Prepare Ahead: Be sure to have enough candies for your children. Invincible armour (Ephesians 6:10-18).III. In the next place, we must resist Satan clad in the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11, 13). (2)Past experience. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. He has the universe as the witness to his conduct. We urge it from a consideration of the greatness and goodness of the Being to whom you are called to submit. James 4:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 4:7, NIV: "Submit yourselves, then, to God.Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." "I tell him," replied the boy, "whether I am a Christian or not is none of his business. )The Christian championA. Now, though in many things ye should be as the oak and not as the rush, yet in this thing be ye as the bulrush and be moved by the slightest breathing of the Spirit of God. Four Seasons of Life – Part 2 Fall Scripture: James 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 This is part two of my series the “Four Season of Life.” Last week I talked about our spiritual winters and this morning we will be examining our spiritual fall. If the sanctified are said to be "filled with the Holy Ghost," "why," said Peter to Ananias, "hath Satan filled thy heart?" Wardlaw, D. D.1. His decision is his decision, and against God, in whom all which is assailable by vice finds expression. The most effectual resistance we can make to him, therefore, is a constant and strenuous opposition to these — whichsoever of them we are conscious, from our experience, have most power within us. The worst man that lives has his better moments, the most careless has some serious thoughts: there are lucid intervals in the madness of carnal pleasure. cf 1 Jn. 1. The more arduous are as truly matters of obligation as the more easy duties. Tried weapons. No one is compelled to sin. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. A. The current we stand in is deep, swift, and hissing; and who of us, at times, is not swayed and staggered by it? And, among other reasons for so doing, I will mention, first, this — our ability to do it. (1) when we pray, for prayer is just the converse of the soul with God; (2) when our deepest soul-longings go out towards him, who alone can be our Portion; and. He applies his temptations to those lusts and passions of the old nature which remain in us, and especially to those which, by the study of our character, he knows to be the strongest, and most apt to yield — those which "most easily beset us." Only "resist evil," only stand firm, only try, and whatever of good you in your better moments crave will come to you, and abide with you, as the light of the sun to-day comes to the earth, elicting its manifold fruitage, and illuminating it from pole to pole. If we would be saved there must be submission to the Lord as to all His teachings; a very necessary point in this age, for a multitude of persons, who appear to be religious, judge the Scriptures instead of allowing the Scriptures to judge them. If the sanctified are said to be "filled with the Holy Ghost," "why," said Peter to Ananias, "hath Satan filled thy heart?" And, as his temptations are often sudden — meant to take us at unawares — this vigilance over our own hearts must be constant and unremitting — "lest he find us off our guard."3. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 1. Moreover, submit yourselves to God, since He has, perhaps, already sent His messengers in sterner shapes to you. This promise implies final flight (Romans 16:20). We do make headway. 1. W. Shape, M. A.The enemy who meets me fairly on the field of battle is very different from the assassin who steals upon me in the dark, when unprepared, to rob me of my life. The contest, as waged by every man and woman against evil, is no longer a heavy, dragging spiritless contest, but a brave and hopeful one. Confess the indictment to be true, for true it is, and to deny it is to seal your doom. II. You are provided with armour before which he must flee. Keep not silence. Yield thyself, next, to thy conscience. But there is no reason why, by care and effort — a careful placing of the feet, and keeping our powers well collected — we cannot make headway against it. James 4:7. Mark again, the armour must be put on; it is not Rive us to look at, but to use. If the sanctified are said to be "filled with the Holy Ghost," "why," said Peter to Ananias, "hath Satan filled thy heart?" The photographer's plates are rendered sensitive by a peculiar process: you shall take another sheet of glass and your friend shall stand before it as long as ever he likes, and there will be no impression produced, at least none which will be visible to the eye; but the sensitive plate will reveal every little wrinkle of the face and perpetuate every hair of the head. You tell me that you have been anxious about your soul for some time, but have made no headway. The resistance must be made in the strength of God.