James > Chapter 4 > Verse 4 This leads us to the third command that comes in the latter part of v.8:C. Cleanse Your Hands and Purify Your HeartsThis means that you should repent of all your sins and confess them to God. In fact he says in v.3 that if we become friends with the world, we become guilty of the sin of spiritual adultery. James 4:4. 1. supplies of grace greater in force and volume than the strength of their depravity, or the temptations against which they have to contend. Thus if we are friends of the world, we would also be conformed to the world in our attitudes, thinking, lifestyle, interests, and values. The world is an evil world, alien in its principles and pursuits from the will and glory of God; and therefore "the friendship of the world" is incompatible with the love of him. Read full chapter In one sense, Christians are the greatest friends of the world, for they desire the good of all men, and seek their salvation. (James 4:4) "…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? If someone were to look at your life and values would he say that you are a friend of God, or would he say that you are a friend of the world? Let God direct you through reading His word. But v.6 informs us that God resists the proud. We can do that the way that our Lord Jesus did: He used God�s Word as His sword! He, by his Spirit, gives to his believing people "more grace," i.e. But the apostle appeals to their consciences to confess whether such a state of mind was not due to their walking "after the flesh' instead of "after the Spirit." Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word. It is to deny ourselves any claim to honour, power or glory, and to ascribe all these to God alone who deserves them. cf Rom. 3. You cannot but see how vastly it is below the nature and dignity of man, who was made and is fitted for much nobler enjoyments. Repentance changes our attitude to sin from disharmony with God to full harmony with God. James 4:4. Literally, he addresses … The benefits of decision are numerous and great. = - C.J. 3. The tenor of Scripture teaching. One way that you can tell if two people are very good friends is to carefully observe how much they are conformed to each other. This passive enjoyment, when rightly used and controlled and directed, may be the first step of a real ascent from nature to nature's God. (1) The character is at once dishonourable and disgraceful. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us []? (Ver. Jesus echoed this same promise in John 6:37 when He said that, 'him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" "The Word of God abideth in us." This passage from James was written in a very serious circumstance. I don't think I need to elaborate further on the world's pursuit of affluence and materialism, because it is so well known and evident to us all in our own land. This command is also accompanied with a wonderful promise 'and He shall lift you up.' He opposes the proud. CalvaryTruths.com ccTheHarvest.com Jesus loves you! We cannot have both. One verse that shows this clearly is Genesis 6:5-6 -- 'And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. By doing that you will find that God gives you more grace to to go on submitting yourself fully to Him. But still it is a world which no friend of God may love, whether in himself or in another. Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. He refuses to yield to the striving of the Holy Spirit, and strengthens the principles of depravity in his nature, and plunges still deeper into the abyss of sin and guilt. God is opposed to the fallen and idolatrous desire of the world B. Instead of trying to exalt and promote yourself as the world does, let God Himself exalt and promote you! E.g. But the world moveth us to filthy conversation, to defile ourselves with carnal lusts and all ungodliness. "He that is down needs fear no fall;He that is low no pride;He that is humble ever shallHave God to be his Guide."(Bunyan.) We can divide this passage into two parts. Many of the world's pursuits are based on pride - pride in one's wealth, health, intelligence, or accomplishments. When we make up our minds to love God and not love the world any more, God will give us more grace to resist the attractions of the world and to submit ourselves to Him. But, we need to understand (here James cites Proverbs 3:34) that God does not give grace to the proud, self-reliant, self-righteous person. The lovers of God are pure, unrebukable, blameless before Him in love, serving Him in spirit and in truth, but the servants of the world are corrupt, deceitful from the womb, defiled with sin, flattering God with their mouth, and dissembling with Him in their double tongue. Confess any sins that you are convicted of, and then humble yourself in His sight. Scripture: James 4:2. In hiding our opinions, and suffering men to go on in error and spiritual danger, that we may keep up their society. But the term means here that the twelve tribes of the dispersion served God and loved the brethren with a worldly attitude. All history echoes the truth that "he setteth himself in array against the proud." Then what have you done? True Repentance is characterised by two attitudes 1. You cannot but see how plainly this tends to wear away and utterly extirpate all sense and regard of God and religion out of our minds. We must therefore make up our mind to choose to love God and not the world. 2. The sacred writers with one consent take up an attitude of protest against worldliness. As long as we keep cherishing some desire to be friends with the world, we will not experience the grace of God to resist the world.One illustration may help us to understand this better: When the angels of God helped Lot and his family to escape from Sodom, they told the family not to look back. Preached at Life BPC 10:45am service, 2006-03-26, The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. And He will shed upon them the pure and gentle light of His own love, which will save you from the false friendship of the world, will cheer you under all its disappointments and deceits, and lead you through this world to another world, where all objects of Jove and friendship are pure as tie is pure, and Himself is visibly enthroned above them all. Let us impress upon our minds the intensity with which God abhors pride. Is He infinite greatness, and skill immeasurable by us, acting in ways so various and so beautiful that we are lost in the contemplation? Are there not many objects around us, and many arrangements of things whose very purpose and almost only effect is to foster those sinful propensities; schemes carefully devised for this very end; some in a more refined manner; some more coarsely; the former only the falser for their apparent refinement; the latter repulsive at first sight or embrace, gradually habituating the body and the soul to the very coarseness of their vice? When I was young I learned a song that goes like this: 'Folks around me are saying, Make money while you can. The word