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Preached at Straightway Bible Church on July 21, 2013.  Below you will find the study notes I handed out. James gives us practical commands on how to overcome worldliness and conflict.

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Here are the study notes:

James 4:6-10 – Victory Over Worldliness, Conflict & Pride

Brent Riggs –

  • James 4:6 James reveals who obtains God’s grace—the humble, not the proud enemies of God. The word “humble” does not define a special class of Christians, but encompasses all believers.
  • The primary message from this verse is a NUTSHELL SUMMARY OF SALVATION
  • James 4:7 Literally “to line up under.”  The word was used of soldiers under the authority of their commander.
  • In the NT, the same word “submit” describes Jesus’ submission to His parents’ authority (Luke 2:51), submission to human government (Rom. 13:1), the church’s submission to Christ (Eph. 5:24), and servants’ submission to their masters (Titus 2:9; 1 Pet. 2:18).
  • James 4:8 Draw near. Pursue an intimate love relationship with God; It is a lifestyle, a desire, an individual effort between a Believer and God
  • Cleanse your hands. The OT priests had to ceremonially wash their hands before approaching God and sinners who would approach Him must recognize and confess their sin.
  • James 4:9 Lament. Be afflicted, wretched, and miserable. This is the state of those truly broken over their sin. They mourn and weep.
  • Laughter. Used only here in the NT, the word signifies the flippant laughter of those foolishly indulging in worldly pleasures. The picture is of people who give no thought to God, life, death, sin, judgment, or holiness. James calls on such people to mourn over their sin
  • James 4:10  “Humble” comes from a word meaning “to make oneself low.” Believers who are conscious of being in the presence of the majestic, infinitely holy God have no choice but to be humbled.

Attributes and and character of God:

Commands to live the Christian life:

  • Submit to God – line up your life, ie. OBEDIENCE
  • Resist Satan (via God’s Word)
  • Draw near to God (pursue a relationship with Him)
  • Cleanse your hands (confession, forgiveness for external sin)
  • Purify your hearts (confession, forgiveness for internal sin)
  • Lament, mourn & weep  – genuine contrition & revulsion of sin
  • Humble yourselves –  true growth and joy 

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