(R. Psalm 1 – A Few of My Favorite Things – Planted by the Word. "No," replied he, "but I am as well satisfied as if I could see ten thousand; God's will is the very perfection of all reason. Has long studied human nature, and practised the art of deceiving mankind.II. )Resist the devilR. Quit dabbling in sin. It brings him out into the foreground as an agent. Call in all your allies. And, among other reasons for so doing, I will mention, first, this — our ability to do it. Only "resist evil," only stand firm, only try, and whatever of good you in your better moments crave will come to you, and abide with you, as the light of the sun to-day comes to the earth, elicting its manifold fruitage, and illuminating it from pole to pole. A. )Yielding ourselves up to GodHere is a physician who has for months been tracing an obscure disease, from which he has been suffering, to its secret cause. Does this imply that it is not God but man himself who takes the initiative and the lead in the matter? If James left us here this would be a miserable message: the tongue is a deadly poison that no man can stop. C. Lees, D. D.In an old tower on the Continent they show you, graven again and again on the stones of one of the dungeons, the word "Resist." (1)Word of God. Out of this thought comes also what might be called the hopefulness of morality. "Therefore you will be damned." It represents the highest form of courage which to them is possible — the power to say "No" to every form of temptation.(J. Between this and some other course there is no election; you must fight, or die. Drawing Near to God 6 But He gives us more grace. The Light that has come into the world, and shined upon so many hearts, is quickening the germinal capacities of man for virtue. H. H. Murray.Nothing is more plainly taught in the Scriptures than that men are exposed to Satanic influence. These are set forth in the body of the passage (vers. "Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness," or humiliation. In our times of sorrow we must not challenge God's sovereignty, or impugn his justice, or arraign his wisdom, or distrust his love. All other resistance is utterly vain: we have no power in ourselves. The answer is, that such is only a representation of it upon one side. Scripture: James 4:7. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others? said I; one thing at a time; I am a great sinner, it is true, though you have no right to tell me it. If God "worketh in Christians to will and to do," Satan is the" spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience." "Well, what do you say?" 3. You are in a hopeless position; God Himself cannot meet you upon that ground, for He cannot admit that the law is unrighteous and its penalty too heavy. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Let us next observe that our text bears a second meaning, namely, that of submission to the Divine will — that of course would strike you in the wording of the verse, "Submit yourselves therefore to God." 'Stop! Yes, but if you truly trust Christ your first effort will be to fight against the evil habit. It is true I am a great sinner, but it is written, "Jesus Christ came to save sinners"; therefore I shall be saved! But again: the wisdom of this injunction, "Resist the devil," is seen when you reflect that in resistance, and resistance alone, is safety. 4. 3. "I tell him," replied the boy, "whether I am a Christian or not is none of his business. So I cut the devil off with his own sword, and he went away mourning because he could not cast me down by calling me a sinner. Man must submit himself to God as the Lawgiver. "Answer to the devilNew Cycle. His decision is his decision, and against God, in whom all which is assailable by vice finds expression. And, as his temptations are often sudden — meant to take us at unawares — this vigilance over our own hearts must be constant and unremitting — "lest he find us off our guard."3. (1) Now the devil is sundry ways resisted of men, first by faith in Jesus Christ, wherewith we are armed, stand fast without wavering, and thereby resist the assaults of Satan. 2. Quit playing the field. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get o In the next place, we must resist the devil constantly; because he is unceasing in his assaults, we are never safe from him, no, not for an instant, under any circumstances or in any place.3. 1. Not everybody who grows old, grows up; there is a vast difference between age and maturity 2. This is the being, then, whom we are commanded to resist.1. The law is holy, and just, and good. This promise implies final flight (Romans 16:20). The earth has no fatal fear, and no insupportable sorrow in it after you have come to this; you are free in a boundless liberty, strong in immortal strength, and at peace in a peace too deep for the understanding to explain, or any sufferings to disturb.