denotes the spirit and guiding disposition of the unbeliever's life - the will to "be a friend of the world." James 4:4-6 New International Version (NIV). Godly sorrow for sin. The substance of the Divine promises. The worldly disposition, which shows itself in covetousness and envy and strife, is opposed both to the letter and the spirit of Holy Scripture. As Psalm 107:9puts it, “For He has satisfied the thir… "Doth the Spirit [i.e. And, if the answer is sought in our own self-questionings, the question is wisely asked, and will find its answer more and more constantly. For who can estimate the power of the eye to receive pure and healthy impressions of truth and love, of gentleness and meekness, of self-denying simplicity, and of heaven-born purity? Repentance can be defined as: a change of mind that leads to a change of conduct. He will turn your mourning for sins into the joy of being forgiven. This is why the incidence of suicide among students in Singapore has increased. IV. He mourns and weeps over our sins. This command to resist the Devil is accompanied by a wonderful promise 'he will flee from you.' Our Relationship with God Excludes ItIn vv.4-6 James says that one simply cannot be a friend with the world and a friend of God at the same time. 3. But what the world does not disclose is the utter frustration of those who have spent all their lives pursuing wealth only to find that it does not give them the satisfaction and help that they really need.Now, most people living in the world today have somehow been mysteriously charmed by the world�s message of pursuing achievements, appearance and affluence and they are conformed to it, very much like the rats that were charmed by the tune of the Pied Piper. "The lust of the flesh"; when our ruling motive in the use of these things is to gratify the appetites and passions of the body, not to supply its necessities, not to keep it in health, and to fit it for its proper work. THE MANNER IN WHICH THAT UNSANCTIFIED FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD WHICH IS CONDEMNED IN THE TEXT MANIFESTS ITSELF. Surrender your will to Him. We’ve been looking at the letter of James, the brother of Jesus. Women have special need to take heed of worldly pleasures and lusts: "You adulterers and adulteresses.". 3. The process may be pushed forward for others, not for ourselves. Resist the Devil (7b)The first step is to resist the Devil. (2) When we love them more (though vastly short of God, our Saviour, our souls, our religion, and the spiritual rewards of it, if such a thing could possibly be supposed) than they in themselves really deserve to be beloved, and for other ends and purposes than God has designed them for; when we love them as our own, as bringing mighty delights with them, as being certain, permanent, durable goods. Keep your eyes firmly on the direction that God wants you to take. When form and colour and sound are results of pure and simple intellectual taste, and occasions of pure and simple intellectual enjoyment, is this a world of which we may be friends? But does it tend to bring us to Him, and to reveal Him to us? Here these friendships with the world which betray Christ are marked by two opprobrious characters. James 4:4 You adulteresses! 2. Resist the Devil! They think, 'If I can only reduce my waistline and improve my figure and posture, I will surely be loved and accepted.' Scripture: James 4:7. Dearly beloved, the world would like you to believe that great achievements are worth everything. If the Lord Wills Education for Exultation: Humbly Under God. i. “More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages.” (Hiebert) ii. Your part is to submit yourself to His work of transforming your conduct. (4) An enemy to the cause of God. James explores, not only this question, but the relationship of humility to the life of the Christian. Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? V.9 of our text brings this out 'Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.' Some who are not able to achieve or make the grade find that there is nothing more to live for. 2. The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. It robs God; prefers the creature to the Creator, shadows to substances, &c. It reflects upon God's honour and disparages His wisdom by perverting the designs of it. In 4:4 James quickly moves into our conflict with theLord. Ye adulterers and adulteresses Not who were literally such, but in a figurative and metaphorical sense: as he is an adulterer that removes his affections from his own wife, and sets them upon another woman; and she is an adulteress that loves not her husband, but places her love upon another man; so such men and women are adulterers and adulteresses, who, instead of loving God, … John Piper Jan 18, 1987 112 Shares Sermon. Thus many understand these expressions, because God himself represented his relation to the Jews as his people under the idea of a marriage, and because the prophets, in conformity to that idea, represented the idolatry of the Jews as adultery. A. Let us now turn our attention to:II. When God is pleased with the direction we have taken, He blesses us with the grace we need to keep us going in that direction. The rebuke for the condition (James 4:4–6) a. And not only bodily passions or desires. This means that the Holy Spirit of God yearns jealously for our full devotion to Him alone. If we are God's people, He is our God; and we have everything to expect from Him. 3. Stronger Jeans(optional): Study the term repentance. If that is the case, then it is time for you to come back to Him. 3. Now we come to the fourth and final step, which is given in v.10 - D. Humble yourself in the sight of the LordAccording to v.6 humbling ourselves is the pre-condition for receiving more grace from the Lord. For the love of God is pure, chaste, holy. God commandeth mercy, liberality, pity, compassion; the world persuadeth cruelty, covetousness, hardness of heart, violence. (1) When we love them more than we do God, our Saviour, religion, and our souls, or indeed with any degree of nearness or equality to them. He giveth more grace. resemble each other in the world is here condemned.! To do that day we go, we are at war within you Satan 'knocking... 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Read full chapter In one sense, Christians are the greatest friends of the world, for they desire the good of all men, and seek their salvation. (James 4:4) "…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? If someone were to look at your life and values would he say that you are a friend of God, or would he say that you are a friend of the world? Let God direct you through reading His word. But v.6 informs us that God resists the proud. We can do that the way that our Lord Jesus did: He used God�s Word as His sword! He, by his Spirit, gives to his believing people "more grace," i.e. But the apostle appeals to their consciences to confess whether such a state of mind was not due to their walking "after the flesh' instead of "after the Spirit." Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word. It is to deny ourselves any claim to honour, power or glory, and to ascribe all these to God alone who deserves them. cf Rom. 3. You cannot but see how vastly it is below the nature and dignity of man, who was made and is fitted for much nobler enjoyments. Repentance changes our attitude to sin from disharmony with God to full harmony with God. James 4:4. Literally, he addresses … The benefits of decision are numerous and great. = - C.J. 3. The tenor of Scripture teaching. One way that you can tell if two people are very good friends is to carefully observe how much they are conformed to each other. This passive enjoyment, when rightly used and controlled and directed, may be the first step of a real ascent from nature to nature's God. (1) The character is at once dishonourable and disgraceful. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us []? (Ver. Jesus echoed this same promise in John 6:37 when He said that, 'him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" "The Word of God abideth in us." This passage from James was written in a very serious circumstance. I don't think I need to elaborate further on the world's pursuit of affluence and materialism, because it is so well known and evident to us all in our own land. This command is also accompanied with a wonderful promise 'and He shall lift you up.' He opposes the proud. CalvaryTruths.com ccTheHarvest.com Jesus loves you! We cannot have both. One verse that shows this clearly is Genesis 6:5-6 -- 'And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. By doing that you will find that God gives you more grace to to go on submitting yourself fully to Him. But still it is a world which no friend of God may love, whether in himself or in another. Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. He refuses to yield to the striving of the Holy Spirit, and strengthens the principles of depravity in his nature, and plunges still deeper into the abyss of sin and guilt. God is opposed to the fallen and idolatrous desire of the world B. Instead of trying to exalt and promote yourself as the world does, let God Himself exalt and promote you! E.g. But the world moveth us to filthy conversation, to defile ourselves with carnal lusts and all ungodliness. "He that is down needs fear no fall;He that is low no pride;He that is humble ever shallHave God to be his Guide."(Bunyan.) We can divide this passage into two parts. Many of the world's pursuits are based on pride - pride in one's wealth, health, intelligence, or accomplishments. When we make up our minds to love God and not love the world any more, God will give us more grace to resist the attractions of the world and to submit ourselves to Him. But, we need to understand (here James cites Proverbs 3:34) that God does not give grace to the proud, self-reliant, self-righteous person. The lovers of God are pure, unrebukable, blameless before Him in love, serving Him in spirit and in truth, but the servants of the world are corrupt, deceitful from the womb, defiled with sin, flattering God with their mouth, and dissembling with Him in their double tongue. Confess any sins that you are convicted of, and then humble yourself in His sight. Scripture: James 4:2. In hiding our opinions, and suffering men to go on in error and spiritual danger, that we may keep up their society. But the term means here that the twelve tribes of the dispersion served God and loved the brethren with a worldly attitude. All history echoes the truth that "he setteth himself in array against the proud." Then what have you done? True Repentance is characterised by two attitudes 1. You cannot but see how plainly this tends to wear away and utterly extirpate all sense and regard of God and religion out of our minds. We must therefore make up our mind to choose to love God and not the world. 2. The sacred writers with one consent take up an attitude of protest against worldliness. As long as we keep cherishing some desire to be friends with the world, we will not experience the grace of God to resist the world.One illustration may help us to understand this better: When the angels of God helped Lot and his family to escape from Sodom, they told the family not to look back. Preached at Life BPC 10:45am service, 2006-03-26, The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. And He will shed upon them the pure and gentle light of His own love, which will save you from the false friendship of the world, will cheer you under all its disappointments and deceits, and lead you through this world to another world, where all objects of Jove and friendship are pure as tie is pure, and Himself is visibly enthroned above them all. Let us impress upon our minds the intensity with which God abhors pride. Is He infinite greatness, and skill immeasurable by us, acting in ways so various and so beautiful that we are lost in the contemplation? Are there not many objects around us, and many arrangements of things whose very purpose and almost only effect is to foster those sinful propensities; schemes carefully devised for this very end; some in a more refined manner; some more coarsely; the former only the falser for their apparent refinement; the latter repulsive at first sight or embrace, gradually habituating the body and the soul to the very coarseness of their vice? When I was young I learned a song that goes like this: 'Folks around me are saying, Make money while you can. The word denotes the spirit and guiding disposition of the unbeliever's life - the will to "be a friend of the world." James 4:4-6 New International Version (NIV). Godly sorrow for sin. The substance of the Divine promises. The worldly disposition, which shows itself in covetousness and envy and strife, is opposed both to the letter and the spirit of Holy Scripture. As Psalm 107:9puts it, “For He has satisfied the thir… "Doth the Spirit [i.e. And, if the answer is sought in our own self-questionings, the question is wisely asked, and will find its answer more and more constantly. For who can estimate the power of the eye to receive pure and healthy impressions of truth and love, of gentleness and meekness, of self-denying simplicity, and of heaven-born purity? Repentance can be defined as: a change of mind that leads to a change of conduct. He will turn your mourning for sins into the joy of being forgiven. This is why the incidence of suicide among students in Singapore has increased. IV. He mourns and weeps over our sins. This command to resist the Devil is accompanied by a wonderful promise 'he will flee from you.' Our Relationship with God Excludes ItIn vv.4-6 James says that one simply cannot be a friend with the world and a friend of God at the same time. 3. But what the world does not disclose is the utter frustration of those who have spent all their lives pursuing wealth only to find that it does not give them the satisfaction and help that they really need.Now, most people living in the world today have somehow been mysteriously charmed by the world�s message of pursuing achievements, appearance and affluence and they are conformed to it, very much like the rats that were charmed by the tune of the Pied Piper. "The lust of the flesh"; when our ruling motive in the use of these things is to gratify the appetites and passions of the body, not to supply its necessities, not to keep it in health, and to fit it for its proper work. THE MANNER IN WHICH THAT UNSANCTIFIED FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD WHICH IS CONDEMNED IN THE TEXT MANIFESTS ITSELF. Surrender your will to Him. We’ve been looking at the letter of James, the brother of Jesus. Women have special need to take heed of worldly pleasures and lusts: "You adulterers and adulteresses.". 