Am I humble?
We finished LOOKING at ‘friendship with the world’ which puts one in ‘conflict with God’.
We will begin to focus on the solution to ALL conflict, especially conflict with God.
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Let’s Ask God For Help
OH Lord, you brought us here today, thus we ask that You quiet our hearts to hear You speak to us. Help us to understand Your Truth in order to live it and know the fullness of blessing to bring You honor in Your Son’s name. Thank you!
Think About Context
Remember CONTEXT RULES INTERPRETATION!
We’ve been looking at tests that James gives us to prove our faith. He is trying to move us to the real deal. We have seen in:
Chapter 1 – how true faith handles trials, temptations, responds to the Word, does the Word, and is concerned with purity in life.
Chapter 2 – how true faith treats people in need, people who are poor, shows no partiality, and produces good works.
Chapter 3 – how true faith is seen by one’s tongue, their speech, and wisdom from God that is seen in one’s conduct and behavior.
Chapter 4 – how true faith is separated from the world, NOT a friend of the world, NOT love the world, thus, NOT an enemy of God.
But if one says and doesn’t do;
if one has a dead faith;
if someone is operating according to the wisdom of the world,
a friend of the world,
thus an enemy of God,
what can they do?
We read and LOOKED intently at James 4:1-5.
Now, let’s LOOK at James 4:6-10.
Because we are beginning to LOOK at a new portion of Scripture today, you might want to. . .
Go to the LEARN/LIVE Section
Open the Deeper Discovery
Scroll to the #13 LEARN Questions
#13. As you see God gives greater grace, what is grace (don’t assume, look it up)?
Who does God give grace to?
What do you see God commands the enemy of God, who is a proud, double minded, sinner, to do, CR? (v6-10)
Let’s SEE What God Says
Open the LOOK Section
Where is the best place to begin?
Always Begin LOOKING
Read James 4:6-10, asking the 5W and H (who, what, where, when, why, and how) questions to see what God says.
The only way to learn this critical skill – is to do it.
Give it your best shot and then come back for help.
Remember to focus on the nouns and verbs.
How did you do?
Let’s try it together.
Did you catch the contrast?
If you are one who loves the world and is an enemy of God, WHAT does James want you to know?
WHO is the He? (God)
WHAT does He (God) do?
a greater grace.
Do you recognize the Term of Conclusion?
How does James CONCLUDE what he just said?
(WHAT is ‘it’?)
WHAT does ‘it’ say?
opposed to WHO?
TO THE PROUD,
WHAT does God do?
TO THE HUMBLE.”
(Remember when a Scripture is in all caps, it is an OT Scripture being quoted.)
7Did you notice the Term of Conclusion?
So WHAT does James conclude?
How does one become humble?
And in submitting to God,
WHAT does James say to do?
WHAT will happen?
(he is WHO?) the devil
he will WHAT?
(You is WHO?)
The one who submits and resists.
8 Once one submits and resists,
then WHAT are they to do?
Draw near to God
WHAT will happen?
(He is WHO?)
He (God) will do WHAT?
will draw near to you.
WHEN ‘you‘ draws near to God,
WHAT is ‘you‘ to do?
WHO is to cleanse their hands?
HOW is ‘you’ described?
WHAT else is ‘you sinners‘ to do?
HOW are these sinners described?
(Have we seen double-minded before?)
9 Then, WHAT does James tell the sinners, the double minded to be?
WHAT else are the sinners to do?
be turned into
10 Then, WHAT does James say ‘you sinners‘ are to do?
in the presence of the Lord,
WHAT will He (the Lord) do?
He will exalt you.
Do you see the value of slowing down and asking questions?
Were you able to see God’s word more clearly?
Are you not in awe to see God speaks? Isn’t it wonderful?
The question is, will you and I listen and obey?
Let’s Call It a Day
Mull over what we just read.
Perhaps read and re-read for clarity, and consider what God has said through James.
May we consider our ways, (Hag 1:5)
Record Your Notes
Did you have questions?
Put them in your Notes.
Ask God to answer them.
Once more, I would encourage you to keep up your list on God and Jesus. You will be so glad you did.
Let’s Close in Prayer
Perhaps. . .
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, what vital Truths You have given us in these verses. I am actually overwhelmed, desiring that we all will have ears to hear what You are saying to us through Your servant James. Oh, as we begin to dig in and unfold these verses, please, please give us ears to hear and eyes to see. May we be ever sensitive to You Holy Spirit, to Your leading and guiding. Convict us if necessary and grant us the understanding we need, to be transformed and live in the Light of Your Holy Word. We asl this in the blessed name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen!
I want to applaud you for your commitment and time to be with the Lord today. You are doing great!
Next: We will dig in and focus on the solution to any and all Conflict.
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