(Bp. Presently we waken up to the first glad consciousness of faith, to the joy of surrender, to the dawning realisation of a new life — begotten to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.Resist the devil, and he will flee.The right warfareHomilist.I. 2. A Christian's life is no easy one.2. But constant resistance, while it strengthens the Christian, weakens the adversary.2. Out of this thought comes also what might be called the hopefulness of morality. I confess it. To live ignobly is, therefore, to live unworthy of your clearest possibilities. )The Christian championA. To submit to God is to find rest. 2. But if he detects the least fear in his pursuer's movements, he will defend himself with great bravery. The same way with old Satan: he tempts us by first placing some trivial thing in our path; and if we offer no resistance, he suddenly attacks us with all his force, and overcomes us.LinksJames 4:7 NIVJames 4:7 NLTJames 4:7 ESVJames 4:7 NASBJames 4:7 KJVJames 4:7 Bible AppsJames 4:7 ParallelJames 4:7 Biblia ParalelaJames 4:7 Chinese BibleJames 4:7 French BibleJames 4:7 German BibleJames 4:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (1)Word of God. The assurance, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you," is a blessed and needed one. We may object; we may try to find excuses for disobedience, but till we thus unreservedly submit to God, He will treat us as rebels against His authority. 4. Inflame the evil desires of the soul. A Christian's life is a most blessed one.(R. "Resist" — not dispute. Obedience to his law. This is the being, then, whom we are commanded to resist.1. (1)Be sober. A church had a new minister and it was quite clear that his teaching was making an impact on the congregation. A heavenly panoply is provided for us, and no other can enable us to conquer. "(New Cycle. NBA Social justice messages each NBA player is wearing on his jersey. Wardlaw, D. D.1. W. Shape, M. A.The enemy who meets me fairly on the field of battle is very different from the assassin who steals upon me in the dark, when unprepared, to rob me of my life. The contest, as waged by every man and woman against evil, is no longer a heavy, dragging spiritless contest, but a brave and hopeful one. 1. The waters behind are white with the freshening breeze; and the purposes of God, like a mighty wind, will put an increasing pressure upon the sails, and blow them grandly along. THE FIGHT. All other resistance is utterly vain: we have no power in ourselves.4. We are to submit to God with respect to His providential dispensations towards us. James general resources. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Invincible armour (Ephesians 6:10-18).III. Abraham is called the friend of God in 2:23. It is a word that needs to be engraven on every young man and young woman's heart. "Oh," saith one, "I cannot give up an inveterate habit." The same way with old Satan: he tempts us by first placing some trivial thing in our path; and if we offer no resistance, he suddenly attacks us with all his force, and overcomes us.LinksJames 4:7 NIVJames 4:7 NLTJames 4:7 ESVJames 4:7 NASBJames 4:7 KJVJames 4:7 Bible AppsJames 4:7 ParallelJames 4:7 Biblia ParalelaJames 4:7 Chinese BibleJames 4:7 French BibleJames 4:7 German BibleJames 4:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Be united. "I tell him," replied the boy, "whether I am a Christian or not is none of his business. This is a rational and sober-minded process right through. II. Pride, anger, love of pleasure, incapacitate the soul for this warfare. only from heaven.5. It means, first, exercise humility. Yet once more, we must resist the devil watchfully and prayerfully. Tried weapons. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Lessons: 2. The thought that you can succeed in keeping your hand and heart clean is a constant inspiration to persevere. We urge it from a consideration of the punishment which inevitably follows the crime of non-submission to God. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. If repulsed a hundred times, he tries again. The … The authoritative message of Scripture (James 4:5a) c. The divine response to the worldly (James 4:5b–6) (1) The yearning of the Spirit (James 4:5b–6a) (2) The verification from Scripture (James 4:6b) B. The Epistle Of James Introduction To The Epistle INTRODUCTION 1. Only "resist evil," only stand firm, only try, and whatever of good you in your better moments crave will come to you, and abide with you, as the light of the sun to-day comes to the earth, elicting its manifold fruitage, and illuminating it from pole to pole. His decision is his decision, and against God, in whom all which is assailable by vice finds expression. "Be subject" to the Captain of your salvation, as a good soldier is to his commander. "Well, what do you say?" The exhortation to the worldly (James 4:7–12) 1. You are commanded by a leader before whom he must flee.(Homilist. But there is no reason why, by care and effort — a careful placing of the feet, and keeping our powers well collected — we cannot make headway against it. (Vers. If repulsed a hundred times, he tries again.3. Griffin. Murray. )Submission to GodIt is no less our interest than our duty to keep the mind in an habitual frame of submission. )Temptation sometimes subtleJeremy Taylor, D. D.If any temptation to spoil your purposes happens in a religious duty, do not presently omit the action, but rather strive to rectify your intention and to mortify the temptation. That is not good reasoning. As a fleet of great merchant-men, impelled by the steady trade winds — their yards like bars of gold, their ropes like lines of ruby — go sailing at morning towards the east and the rising sun; so the race, in all its powers and motives, will be grandly luminous as it moves on into the light of the