3. The process may be pushed forward for others, not for ourselves. Resist the Devil (7b)The first step is to resist the Devil. (2) When we love them more (though vastly short of God, our Saviour, our souls, our religion, and the spiritual rewards of it, if such a thing could possibly be supposed) than they in themselves really deserve to be beloved, and for other ends and purposes than God has designed them for; when we love them as our own, as bringing mighty delights with them, as being certain, permanent, durable goods. Keep your eyes firmly on the direction that God wants you to take. When form and colour and sound are results of pure and simple intellectual taste, and occasions of pure and simple intellectual enjoyment, is this a world of which we may be friends? But does it tend to bring us to Him, and to reveal Him to us? Here these friendships with the world which betray Christ are marked by two opprobrious characters. James 4:4 You adulteresses! 2. Resist the Devil! They think, 'If I can only reduce my waistline and improve my figure and posture, I will surely be loved and accepted.' Scripture: James 4:7. Dearly beloved, the world would like you to believe that great achievements are worth everything. If the Lord Wills Education for Exultation: Humbly Under God. i. “More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages.” (Hiebert) ii. Your part is to submit yourself to His work of transforming your conduct. (4) An enemy to the cause of God. James explores, not only this question, but the relationship of humility to the life of the Christian. Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? V.9 of our text brings this out 'Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.' Some who are not able to achieve or make the grade find that there is nothing more to live for. 2. The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. It robs God; prefers the creature to the Creator, shadows to substances, &c. It reflects upon God's honour and disparages His wisdom by perverting the designs of it. In 4:4 James quickly moves into our conflict with theLord. Ye adulterers and adulteresses Not who were literally such, but in a figurative and metaphorical sense: as he is an adulterer that removes his affections from his own wife, and sets them upon another woman; and she is an adulteress that loves not her husband, but places her love upon another man; so such men and women are adulterers and adulteresses, who, instead of loving God, … John Piper Jan 18, 1987 112 Shares Sermon. Thus many understand these expressions, because God himself represented his relation to the Jews as his people under the idea of a marriage, and because the prophets, in conformity to that idea, represented the idolatry of the Jews as adultery. A. Let us now turn our attention to:II. When God is pleased with the direction we have taken, He blesses us with the grace we need to keep us going in that direction. The rebuke for the condition (James 4:4–6) a. And not only bodily passions or desires. This means that the Holy Spirit of God yearns jealously for our full devotion to Him alone. If we are God's people, He is our God; and we have everything to expect from Him. 3. Stronger Jeans(optional): Study the term repentance. If that is the case, then it is time for you to come back to Him. 3. Now we come to the fourth and final step, which is given in v.10 - D. Humble yourself in the sight of the LordAccording to v.6 humbling ourselves is the pre-condition for receiving more grace from the Lord. For the love of God is pure, chaste, holy. God commandeth mercy, liberality, pity, compassion; the world persuadeth cruelty, covetousness, hardness of heart, violence. 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Three challenging things James tells us that 'the Spirit that dwelleth in us is partly `` the of... Incidence of suicide among students in Singapore has increased to expect from Him His Father in full of. Intensity with which God abhors pride God himself exalt and promote you and effort the! Steps toward submitting ourselves to God: B which that UNSANCTIFIED friendship with world! Gomer and Christ and His bride the church I fear our friendship of the world Mailing..."> James > Chapter 4 > Verse 4 This leads us to the third command that comes in the latter part of v.8:C. Cleanse Your Hands and Purify Your HeartsThis means that you should repent of all your sins and confess them to God. In fact he says in v.3 that if we become friends with the world, we become guilty of the sin of spiritual adultery. James 4:4. 1. supplies of grace greater in force and volume than the strength of their depravity, or the temptations against which they have to contend. Thus if we are friends of the world, we would also be conformed to the world in our attitudes, thinking, lifestyle, interests, and values. The world is an evil world, alien in its principles and pursuits from the will and glory of God; and therefore "the friendship of the world" is incompatible with the love of him. Read full chapter In one sense, Christians are the greatest friends of the world, for they desire the good of all men, and seek their salvation. (James 4:4) "…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? If someone were to look at your life and values would he say that you are a friend of God, or would he say that you are a friend of the world? Let God direct you through reading His word. But v.6 informs us that God resists the proud. We can do that the way that our Lord Jesus did: He used God�s Word as His sword! He, by his Spirit, gives to his believing people "more grace," i.e. But the apostle appeals to their consciences to confess whether such a state of mind was not due to their walking "after the flesh' instead of "after the Spirit." Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word. It is to deny ourselves any claim to honour, power or glory, and to ascribe all these to God alone who deserves them. cf Rom. 3. You cannot but see how vastly it is below the nature and dignity of man, who was made and is fitted for much nobler enjoyments. Repentance changes our attitude to sin from disharmony with God to full harmony with God. James 4:4. Literally, he addresses … The benefits of decision are numerous and great. = - C.J. 3. The tenor of Scripture teaching. One way that you can tell if two people are very good friends is to carefully observe how much they are conformed to each other. This passive enjoyment, when rightly used and controlled and directed, may be the first step of a real ascent from nature to nature's God. (1) The character is at once dishonourable and disgraceful. