by John Barnett

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Lessons in Humble Worship (10 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
James 4:4-10

Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God's greatness).

When you resist pride you are resisting the devil's foothold in your life. The two most pointed passages about believers and pride also include a warning about spiritual warfare? Both James 4 and this passage in Peter, cite the devil and his constant warfare against us in the context of pride.

Pride opens the door of our lives to the devouring influence of Satan.

That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY! Open with James 4.

James 4:4-10 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Humility not only closes the door to the prowling devil, it opens the door to worship. Nothing is more powerful about humility than the increased freedom in worship.

The conclusion of God's Word says all of us born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ be doing what one thing forever around God's Throne? Yes, endlessly offering humbly-adoring, reverently-lifted worship!

Humility is the most prominent feature of Heaven from our perspective as believers. Every believer we see in Heaven is constantly ...

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