millennium. (5) You must also surrender yourself at discretion to His method of operating upon you. Man must "submit himself to God" as the God of providence. H. H. I wish each of you, in whatever you may purpose of evil, to feel this. Invincible armour (Ephesians 6:10-18).III. stop!' He has the universe as the witness to his conduct. of Illustrations. Remember, God has other messengers whom He will send if these loving ones do not suffice. How do the following verses compare with James’ message in this part of his letter? Nor shall any man who truly seeks God seek him in vain. The race is slowly but surely forging ahead. )Resist the devilR. RCL: Roman : Episcopal: Lutheran: United Methodist: James 1:17-27: Proper 17/ Ordinary 22B: Proper 17/ Ordinary 22B: Thanksgiving A. 1. But there is no reason why, by care and effort — a careful placing of the feet, and keeping our powers well collected — we cannot make headway against it. But the submission particularly intended here, has respect to the discipline of God. "Christian submissionPaley.Few things are easier than to perceive, to extol the goodness of God, the bounty of Providence, the beauties of nature, when all things go well, when our health, our spirits, our circumstances, conspire to fill our hearts with gladness, and our tongues with praise. It was displayed by Aaron who held his peace when his two sons fell in death, judicially smitten down by the righteous decree of God. "A day that will go down as a … And then let it always be known that submission to God is absolutely necessary to salvation. If God "worketh in Christians to will and to do," Satan is the" spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience." Be willing to accept whatever God appoints. He thinks the School of Self-Awareness founder is … It is said that a Protestant woman was kept in that hideous place for forty years, and during all that time her employment was in graving with a piece of iron, for any one who might come after her, that word. The one exhortation is substantially the same as the other. When you cease trying to serve two masters, and submit yourselves unto God, He will bless you, but not till then. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." This resistance must extend to all the variety of his temptations. In this life, he flees only to rally his forces and return. It will go well with you when you make a full capitulation, an unconditional surrender. A Christian's life is no easy one.2. If repulsed a hundred times, he tries again.3. Submit yourselves to God in His providential dispensations. The resistance must be made in the strength of God.(R. The exhortation to the worldly (James 4:7–12) 1. (1)Word of God. In the next place, we must resist the devil "strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might." We are to submit to His commands. Be not so foolish as to provoke Him so to do. A Christian's life is no easy one.2. You are associated with allies before whom he must flee. A. We have celebrated God's forgiving love. All other resistance is utterly vain: we have no power in ourselves.4. He has the universe as the witness to his conduct. (James 4:11-12; Matthew 7:1-6) Now, this is one of those trickier parts of Scripture, because on the face of it it seems to contradict itself, but it doesn't. THE FOE.1. The resistance must be made in the strength of God.(R. 1. James 4:1-10 James 4:7-10 "Ten Commandments for Repentance" Introduction We have had the great privilege of celebrating the Lord's Supper today. Murray. General orders. The Divine Word, firmly believed and wisely applied, is invincible. 3. St. Bernard taught us this rule: for when the devil, observing him to preach excellently, and to do much benefit to his hearers, tempted him to vain-glory, hoping that the good man to avoid that would cease preaching, he gave this answer only, "I neither began for thee, neither for thee will I make an end. James 4:7-10 MSG. (2)Past experience. 3. Reading the Text: NRSV (with link to Anglicized NRSV) at Oremus Bible Browser. That is not good reasoning. He cheerfully puts himself into the hand of others; suffers them to reduce him to unconsciousness; leaves himself entirely in their hands; and by and by he wakens up to find, by means he had no consciousness of, the obstacle removed, and his way open to returning health. W. Shape, M. A.The enemy who meets me fairly on the field of battle is very different from the assassin who steals upon me in the dark, when unprepared, to rob me of my life. But if he detects the least fear in his pursuer's movements, he will defend himself with great bravery. Filter The Archives: Wordpress Meta Data and Taxonomies Filter Post navigation. only from heaven.5. Invincible armour (Ephesians 6:10-18).III. His malice. His malice. Can a mortal hand grasp the globe in its palm? We must submit, because we can make no resistance to any of His appointments. We shall be willing that God should reign over us and rule within us. To THE PEOPLE OF GOD, "Submit yourselves unto God." stop!' Scripture: James 4:7. What! Sorry, we only have a partial recording of this message. Mark again, the armour must be put on; it is not Rive us to look at, but to use. South.)ResistJ. St. Bernard taught us this rule: for