The Test of Faith - Grace to the Humble, Part 2
Passage: James 4:4–4:6
James gives us a picture of how we are to live the Christian life. The significance of today’s text is that while James describes the struggle, he also directs our attention to our hope.
1A. GOD RESISTS THE PROUD
1B. The Attitude of Pride (Romans 12:3; Isaiah 14:12-14)
The word translated proud points to one’s conscious effort to appear conspicuously above others.
2B. The Activities of Pride
1C. Discord (4:1a, Galatians 5:13)
2C. Dissatisfaction (4:1b-2; Hebrews 3:13-15; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 John 4:10)
3C. Disloyalty (4:4-5; Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; Psalms 16:5-11)
2A. GOD GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE
Greater than the bounty of sin in us is the bounty of God’s grace in Christ. There is more grace in Christ than sin in us.
1B. The Attitude of Humility
Humility is an attitude of heart whereby we see ourselves accurately in light of God and His Word and confess our sinfulness and weakness.
1C. Begin each day acknowledging your dependence upon and your need of God.
2C. Begin each day expressing your gratitude to God.
3C. Practice the spiritual disciplines of the Word of God and prayer.
4C. Casting all your cares upon Him.
2B. The Activities of Humility
1C. Harmony (Philippians 2:2-4)
2C. Contentment (1 Timothy 6:3-12)
3C. Ministry (Matthew 23:11-12)
“He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the LORD require of you? But to do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with Your God.” Micah 6:8