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Knowing and Doing the Right Thing
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
It is good to be back with you after having been gone a week. I want to pick back up were we left off in this sermon series and that is with cleansing and purifying our lives and secondly becoming humble before the Lord our God.
As we studied in James 4:7-10 in order for us to get near God we have to do two things.
1. Cleanse our hands – which is to clean our lives externally.
2. Purify our hearts – which is to purify our thoughts and feelings on the inside.
The cleanliness of our lives and the purity of our thoughts both stem from our heart condition. If our heart is proud and self-seeking then our internal and external lives are going to be riddled with sin and pride and personal ambition.
On the other hand if our heart is humble and submissive then our internal and external lives are going to be lived out in seeking God and His will and our ambition will be for the kingdom of God.
I believe that is why James ended with our heart condition as the key to Gods favor and friendship.
James 4:10 (NASB95)
"10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you."
God tells us in our passage today what He will not accept from us. God desires humble servants and so He makes it clear in our text the kind of people He will reject and not exalt. So let's get into our text today and look at what God is saying here.
I. Self Exaltation
The first thing we can know is that God's desire is to exalt those who are humble because we have just read about it in verse 10. However, this also means that God will not exalt those who are not humble and are trying to exalt themselves. So the first thing we see James writing is this next verse which is the most common way people tend to exalt themselves.
James 4:11 (NASB95)
"11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his b ...
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