Slaves/Servants – Part 4 James 1:1

Do I love, live for, and serve God and the Lord Jesus?

Yesterday, we focused on HEARING God Speak about being His bond-servant.

We understand: God talks, We listen; We talk, He listens!

Today, we will move outside of James, LOOKING at Cross References about bond-servant.

Open GODcha to the Book of James.

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NOTE: If you don’t have GODcha Get It >, or you can use your hardbound Bibles and follow along.


Do You Remember . . .

Why James Wrote This Letter?

You need to get this under your belt!


Because everything written in this letter, points back to those 3 points.

You will understand this when we get deeper into James’ letter.

The OVERVIEW is just a touch away!


Begin in Prayer

Oh Lord, we are hungry and thirsty. May Your Spirit instruct us today as we come to Your spiritual food, Your Living Word. Lord, please help us to focus, hear Your voice and understand what You are teaching us. Thank you Lord, (Neh 9:20)!


 LOOK at What God Says

What does GODcha suggest? 

Open LOOK Segment >

How will you begin?


Read verse 1 again, asking the 5W’s and H.

Yes, run through verse 1 once again to refresh your memory and practice reading with purpose.



Certain skills to help us LOOK at God’s Word correctly.

We have gone over:

Reading with a purpose,


Defining those Key Words,

Listening to God. . .

Today, We Want to

Learn to LOOK at Cross References!

God’s Word is Truth. 

God Uses Truth to Explain Truth

We want to see the importance of Cross References, because the infallible interpretation of Scripture is Scripture.

GODcha Offers Us

A Couple of Ways to View Other References of Truth.

CR-Cross References-Word Search Tutorial >

1. The LOOK Segment: Suggests some Cross References for what you are trying to understand.


2. The Word Search: Another way to Search Out Other References.

CR-Cross References-Word Search Video >

We will go over this at another time.


Our Focus Today

We are going to LOOK at GODcha’s Cross Reference Suggestions.

GODcha’s Cross References, (aka CR).

Found In the Opened LOOK Section
1. Scroll through the Road Signs.
2. Find the   Cross References.
3. To OpenTap the
4. Do you see Ch 1:1-4: bond-servant(Jam 1:1)

Great we’re ready to start LOOKING!


LOOKthe Cross Reference, (Exo 21:5-6).

To Open: Tap (Exo 21:5-6)!
To Close: Tap anywhere outside the purple text box.


Now read Exo 21:5-6 with a purpose, asking the 5W’s and H questions.

What does God say about bond-servants?


We LEARN a ‘bond-servant‘ . . .  

Loved his master;

Was a freed slave, but;

Chose to stay with his master;

Thus, was devoted to his master; and

Would serve his master permanently?


Now As You Read Seeing Each Fact…

Did You Hear God Speak?

Be still and listen with the ears of your heart.

Can you hear God speak to you from Exodus 21:5-6?

Remember, take each truth and put them in the form of a personal question.


Let Me Help You LISTEN…

We see a bond-servant’:  

 1. Loved his master. . .


LISTEN…what might the Spirit be asking?

Who is my Master?

Is God the Father my Master

What about God the Son, the Lord Jesus – is He my Master?

Do I love God? Do I love Jesus?

How do I show my love to God and Jesus?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


We see a bond-servant’:  

 2. Was a freed slave. . .


LISTEN…hear what the Spirit is saying?

Am I a freed slave?

If so, what have I been freed from?


Am I still in bondage?

What am I in bondage to?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


We see a bond-servant’:  

3. Chose to stay with his master. . .


LISTEN to the Spirit speak…

Have I chosen to stay with Jesus?


Have I rejected Jesus?  Why?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


We see a bond-servant’:  

4. Was devoted to his master. . .



What gives evidence of my love and devotion to God and Jesus?


What interferes with my devotion?

What do I give my devotion to, other than God and Jesus?

Respond to God…LIVE it out!


We see a bond-servant’:  

5. Would serve his master permanently.



Am I willing to serve God and Jesus permanently?


Am I self serving?  

How Will I Respond to God…LIVE it out?


Oh, hasn’t this been a great day with the Lord?

We’ll finish up tomorrow. But for now….


Take a Breath!

Soak in all God is saying and teaching you. 

What stirred your heart?

Chat with God and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Have that constant, conscience, communion with them all day today about being a bond-servant!


Journal Your Discovery in Your Notes 

Expressing Yourself is Part of the Learning Process.

When you record your discovery and how God spoke to you,

it affords you the opportunity to go back again and again to refresh your memory,

talk to God, and

be obedient to your response. 

Video Tutorial>  Notes Tutorial > 


Let’s Pray

OH FATHER GOD, thank you for Your servant James, who spoke this one little verse under Your inspiration that speaks mountains to our hearts. And thank you for Your servant Moses, who spoke to us from Exodus today! As we see such truths, forgive us Lord where we have failed to love You, being wholly devoted to You. Oh, forgive us for not  living for You, and instead have lived for ourselves. Oh Lord, help us to live our lives in better service to You, as we so desire to be pleasing to You and to do Your will. Oh, may everything be motivated by our love for You and for You Lord Jesus! May we all be able to answer yes to this LIVE question. Yes, we are definitely Your bond-servants!  Amen! 


I can’t wait to see you tomorrow to let the Lord show us great and mighty things, (Jer 33:3).  

Tomorrow: We will finish LOOKING @ ‘Bond-servant’.

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About the Author:

Janette has started Bible studies everywhere God has moved her—most filling up to over a 100 men, women, young adults and kids. She continues to make disciples and raise up leaders, training and teaching the Word of God.

One Comment

  1. Soraya September 17, 2017 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Jany verseette, today was so good and so deep. I would have gotten pass the first verse way too quickly without you walking us through it. Thank you for inspiring me to do the same with every verse. Just loved my time with God today. Thank you.

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