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SUBMIT TO GOD
January 13, 2019

 

SCRIPTURE: James 4:1-10

 

KEY VERSE: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8)

 

INTRODUCTION: As we begin our Bible study today,…

 

A. We are reminded that James is merely continuing his train of thought from the previous chapter.

 

In chapter three he warned us of the danger of an uncontrolled tongue and from ungodly wisdom (or way of thinking). Now he gets very personal and practical with his readers. Churches in his day were not that much different from churches today.

 

B. We are reminded that there are wars, fightings, quarrels, factions, and every evil work.

 

Keep in mind that the church is a reflection of the families, and the families are a reflection of individual spirituality. In the first ten verses of this chapter, James introduces us to three enemies that we must battle (by the way, our enemies are NOT other believers). He then gives us the peaceful solution to each battle.

 

1. "Daddy, How do wars begin?"

 

2. Well the first world war started when Germany invaded Belgium

 

3. His wife interrupted and said, 'Why don't you just tell him the truth…it started over a murder!'

 

4. 'Who's answering this question? You or me?

 

5. With that the wife returned to the kitchen slamming drawers and cupboards rattling every jar and glass in the place.

 

6. The father said, 'Now, where was I?'

 

7. His son replied, 'Never mind, I think I understand now.'

 

(James 4:1) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

 

I. THE SYMPTON. (James 4:1-3)

 

(James 4:1) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

 

A. This speaks of the battle that all of us must deal with.

 

B. This is the fleshly or sensual battle.

 

1. The war continues to rage on even after we are saved.

 

a. 'Lust' does not necessarily mean sexual passion, but it simply refers to carnal desires.

 

b. The body itself isn't sinful; it is the fallen nature that would control the body that is evil.

 

c. This is why Paul said we should yield our bodies to be instruments of righteousness.

 

(Rom. 6:11-13) 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

2. Strife comes from these carnal desires.

 

3. Every argument, war, and fight throughout history has resulted from pride.

 

(Prov. 13:10) Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

 

4. Whenever we have war, then we do not have peace. (James 4:2-3)

 

(James 4:2-3) Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

a. We try to supply our needs and fulfill our desires by the strength of our flesh.

 

b. But, we should be looking to God for the fulfillment of our needs

 

c. When we finally do go to God, we do it with the wrong motive, and we still wind up in need.

 

5. "Ye have not, because ye ask not," means that we do not trust God enough to call upon Him.

 

6. But desire is never satisfied apart from God.

 

II. THE PROBLEM. (James 4:4-6)

 

·        WE ARE IN A SPIRITUAL WAR! (James 4:4-5)

 

(James 4:4-5) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 

A. Often we are guilty of spiritual adultery.

 

1. Physical adultery is sinful, to be sure, but so is spiritual adultery.

 

2. We are called out of this world so we ought not to be friends with the world.

 

3. We are the bride of Christ, and when we give our devotion to the things of this world we become guilty of spiritual adultery.

 

B. There are three progressive steps toward the world noted in the Scriptures.

 

1. Friendship with the world. (James 4:4)

 

(James 4:4) …know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

 

2. Love of the world. (1 John 2:15a)

 

(1 John 2:15a) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

 

3. Conformity to the world. (Rom. 12:2a)

 

(Rom. 12:2a) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…

 

4. The biblical illustration of these steps are seen in the life of Lot.

 

a. He lifted up his eyes toward Sodom

 

b. He pitched his tent toward Sodom

 

c. He sat in the gate at Sodom

 

5. When Christians commit spiritual adultery and begin to love and live like the world, they lose their identity and their testimony; often it is hard to tell if they are even saved!

 

·        WE ARE IN A SATANIC WAR! (James 4:6)

 

(James 4:6) But [God] giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 

A. Pride is the devil's tool.

 

1. When a believer begins to live for the world, they get proud and haughty.

 

2. Try to discuss spiritual matters with them (especially their own spiritual condition) and they swell up with pride and begin to point their fingers at everyone else.

 

3. Pride brought about Satan's fall, and it will do the same for anyone else who allows it to enter their lives.

 

(Prov. 16:18) Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

 

B. Humility is God's tool against the devil.

 

1. God will not give grace (here 'grace' means the favor and blessings of God) to the proud; we must first humble ourselves before God.

 

2. Victory comes by submission…the way up is down!

 

3. As we submit our will to God's will then we can resist or oppose the devil.

 

III. THE SOLUTION. (James 4:7-10)

 

(James 4:7-10) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 

INSIGHT: For us to find a solution pleasing to God, we must "Draw nigh unto God."

 

A. We must recognize our need for Him and draw “nigh” or near Him.

 

B. We must recognize our sinful behavior -- “cleanse your hands.”

 

C. We must recognize our sinful attitudes – “purify your hearts.”

 

D. We must recognize our need of repentance – “repentance is a change of mind that always results in a change of action.”

 

E. We must recognize the pride that has filled our hearts and lives – “God giveth grace to the humble.”

 

GIVING IN TO JESUS
By James Banks

 

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:11)

 

·        They call it “The Devil’s Footprint.”

 

It’s a foot-shaped impression in the granite on a hill beside a church in Ipswich, Massachusetts. According to local legend the “footprint” happened one fall day in 1740, when the evangelist George Whitefield preached so powerfully that the devil leaped from the church steeple, landing on the rock on his way out of town.

 

·        Though it’s only a legend,…

 

 The story calls to mind an encouraging truth from God’s Word. James 4:7 reminds us, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

 

·        The Lord gives us our strength.

 

God has given us the strength we need to stand against our adversary and the temptations in our lives. The Bible tells us that “sin shall no longer be your master” (Rom. 6:14) because of God’s loving grace to us through Jesus Christ. As we run to Jesus when temptation comes, He enables us to stand in His strength. Nothing we face in this life can overcome Him, because He has “overcome the world” (John 16:33).

 

·        The victory comes through our submission.

 

As we submit ourselves to our Savior, yielding our wills to Him in the moment and walking in obedience to God’s Word, He is helping us. When we give in to Him instead of giving in to temptation, He is able to fight our battles. In Him we can overcome.

 

Lord Jesus, I give my will to You today. Help me to stay close
to You in every moment, and to love You by obeying You.

 

 -- Adapted from James Banks, Our Daily Bread, July 11, 2017

 

CONCLUSION: What have we learned from our Bible study today?

 

·        We learned that we are in a warfare that is sensual, spiritual, and satanic.

 

Instead of praying we are grabbing; instead of getting to know God we are cozying up to the world; and instead of resisting the devil we are embracing his wisdom and attitude.

 

·        We learned that we are losing the war even as we sing about “Victory in Jesus.”

 

Real victory comes from drawing near to God, in faith and repentance; cleansing ourselves from the old habits that weigh us down. We must humble ourselves before Him and He has promised to bless us and lift us up. Let's put an end to the wars that are tearing us apart.

 

(James 4:1) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

 

(Gal. 5:15-16) 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

·        We learned that we DO have victory when we submit ourselves to God.

 

(James 4:7-10) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The prayer of the feeblest saint . . . is a terror to Satan.” -- Oswald Chambers

 

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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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