Sunday, March 06, 2011

James 4:1-10

The LORD gave me the opportunity to reflect on this passage for a while this morning. Being a great offender in this regard, it is timely for me to take the whole import of it under consideration. Humility is not weakness. It is a strength rewarded by the grace of God. Blustery indignation is a weakness contrary to the outward flexing and puffing up of the carnal man and it stifles the work of God in a believers life. Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and He shall lift you up, the Apostle states.

" ¶ From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 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. 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? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 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. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (Jas 4:1-10 AV)