Dryness Through Duty – Part 3
October 10, 2010
INTRODUCTION: A devotion from L.B. Cowman from Sept. 7th
Psalms 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble."
"Why didn’t God help me sooner?" This is a question that
is often asked, but it is not His will to act on your schedule.
He desires to change you through the trouble and causes
you to learn a lesson from it. He has promised, "I will be
with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him."
(Psalms 91:15) He will be with you in trouble all day and
through the night. Afterward, He will take you out of it, but not until you have stopped being restless and worried over it and have become calm and quiet. Then He will say,"It is enough."
"God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons.
Difficulties are intended to educate us, and when their good
work is done, a glorious reward will become ours through
them. There is a sweet joy and a real value in difficulties,
for He regards them not as difficulties but as opportunities."
Not always out of our troubled times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But in, deeper in, to our sure rest
The place of our peace in Him.
Annie Johnson Flint
I. COMMENCES WITH A CONTRAST. 6
A. THE LORD WILL RESIST THE PROUD.
B. THE LORD WILL ASSIST THE HUMBLE.
II. CONTINUES WITH COMMANDS. 7–9
In v.7–10 James uses 10 imperatives; some positive and some negative, all middle voice. All call for immediate response; in a forceful and demanding way they call for action.
These 10 imperatives are an antidote to work against the every present disease – pride. These could be considered as "pills" that could lead to healing. They are prerequisites to "greater grace."
A. CONSECRATION. 7–8a
1. Submit. 7
Passive form indicates the submission to it be voluntary. Submission is not the same as obedience; instead, it is the surrender of one’s will, w ...
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