Topic: Sunday Message Verse: James 4:1–4:6, James 4:7–4:10,
Some of the most memorable moments in movies and books are when the unexpected happens. These moments take our breath away, and leave us in a state of shock. These small surprises can significantly shift these stories into new, interesting, and even dark places. What if there were things in our lives that seemed small but that could surprisingly shift our stories?
Plot Twist: A radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot of a novel, film, television series, comic, or other work of narrative.
"At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Chrisian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy." - C.J. Mahaney
James 4:1-6 NIV
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proudbut shows favor to the humble.”
God doesn't help those who help themselves
God helps those who HUMBLE themselves
James 4:7-10 NIV
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
"How to" of Humility
1. Line Up on God's Side
2. Resist the Lies of the evil one
3. Approach God in Repentance
Pride Paralyzes us...
HUMILITY heals us
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