Hold Fast (Wk 4)

James 4:1–3 (ESV)
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
  • HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE.
James 4:6–8 (ESV)
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • PRIDE INCITES OPPOSITION.
  • HUMILITY RECEIVES GRACE.
James 4:10 (ESV)
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
  • HUMILITY BRINGS PROMOTION
James 4:11–12 (ESV)
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, He who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
James 5:9 (ESV)
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
James 5:16 (ESV)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
James 5:19–20 (ESV)
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,
20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
  • SAVED PEOPLE SAVE PEOPLE.
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