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November 11, 2018 – James 4:1-12 – Ben Armstrong

November 11, 2018 – James 4:1-12 – Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong joined us this Sunday and spoke from James 4:1-12, encouraging us to turn from worldliness and live in godliness.

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Main Points & Outline

  1. Worldly Pursuit of Passions
    1. Turning to sin
    2. Refusing to ask
    3. Asking with selfish motives
  2. Result of Worldliness
    1. Adultery against God
    2. Enmity with God
    3. Enemy of God
    4. Opposed by God
  3. Worldliness to Godliness
    1. Clean out your sin
      1. Resist the devil
      2. Reject worldly joys
    2. Submit to God
      1. Be humble
      2. Draw near to God
      3. Let God be God
  4. Result of Godliness
    1. God will exalt you
    2. Believers will be unified

Scripture: James 4:1-12

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (ESV)