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us []? (Ver. Jesus echoed this same promise in John 6:37 when He said that, 'him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" "The Word of God abideth in us." This passage from James was written in a very serious circumstance. I don't think I need to elaborate further on the world's pursuit of affluence and materialism, because it is so well known and evident to us all in our own land. This command is also accompanied with a wonderful promise 'and He shall lift you up.' He opposes the proud. CalvaryTruths.com ccTheHarvest.com Jesus loves you! We cannot have both. One verse that shows this clearly is Genesis 6:5-6 -- 'And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. By doing that you will find that God gives you more grace to to go on submitting yourself fully to Him. But still it is a world which no friend of God may love, whether in himself or in another. Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. He refuses to yield to the striving of the Holy Spirit, and strengthens the principles of depravity in his nature, and plunges still deeper into the abyss of sin and guilt. God is opposed to the fallen and idolatrous desire of the world B. Instead of trying to exalt and promote yourself as the world does, let God Himself exalt and promote you! E.g. But the world moveth us to filthy conversation, to defile ourselves with carnal lusts and all ungodliness. "He that is down needs fear no fall;He that is low no pride;He that is humble ever shallHave God to be his Guide."(Bunyan.) We can divide this passage into two parts. Many of the world's pursuits are based on pride - pride in one's wealth, health, intelligence, or accomplishments. When we make up our minds to love God and not love the world any more, God will give us more grace to resist the attractions of the world and to submit ourselves to Him. But, we need to understand (here James cites Proverbs 3:34) that God does not give grace to the proud, self-reliant, self-righteous person. The lovers of God are pure, unrebukable, blameless before Him in love, serving Him in spirit and in truth, but the servants of the world are corrupt, deceitful from the womb, defiled with sin, flattering God with their mouth, and dissembling with Him in their double tongue. Confess any sins that you are convicted of, and then humble yourself in His sight. Scripture: James 4:2. In hiding our opinions, and suffering men to go on in error and spiritual danger, that we may keep up their society. But the term means here that the twelve tribes of the dispersion served God and loved the brethren with a worldly attitude. All history echoes the truth that "he setteth himself in array against the proud." Then what have you done? True Repentance is characterised by two attitudes 1. You cannot but see how plainly this tends to wear away and utterly extirpate all sense and regard of God and religion out of our minds. We must therefore make up our mind to choose to love God and not the world. 2. The sacred writers with one consent take up an attitude of protest against worldliness. As long as we keep cherishing some desire to be friends with the world, we will not experience the grace of God to resist the world.One illustration may help us to understand this better: When the angels of God helped Lot and his family to escape from Sodom, they told the family not to look back. Preached at Life BPC 10:45am service, 2006-03-26, The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. And He will shed upon them the pure and gentle light of His own love, which will save you from the false friendship of the world, will cheer you under all its disappointments and deceits, and lead you through this world to another world, where all objects of Jove and friendship are pure as tie is pure, and Himself is visibly enthroned above them all. Let us impress upon our minds the intensity with which God abhors pride. Is He infinite greatness, and skill immeasurable by us, acting in ways so various and so beautiful that we are lost in the contemplation? Are there not many objects around us, and many arrangements of things whose very purpose and almost only effect is to foster those sinful propensities; schemes carefully devised for this very end; some in a more refined manner; some more coarsely; the former only the falser for their apparent refinement; the latter repulsive at first sight or embrace, gradually habituating the body and the soul to the very coarseness of their vice? When I was young I learned a song that goes like this: 'Folks around me are saying, Make money while you can. The word denotes the spirit and guiding disposition of the unbeliever's life - the will to "be a friend of the world." James 4:4-6 New International Version (NIV). Godly sorrow for sin. The substance of the Divine promises. The worldly disposition, which shows itself in covetousness and envy and strife, is opposed both to the letter and the spirit of Holy Scripture. As Psalm 107:9puts it, “For He has satisfied the thir… "Doth the Spirit [i.e. And, if the answer is sought in our own self-questionings, the question is wisely asked, and will find its answer more and more constantly. For who can estimate the power of the eye to receive pure and healthy impressions of truth and love, of gentleness and meekness, of self-denying simplicity, and of heaven-born purity? Repentance can be defined as: a change of mind that leads to a change of conduct. He will turn your mourning for sins into the joy of being forgiven. This is why the incidence of suicide among students in Singapore has increased. IV. He mourns and weeps over our sins. This command to resist the Devil is accompanied by a wonderful promise 'he will flee from you.' Our Relationship with God Excludes ItIn vv.4-6 James says that one simply cannot be a friend with the world and a friend of God at the same time. 3. But what the world does not disclose is the utter frustration of those who have spent all their lives pursuing wealth only to find that it does not give them the satisfaction and help that they really need.Now, most people living in the world today have somehow been mysteriously charmed by the world�s message of pursuing achievements, appearance and affluence and they are conformed to it, very much like the rats that were charmed by the tune of the Pied Piper. "The lust of the flesh"; when our ruling motive in the use of these things is to gratify the appetites and passions of the body, not to supply its necessities, not to keep it in health, and to fit it for its proper work. THE MANNER IN WHICH THAT UNSANCTIFIED FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD WHICH IS CONDEMNED IN THE TEXT MANIFESTS ITSELF. Surrender your will to Him. We’ve been looking at the letter of James, the brother of Jesus. Women have special need to take heed of worldly pleasures and lusts: "You adulterers and adulteresses.". 