by Michael Romero

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Friends of God
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
Michael Romero
James 4:7-10


If you will remember from last weeks sermon we talked about what it takes to be a friend of God. In order to live a Christian life in today's world we cannot cling to the world or we make ourselves an enemy with God. In today's text James continues to talk about specifics of what to do to cure this disease called worldliness.

We ended last week's sermon with this verse,

James 4:6 (NASB95)
6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."

In order for us to ensure that God is not against us we must reject pride and choose to humble ourselves before God. Otherwise, there is not chance of friendship between us and God.

You might think that this is unfair that I either do this or else. I am sure many children think their parents are unfair but submitting to their authority is necessary for our

- Instruction,
- Protection,
- And Direction,

Kids that grow up without any rules or structure often become very criminal and unorganized in their lives. They cause much destruction and pain for their parents and even for their friends.

You might ask 'why do I need God as a friend?" I believe everyone needs God as a friend, not only because having Him as an enemy wouldn't be a good idea. There are many other reasons to have a friendship with God. Like the times when no one understands us and what we are going through. We need someone to carry our sorrows for us.

"Although the North American Indians had no written alphabet before they met the white man, their language was anything but primitive. The vocabulary of many Indian nations was as large as that of their French and English exploiters, and often far more eloquent. Compare the coldness of "friend" with "one-who-carries-my-sorrows-on-his-back."

--United Church Observer

What a great definition of friendship the Indians had. ...

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