when the devil, observing him to preach excellently, and to do much benefit to his hearers, tempted him to vain-glory, hoping that the good man to avoid that would cease preaching, he gave this answer only, "I neither began for thee, neither for thee will I make an end. I know persons who have a quarrel with God. Murray. This exciting series covers topics such as … He will soon send thee a sterner summons. Dec 06, 2020. He applies his temptations to those lusts and passions of the old nature which remain in us, and especially to those which, by the study of our character, he knows to be the strongest, and most apt to yield — those which "most easily beset us." As a fleet of great merchant-men, impelled by the steady trade winds — their yards like bars of gold, their ropes like lines of ruby — go sailing at morning towards the east and the rising sun; so the race, in all its powers and motives, will be grandly luminous as it moves on into the light of the millennium. THE GROUNDS ON WHICH THE DUTY OF SUBMISSION IS COMMENDED AND REQUIRED. "Answer to the devilNew Cycle. The call to return to God (James 4:7–10) a. 1. Mark again, whence is this armour to be obtained? What next? Those who are still wrathful, proud, contentious, and selfish, are evidently unsubdued. Love of the world. Wardlaw, D. D.)The devil put to flightLuther says: "Once upon a time the devil said to me, 'Martin Luther, you are a great sinner, and you will be damned!' It is true I am a great sinner, but it is written, "Jesus Christ came to save sinners"; therefore I shall be saved! Let sin weigh heavily upon you, making you sad, miserable in spirit. The current we stand in is deep, swift, and hissing; and who of us, at times, is not swayed and staggered by it? Only "resist evil," only stand firm, only try, and whatever of good you in your better moments crave will come to you, and abide with you, as the light of the sun to-day comes to the earth, elicting its manifold fruitage, and illuminating it from pole to pole. His decision is his decision, and against God, in whom all which is assailable by vice finds expression. THE DUTY OF SUBMISSION TO GOD. "And He shall lift you up." Now Satan is the assassin, and not the open enemy; how, then, is he to be resisted?1. Matthew 5:21-26 – Raising the Bar. God also sends many messengers. 1. We must beware of resisting him in one or more, and making this a kind of compensation for yielding to him in others.2. I. I think I am not suspicious without reason when I express a fear that the preaching which has lately been very common, and in some respects very useful, of "only believe and you shall be saved," has sometimes been altogether mistaken by those who have heard it. (3)Earnest prayer.3. of Illustrations. It was exhibited in the placid spirit of the sorrow-smitten David, when, amidst the cursings of Shimei who was a ringleader in the conspiracy of Absolom, he said to his faithful servant Abishai — "Let him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord hath bidden him." (3)Be united. To live ignobly is, therefore, to live unworthy of your clearest possibilities. The race is slowly but surely forging ahead. Murray. Griffin. The race is slowly but surely forging ahead. We urge it on the ground of relationship and obligation. Mark it well, it is not a part, but the whole armour which is to be put on; not one part of that armour must be missing, or we at once expose a point of attack to our adversary. It brings him out into the foreground as an agent. Upon the edge of this terrible ability to resist God plant yourself, and behold the abyss at your feet.2. Acceptance of his dealings in providence. And, among other reasons for so doing, I will mention, first, this — our ability to do it. Now Satan is the assassin, and not the open enemy; how, then, is he to be resisted?1. cf Rom. The statement of the basic demand (James 4:7) Yea, your life shall be like a globe belted and zoned with expressions of life; and never shall there be an hour when some portion of it shall not be in flower and fruitfulness.3. 3. Get serious, really serious. We can resist evil. But constant resistance, while it strengthens the Christian, weakens the adversary.2. "Christian submissionPaley.Few things are easier than to perceive, to extol the goodness of God, the bounty of Providence, the beauties of nature, when all things go well, when our health, our spirits, our circumstances, conspire to fill our hearts with gladness, and our tongues with praise. Now, it is generally in this matter of submission that the stumbling-block lies in the way of souls when seeking peace with God. The term literally signifies the casting down of the eyes, which is indicative of dejection or shame. Can they do this? 4. Now go your way.' His policy. 3. Get serious, really serious. 3. Scripture: James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God.” Focus: When we trust God and give Him our all He blesses and cares us. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. At last the cause is plain. James 4:7-8 stresses the need to draw close to God. The current we stand in is deep, swift, and hissing; and who of us, at times, is not swayed and staggered by it? 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