3. The process may be pushed forward for others, not for ourselves. Resist the Devil (7b)The first step is to resist the Devil. (2) When we love them more (though vastly short of God, our Saviour, our souls, our religion, and the spiritual rewards of it, if such a thing could possibly be supposed) than they in themselves really deserve to be beloved, and for other ends and purposes than God has designed them for; when we love them as our own, as bringing mighty delights with them, as being certain, permanent, durable goods. Keep your eyes firmly on the direction that God wants you to take. When form and colour and sound are results of pure and simple intellectual taste, and occasions of pure and simple intellectual enjoyment, is this a world of which we may be friends? But does it tend to bring us to Him, and to reveal Him to us? Here these friendships with the world which betray Christ are marked by two opprobrious characters. James 4:4 You adulteresses! 2. Resist the Devil! They think, 'If I can only reduce my waistline and improve my figure and posture, I will surely be loved and accepted.' Scripture: James 4:7. Dearly beloved, the world would like you to believe that great achievements are worth everything. If the Lord Wills Education for Exultation: Humbly Under God. i. “More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages.” (Hiebert) ii. Your part is to submit yourself to His work of transforming your conduct. (4) An enemy to the cause of God. James explores, not only this question, but the relationship of humility to the life of the Christian. Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? V.9 of our text brings this out 'Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.' Some who are not able to achieve or make the grade find that there is nothing more to live for. 2. The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. It robs God; prefers the creature to the Creator, shadows to substances, &c. It reflects upon God's honour and disparages His wisdom by perverting the designs of it. In 4:4 James quickly moves into our conflict with theLord. Ye adulterers and adulteresses Not who were literally such, but in a figurative and metaphorical sense: as he is an adulterer that removes his affections from his own wife, and sets them upon another woman; and she is an adulteress that loves not her husband, but places her love upon another man; so such men and women are adulterers and adulteresses, who, instead of loving God, … John Piper Jan 18, 1987 112 Shares Sermon. Thus many understand these expressions, because God himself represented his relation to the Jews as his people under the idea of a marriage, and because the prophets, in conformity to that idea, represented the idolatry of the Jews as adultery. A. Let us now turn our attention to:II. When God is pleased with the direction we have taken, He blesses us with the grace we need to keep us going in that direction. The rebuke for the condition (James 4:4–6) a. And not only bodily passions or desires. This means that the Holy Spirit of God yearns jealously for our full devotion to Him alone. If we are God's people, He is our God; and we have everything to expect from Him. 3. Stronger Jeans(optional): Study the term repentance. If that is the case, then it is time for you to come back to Him. 3. Now we come to the fourth and final step, which is given in v.10 - D. Humble yourself in the sight of the LordAccording to v.6 humbling ourselves is the pre-condition for receiving more grace from the Lord. For the love of God is pure, chaste, holy. God commandeth mercy, liberality, pity, compassion; the world persuadeth cruelty, covetousness, hardness of heart, violence. (1) When we love them more than we do God, our Saviour, religion, and our souls, or indeed with any degree of nearness or equality to them. He giveth more grace. resemble each other in the world is here condemned.! To do that day we go, we are at war within you Satan 'knocking... 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james 4:4 sermon

God is in conflict with the world system 1. Some are proud because of their social position, their status, rank or the office they hold. And God will not tolerate any rival to Himself. Well we must recognize that it is the Devil who often makes use of worldly values and attractions to make us fall into sin. But the important thing to note is that we must do our part to make a clear-cut commitment not to love the world anymore, but to love God alone. Here, too, is the same distinction. It is a state of the heart. And we must regard the sin of pride in the same way that God Himself regards it. Friendship and love, art and science and nature, all will discover Him when once you have found Him in yourself, and will bind you to Him more and more closely. The text has been edited and condensed by IHCC staff for use as a Bible Study aid. The blind sense of immeasurable greatness leads only to idolatry, to worship of visible or invisible creatures, or of the thoughts of our own hearts. FOR WHAT REASONS SUCH A FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD MUST NEEDS BE ENMITY WITH GOD. 3. Remember how he tempted Christ? James 4:4–5. The Bible becomes dull; prayer becomes irksome; and final apostasy is often the sad consequence of worldly compliances. James 4:4, KJV: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? But what precisely is this "friendship"? The Bible means what it says. This likens our relationship with God to a marriage relationship, where we are to be faithful to our relationship with God alone. 4. This right tendency may be more or less direct or indirect. Christians were quarreling; committing murder and adultery; living by lust, greed, and envy. It is this that is chiefly intended here. This is based on Exodus 20:5 which tells us that our God is a jealous God (in a good sense). But who and what is the God to whom we thus ascend? It is either one or the other. But, in another sense, viewing the world as a great conglomerate of … 2. And there are yet others who are proud because of all their past achievements and services they have rendered. POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE CALLED TO LOVE THE UNLOVABLE Friday was Valentines Day. John Piper Oct 17, 2012 66 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. Go for it!' 2. 2. 'Because of this, many have become very depressed and insecure because they feel that their outward appearance or image falls short of the world�s standards. How can we succeed? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." 1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? And their basic message is that you must get everything you can for yourself out of this life, so make yourself rich as quickly you can, and then make yourself look good and feel good and enjoy yourself. This matter is addressed in detail in James 4:4-10. