Have I humbled myself in the presence of the Lord?
How has the Lord exalted me?
We saw what is involved in the cleansing that God requires to draw near to Him.
We want to check out the end result of humbling ourselves before the Lord.
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Let’s Ask For Help
Oh Lord, as we approach Your Word today, give us ears to hear and eyes to see. Oh, help us to understand Your heart so we may move forward in obedience. Thank you!
LOOK at What God Says
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Where will you begin?
READ God’s Word
Read James 4:6-10 again, with a purpose, asking the 5W’s and H.
Are you learning to slow dow and see what God is saying?
Do you see what is happening as a result of reading and re-reading?
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Hear God Speak!
Focus on verses 10.
How does James finish this portion of Scripture?
What is the result?
Unlock the Meaning
What words are key that we should unlock?
Understand God’s Words
Check Out the Meaning
Do you remember what ‘humble‘ means?
Humble, tapeinóō; to depress; (figurative) to humiliate (in condition or heart):—abase, bring low, humble (self).
Grammar: It is the Aorist Imperative Passive (aipp).
This is a command!
What about ‘exalt‘?
Exalt, hupsóō; To heighten, raise high, elevate, lift up.
TIP: Remember to take the meanings back to the text.
“Humble (make yourself low) in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt (raise, elevate, lift) you up. ”
Let Truth Explain Truth About
Humble and Exalt
Let’s scope out some of the Cross References.
Remember don’t hurry.
Our goal is to engage with the LIVING God, hear Him, and be set free!
LISTEN to God speak and consider how you will LIVE it out!
1. What do you learn from Isaiah?
When Isaiah entered into the presence of the LORD and saw Him in all His holiness, he was humbled and overwhelmed seeing himself and his sinfulness.
He saw what he was, a man of unclean lips. (Isa 6:2-7)
THINK and REASON: Isaiah was a prophet for God, thus a man who was to speak for God. If his lips were unclean, then we know, as we have seen, so was his heart. (Mat 15:18).
Am I comparing myself to others, thinking I am pretty good?
Or, do I see who God is, and compare myself to Him and His holiness?
Can I see myself, my sin?
Am I willing to humble myself, admit and confess my sin, and let it be taken away and receive forgiveness?
Respond to God…LIVE it out!
2. What does God exult, raise, the humble up to?
a. Everyone who humbles themselves by believing in the Son will have eternal life and be raised up on the last day. (Joh 6:40)
b. Everyone who humbles themselves by believing in the Son have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead, we have been raised to walk in newness of life. (Rom 6:4)
c. Everyone who humbles themselves by believing
has been made alive together with Christ and
raised up with Him, and
seated with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
thus now blessed with ever spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Eph 2:6; 1:3)
NOTE: You might want to take time to read Eph 1:1-14 to see all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ.
d. Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. (1Pe 5:6)
Have I a sinner humbled myself before the Lord?
Now raised up together with Christ, how grateful am I for God’s spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ?
Now raised to newness of life, how am I living and walking before the Lord?
Respond to God…LIVE it out!
Remember God has grace, a power, that is greater than our sin.
Understand: God will give His grace to any and all who are willing to humble themselves before Him.
What Have We LEARNED
Sum It Up!
You can do this!
Shall We Call It a Day!
You now know what God says!
Contemplate how sinner’s tap into God’s grace and draw near to Him.
Get Truth under your belt and be changed!
Oh, talk to the Father who truly does love you and wants to graciously bestow His grace upon you!
Journal Your Discovery
As we close for the day remember, take a minute to put the Definitions and Cross References not only in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to these verses.
Take it from me, if you don’t do it now, you won’t.
Turn What We LEARNED into a Prayer
OH, FATHER GOD, YOU WHO ARE HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. Thank you for Your Word these past few days, Your Word that is indeed razor sharp, able to discern the thoughts and intents of our own hearts. Forgive us, oh please forgive us if we are still sinners, separated from You, having no power over the sins that control us, especially pride that You are so opposed to. I pray You are tugging on our hearts! You have told us exactly what to do to humble ourselves and receive Your grace! May we not be just hearers of Your Word, but doers, as James has warned us. May we truly receive Your Word to us in these verses and walk in obedience to these 10 commands! Oh Father, may each one of us be broken over our sins, and be willing to confess them to You. And as we do, may we understand that You will draw near to us, being faithful to Your Word, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness! May we all desire to do Your will and do all that You require. May we truly humble ourselves in Your holy presence. We ask this in Jesus most holy, matchless name. Amen!
You are doing great! Keep pressing forward!
Next: we will Wrap it Up!
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