February 26, 2017 Series: The book of James
Topic: Default Scripture: James 4:6–4:10, James 1:9–1:12, James 4:11–4:12, Matthew 5:3–5:10, 2 Corinthians 10:12,
WE NEED GRACE
James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
- We all need grace
- Its impossible to remain proud while asking God for grace you could never earn or deserve.
- Humility admits who God is and who we are.
HOW TO BE HUMBLE
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
HOW TO BE HUMBLE
- Submit to God
- Resist the devil
- Come near
- Wash & purify
- Grieve, mourn and wail.
James 1:9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
FALSE SOURCES OR PRIDE
James 4:11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
2 CORINTHIANS 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
YOU MIGHT BE PROUD IF:
- Acting like you don’t need grace.
- Not seeking a relationship with God
- Reliance on something other than God
- Usurping the authority of judgment
- Comparing yourself to others