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. What should you do when Satan comes 'knocking at your door'? II. It shows that as powerful as the Devil may be, we can effectively resist him and send him fleeing from us, with God's help. come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? CONCLUSION. James 4:4, NASB: "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? By not conforming to the world. Where is His place in it? Bible > James > Chapter 4 > Verse 4 This leads us to the third command that comes in the latter part of v.8:C. Cleanse Your Hands and Purify Your HeartsThis means that you should repent of all your sins and confess them to God. In fact he says in v.3 that if we become friends with the world, we become guilty of the sin of spiritual adultery. James 4:4. 1. supplies of grace greater in force and volume than the strength of their depravity, or the temptations against which they have to contend. Thus if we are friends of the world, we would also be conformed to the world in our attitudes, thinking, lifestyle, interests, and values. The world is an evil world, alien in its principles and pursuits from the will and glory of God; and therefore "the friendship of the world" is incompatible with the love of him. Read full chapter In one sense, Christians are the greatest friends of the world, for they desire the good of all men, and seek their salvation. (James 4:4) "…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? If someone were to look at your life and values would he say that you are a friend of God, or would he say that you are a friend of the world? Let God direct you through reading His word. But v.6 informs us that God resists the proud. We can do that the way that our Lord Jesus did: He used God�s Word as His sword! He, by his Spirit, gives to his believing people "more grace," i.e. But the apostle appeals to their consciences to confess whether such a state of mind was not due to their walking "after the flesh' instead of "after the Spirit." Look up both Old Testament and New Testament verses to see how they use the word. It is to deny ourselves any claim to honour, power or glory, and to ascribe all these to God alone who deserves them. cf Rom. 3. You cannot but see how vastly it is below the nature and dignity of man, who was made and is fitted for much nobler enjoyments. Repentance changes our attitude to sin from disharmony with God to full harmony with God. James 4:4. Literally, he addresses … The benefits of decision are numerous and great. = - C.J. 3. The tenor of Scripture teaching. One way that you can tell if two people are very good friends is to carefully observe how much they are conformed to each other. This passive enjoyment, when rightly used and controlled and directed, may be the first step of a real ascent from nature to nature's God. (1) The character is at once dishonourable and disgraceful. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us []? (Ver. Jesus echoed this same promise in John 6:37 when He said that, 'him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.' Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" "The Word of God abideth in us." This passage from James was written in a very serious circumstance. I don't think I need to elaborate further on the world's pursuit of affluence and materialism, because it is so well known and evident to us all in our own land. This command is also accompanied with a wonderful promise 'and He shall lift you up.' He opposes the proud. CalvaryTruths.com ccTheHarvest.com Jesus loves you! We cannot have both. One verse that shows this clearly is Genesis 6:5-6 -- 'And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. By doing that you will find that God gives you more grace to to go on submitting yourself fully to Him. But still it is a world which no friend of God may love, whether in himself or in another. Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. He refuses to yield to the striving of the Holy Spirit, and strengthens the principles of depravity in his nature, and plunges still deeper into the abyss of sin and guilt. God is opposed to the fallen and idolatrous desire of the world B. Instead of trying to exalt and promote yourself as the world does, let God Himself exalt and promote you! E.g. But the world moveth us to filthy conversation, to defile ourselves with carnal lusts and all ungodliness. "He that is down needs fear no fall;He that is low no pride;He that is humble ever shallHave God to be his Guide."(Bunyan.) We can divide this passage into two parts. Many of the world's pursuits are based on pride - pride in one's wealth, health, intelligence, or accomplishments. When we make up our minds to love God and not love the world any more, God will give us more grace to resist the attractions of the world and to submit ourselves to Him. But, we need to understand (here James cites Proverbs 3:34) that God does not give grace to the proud, self-reliant, self-righteous person. The lovers of God are pure, unrebukable, blameless before Him in love, serving Him in spirit and in truth, but the servants of the world are corrupt, deceitful from the womb, defiled with sin, flattering God with their mouth, and dissembling with Him in their double tongue. Confess any sins that you are convicted of, and then humble yourself in His sight. Scripture: James 4:2. In hiding our opinions, and suffering men to go on in error and spiritual danger, that we may keep up their society. But the term means here that the twelve tribes of the dispersion served God and loved the brethren with a worldly attitude. All history echoes the truth that "he setteth himself in array against the proud." Then what have you done? True Repentance is characterised by two attitudes 1. You cannot but see how plainly this tends to wear away and utterly extirpate all sense and regard of God and religion out of our minds. We must therefore make up our mind to choose to love God and not the world. 