lost…….but He didnt…and He said Follow Me……(in, like manner) there really is no excuse….(and repent means turn and do)….I too want to walk among the stars…and be a Star-Walker…(Sara in Galations 5:26 and Hebrews talks about Jerusalem which is above…being free…I am thinking thats where the Star-Walkers live and pray..and its free from all things that hinder so prayer is easy…you think?…)..but it seems to get there we got to do what this blog is all about…in and through Christ

  8. What wonderful comments. I feel like I have been surrounded by Star-Walkers, Daily Lilies, these last few weeks as I have been moving from Louisiana to Virginia. The love that has been out poured to me is incredible, and the only descriptiveness that I can give it is that all have walked so in tune with the Holy Spirit and poured out the LOVE of Jesus from second to second. The flame of love never flickered but was a constant outpouring of love to me. I’m so amazed!!!!! When I thought I couldn’t stand or indure there was a call of encouragement and standing with me in prayer. For the outside world I had lived in Louisiana for twenty plus years, leaving precious friends and coworkers behind. Also in leaving there to come home, Virginia being my home as I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, when my precious dog died. What incredible Star-Walkers. They helped me bury my precious dog Teddie and have laboriously in loved help be unpack and decorate my new home. They have worked tirelessly – STAR-WALKERS. God has been so gracious to me. Even the home seems to have been designed by God himself with every deco fitting in when it didn’t fit in my Lousiana Home. I just know what an amazing God we serve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God is faithful. I had prayed for twenty plus years and God heard and God moved and GOD was AMAZING with every detail!!! Oh that we as children of God could be continual STAR-WALKERS like our FATHER carrying and loving others as He the Father does, and not just Star-Gazers. Lord may we not crush the HOLY SPIRIT who is our helper and knows how we should move in this world in perfect harmony with the Father. May I, we, listen to that voice and not push it down and regret and have to repent because we did.

    I have been guilty of this and will have remembered the promptings of the HOLY SPIRIT after the fact. What sadness when I have done this. It effects all around us. Lord help me (us) walk in the SPIRIT. If you read a little further on after the James 4 text and I will paraphrase a little from the MESSAGE. James 5. And a final word to you arrogant rich (self centered people). Take some lessons in lament. You’ll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. Your money (self centeredness) is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you’ve piled up is judgment.

    Oh Lord may we be STAR-WALKERS and not naughty, disobedient children walking in judgment.

  9. In James’ 4:17 he says, that “any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, TO HIM, it is sin.” This is both implicit and explicit. We ALL know explicitly what is right to do because the LORD GOD has given the specific commandments and Jesus has reinforced them. Thus there is an ethical code and a moral code that stem from the written and spoken commands of the GOD ALMIGHTY and His Son, Jesus, namely…How to do right!! However, there are certain deeds, actions, callings and procedures that are specific to a certain or to certain individuals that may pertain only to them. For example, not everyone is called to be a missionary in China, so to speak. The Lord may have a specific calling for a certain people for that ministry. If we are presumptive, we may step out before the Lord. Paul says in 1COR.12:4, that there are distinctive varieties and distributions of endowments, gifts and powers, distinguishing certain Christians by the grace and power of the HOLY SPIRIT, including distinctive varieties of SERVICE AND MINISTRATIONS.
    That is to say, not all are TEACHERS, or ALL PROPHETS, OR ALL PASTORS, etc. BUT THE CALLING of GOD for each individual is all inclusive in the phrase…’he who knoweth to do right’…for that which may be a RIGHT calling for one may not be the RIGHT calling for another and only GOD can declare that. So when we ignore or frustrate the grace of GOD by not fulfilling our calling, even though we don’t break the speed limit, and don’t murder or steal or cheat on our exams because we KNOW IT IS NOT RIGHT….yet we sin if we do not fulfill the calling to the BODY OF CHRIST that HE has called us to, that we were put on the earth to do.
    So if we know we have a certain mission to accomplish for the LORD because He as told us specifically or because it has spoken to us in the WORD,or it is our spiritual GIFT, and we frustrate or delay that mission, then it, too is sin!!!!

  10. Thinking more on Sara’s comment ‘be good, do good and be happy. Romans 12:21 exhorts us to “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” And Rom 12:9 “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” To ‘know’ to do good is to: to be aware of the truth or factuality of. To be aware of means something has to process through the mind and heart and the actions and heart must line up (this reminded me of Sara’s blog “Litmus Test”). So it says to me that not only our we responsible to become aware of what is good and what is evil, but then we must diligently strive to keep our hearts humble before God, apply that knowledge and trust Him to help us. “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he” (Prov.:16:20)

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