JAMES 4

4 Outlines

 

James 4:1-4

SOURCES OF CONFLICT

 

There are many sources for conflict that make us very unhappy. These are the "wars and fightings among us".

 

DESIRE FOR WHAT IS NOT OF GOD - Vss. 1-2a - SENSUALITY (lusts)

 

DENIAL OF GOD'S POWER - Vs. 2b - STUPIDITY (We deny God's power when we fail to pray.)

 

DEVIATION FROM GOD'S PLAN - SELFISHNESS (When we do ask God for things we often ask for the wrong reasons.)

 

DIVISION FROM GOD - Vss. 4-5 - SEPARATION - (Love of the world separates us from God.)

 

 

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James 4:1-10

HANDLING DISCONTENT

 

We live in a world that is primarily full with discontented people. Even in church, there are many discontented people. We are discontented with our friends, our enemies, our jobs, our churches, our finances, our families etc.

 

As our text shows, the problem of discontent is not new. The church in James' day also faced it. James addresses discontent in our text.

 

FRUSTRATIONS OF SELFISHNESS Vss. 1-2a

 

FAILURE IN PRAYER Vss. 2b-3

 

FLIRTATION WITH THE WORLD Vs. 4

 

FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE Vss. 6-10

How do we once again become contented?

Grace Through Humility Vs. 6

Submission Vs. 7

Repentance Vss. 8-10

 

 

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James 4:1-10

A SPRITUAL CLINIC

 

There are all sorts of "clinics" available today to meet medical needs. There are medical clinics, eye clinics, dental clinics, psychiatric clinics and a host of other clinics. They specialize on particular physical needs.

 

In James 4:1-10 God is giving to us a Spiritual clinic. He's helping us see what some of our Spiritual problems are and how to fix them.

 

OUR MAJOR SOURCE OF CONFLICT IS OUR LUSTS - Vss. 1-2

 

OUR MAJOR LACK OF CONTENTMENT IS DUE TO IMPROPER PRAYER LIVES - Vss. 2-3

 

OUR MAJOR LACK OF COMMUNION WITH GOD IS DUE TO SPIRITUAL ADULTERY - Vss. 4-5

 

OUR MAJOR MEANS OF CORRECTION IS HUMBLE REPENTANCE - Vss. 6-10

 

 

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James 4:11-5:6

ARROGANCE!

 

Nobody should want to be arrogant. A person who is arrogant is showing off a tremendous amount of pride. How do we know when we are being arrogant?

 

WE ARE ARROGANT WHEN WE PRONOUNCE JUDGMENT ON OTHERS - Vss. 11-12

The kind of judgment referred to here is speaking evil of another person.

A person who speaks evil of another is taking judgment into his own hands. Matthew 7:1-5

 

WE ARE ARROGANT WHEN WE PLAN WITHOUT CONSIDERING GOD - Vss. 13-17

The arrogant person boasts of what he or she is going to do. God is not considered as having any influence in the arrogant person's plans.

 

WE ARE ARROGANT WHEN WE PRACTICE MISTREATMENT OF OTHERS - Vss. 1-6

Many rich people have arrogantly treated poor people.

Although we may not have been guilty of the exact infraction mentioned here, we must remember that we are to treat others the way we want to be treated. Matthew 7:12, Ephesians 4:30-32

When we do not treat people properly, we are being arrogant, thinking ourselves better than they!

 

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