2. The sacred writers with one consent take up an attitude of protest against worldliness. As long as we keep cherishing some desire to be friends with the world, we will not experience the grace of God to resist the world.One illustration may help us to understand this better: When the angels of God helped Lot and his family to escape from Sodom, they told the family not to look back. Preached at Life BPC 10:45am service, 2006-03-26, The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. And He will shed upon them the pure and gentle light of His own love, which will save you from the false friendship of the world, will cheer you under all its disappointments and deceits, and lead you through this world to another world, where all objects of Jove and friendship are pure as tie is pure, and Himself is visibly enthroned above them all. Let us impress upon our minds the intensity with which God abhors pride. Is He infinite greatness, and skill immeasurable by us, acting in ways so various and so beautiful that we are lost in the contemplation? Are there not many objects around us, and many arrangements of things whose very purpose and almost only effect is to foster those sinful propensities; schemes carefully devised for this very end; some in a more refined manner; some more coarsely; the former only the falser for their apparent refinement; the latter repulsive at first sight or embrace, gradually habituating the body and the soul to the very coarseness of their vice? When I was young I learned a song that goes like this: 'Folks around me are saying, Make money while you can. The word denotes the spirit and guiding disposition of the unbeliever's life - the will to "be a friend of the world." James 4:4-6 New International Version (NIV). Godly sorrow for sin. The substance of the Divine promises. The worldly disposition, which shows itself in covetousness and envy and strife, is opposed both to the letter and the spirit of Holy Scripture. As Psalm 107:9puts it, “For He has satisfied the thir… "Doth the Spirit [i.e. And, if the answer is sought in our own self-questionings, the question is wisely asked, and will find its answer more and more constantly. For who can estimate the power of the eye to receive pure and healthy impressions of truth and love, of gentleness and meekness, of self-denying simplicity, and of heaven-born purity? Repentance can be defined as: a change of mind that leads to a change of conduct. He will turn your mourning for sins into the joy of being forgiven. This is why the incidence of suicide among students in Singapore has increased. IV. He mourns and weeps over our sins. This command to resist the Devil is accompanied by a wonderful promise 'he will flee from you.' Our Relationship with God Excludes ItIn vv.4-6 James says that one simply cannot be a friend with the world and a friend of God at the same time. 3. But what the world does not disclose is the utter frustration of those who have spent all their lives pursuing wealth only to find that it does not give them the satisfaction and help that they really need.Now, most people living in the world today have somehow been mysteriously charmed by the world�s message of pursuing achievements, appearance and affluence and they are conformed to it, very much like the rats that were charmed by the tune of the Pied Piper. "The lust of the flesh"; when our ruling motive in the use of these things is to gratify the appetites and passions of the body, not to supply its necessities, not to keep it in health, and to fit it for its proper work. THE MANNER IN WHICH THAT UNSANCTIFIED FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD WHICH IS CONDEMNED IN THE TEXT MANIFESTS ITSELF. Surrender your will to Him. We’ve been looking at the letter of James, the brother of Jesus. Women have special need to take heed of worldly pleasures and lusts: "You adulterers and adulteresses.". 3. The process may be pushed forward for others, not for ourselves. Resist the Devil (7b)The first step is to resist the Devil. (2) When we love them more (though vastly short of God, our Saviour, our souls, our religion, and the spiritual rewards of it, if such a thing could possibly be supposed) than they in themselves really deserve to be beloved, and for other ends and purposes than God has designed them for; when we love them as our own, as bringing mighty delights with them, as being certain, permanent, durable goods. Keep your eyes firmly on the direction that God wants you to take. When form and colour and sound are results of pure and simple intellectual taste, and occasions of pure and simple intellectual enjoyment, is this a world of which we may be friends? But does it tend to bring us to Him, and to reveal Him to us? Here these friendships with the world which betray Christ are marked by two opprobrious characters. James 4:4 You adulteresses! 2. Resist the Devil! They think, 'If I can only reduce my waistline and improve my figure and posture, I will surely be loved and accepted.' Scripture: James 4:7. Dearly beloved, the world would like you to believe that great achievements are worth everything. If the Lord Wills Education for Exultation: Humbly Under God. i. “More probably is the view that James was not citing a particular passage but summarizing the truth expressed in several Old Testament passages.” (Hiebert) ii. Your part is to submit yourself to His work of transforming your conduct. (4) An enemy to the cause of God. James explores, not only this question, but the relationship of humility to the life of the Christian. Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? V.9 of our text brings this out 'Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.' Some who are not able to achieve or make the grade find that there is nothing more to live for. 2. The topic of our message this morning is useful to all of us, because we live in a world that holds different values and goals from us. It robs God; prefers the creature to the Creator, shadows to substances, &c. It reflects upon God's honour and disparages His wisdom by perverting the designs of it. In 4:4 James quickly moves into our conflict with theLord. Ye adulterers and adulteresses Not who were literally such, but in a figurative and metaphorical sense: as he is an adulterer that removes his affections from his own wife, and sets them upon another woman; and she is an adulteress that loves not her husband, but places her love upon another man; so such men and women are adulterers and adulteresses, who, instead of loving God, … John Piper Jan 18, 1987 112 Shares Sermon. Thus many understand these expressions, because God himself represented his relation to the Jews as his people under the idea of a marriage, and because the prophets, in conformity to that idea, represented the idolatry of the Jews as adultery. A. Let us now turn our attention to:II. When God is pleased with the direction we have taken, He blesses us with the grace we need to keep us going in that direction. The rebuke for the condition (James 4:4–6) a. And not only bodily passions or desires. This means that the Holy Spirit of God yearns jealously for our full devotion to Him alone. If we are God's people, He is our God; and we have everything to expect from Him. 3. Stronger Jeans(optional): Study the term repentance. If that is the case, then it is time for you to come back to Him. 3. Now we come to the fourth and final step, which is given in v.10 - D. Humble yourself in the sight of the LordAccording to v.6 humbling ourselves is the pre-condition for receiving more grace from the Lord. For the love of God is pure, chaste, holy. God commandeth mercy, liberality, pity, compassion; the world persuadeth cruelty, covetousness, hardness of heart, violence. (1) When we love them more than we do God, our Saviour, religion, and our souls, or indeed with any degree of nearness or equality to them. He giveth more grace. resemble each other in the world is here condemned.! To do that day we go, we are at war within you Satan 'knocking... 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