Posted by: Pastor | April 3, 2009

SEVEN STEPS TO MORE GRACE.

TITLE: SEVEN STEPS TO MORE GRACE.

TEXT: James 4:4-10

Jame 4:4 (KJV) 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. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

INTRODUCTION:

We should desire more grace (v. 6). The text gives seven areas for our advancement in grace. GRACE IS UNMERITED–however, it can be hindered.

I. SIN MUST BE CONFESSED v. 4

Sin separates, sullies, subdues

II. SENSITIVITY TO THE SPIRIT. v 5

A. Sensitive to the . . Design of the Spirit in Scripture. v 5 a

B. Sensitive to the . . Desire of the Spirit. v 5 b

C. Sensitive to the . . Dwelling of the Spirit. v 5 c

III. SUBMISSION TO THE FATHER vv 6-7 a

A. Submission to the Father . . Recognize the Opposition of God. v 6 a

B. Submission to the Father . . Recognize the Openess of God. v 6 b

Strong’s # 5293 hupotasso (hoop-ot-as’-so); from 5259 and 5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey: “Not my will…”

IV. STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL. v 7 b

A The . . Command. v 7 b “. . . Resist the devil . . . ” v 7 b

B. The . . Covenant. v 7 b “. . . and he will flee from you. ” v 7 b

RESIST

Strong’s # 436 anthistemi (anth-is’-tay-mee); from 473 and 2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose:

V. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD. v 8

{8} Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

A. Separation from the world through . . Nearness to God. v 8 a

DRAW NEAR Strong’s # 1448 eggizo (eng-id’-zo); from 1451; to make near, i.e. (reflexively) approach:

B. Separation from the world through a . . Cleansing. v 8

CLEANSE – INWARD Strong’s # 2511 katharizo (kath-ar-id’-zo); from 2513; to cleanse (literally or figuratively):

C. Separation from the world through a . . Outward Cleansing. v 8 a

PURIFY – OUTWARD Strong’s # 48 hagnizo (hag-nid’-zo); from 53; to make clean, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally)

VI. SERIOUSNESS IN PURPOSE. v 9-10

{9} Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom.

VII. SERVE HUMBLY

10} Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

IF you do these Seven things–God has promised MORE GRACE!

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