by Steve Wagers

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Who Died and Made You God? (15 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
James 4:11-12
July 24, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. A Love that is Disregarded!
A. A Commandment that is Shown!
B. A Condemnation that is Seen!
2. A Law that is Disobeyed!
A. An Abusive Violation!
B. An Attempted Vindication!
3. A Lord that is Dishonored!
A. We Dishonor His Authority as Judge!
B. We Dishonor His Ability to Judge!

1. F. B. Meyer said, "When we judge someone, for what appears to be, there are some things we presume, but we do not know. First, we know not the hardships they have dealt with, the power of the forces that have assailed them; or, what we would do in the same circumstances."

2. In his book, Illustrations of Bible Truths, H. A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He told the story of a well-known bishop, who was sailing to Europe on a great transatlantic ocean liner. When he went on board, he found that he was to share his cabin with another passenger. After going to see his accommodations, he went to the pursuer's desk to ask if he could leave his gold watch, and other valuables, in the ship's safe.

3. He explained that ordinarily he would not ask to do this; but, he had been to the cabin, and met the man with whom he was staying. Judging by his appearance, the bishop was afraid that the man could not be trusted. The purser accepted the valuables, and said, "It's all right bishop. I'll be glad to take care of them for you. Besides, the other man has just been here, and he has left his valuables for the same reason."

4. One of the major themes of the book of James is the use, or misuse of the tongue. In James 3: 8, James called the tongue "an unruly evil, full of deadly poison," and it is something that "no man can tame."

5. You see, throughout his epistle, James has demonstrated that one of the marks of spiritual maturity is the proper use of the tongue. A mature believer never uses his ...

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