Submit Yourselves to God - May 12th James 4:1
Topics: Attitude, Commitment, Forgiveness, Grace, Humility, Pride, Quarrels, Repentance, Submission
+ If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?
+ What do families and friends commonly fight about?
James 4:1-10 (NLT)
1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. 4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy? 6 But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
+ What are the battles going on inside a person? (4:1-2)
+ What is the root cause of fights and quarrels between people? (4:1-3)
+ Why don’t people have what they want? (4:2)
+ Why doesn’t God give some people what they ask for? (4:3)
+ What does friendship with the world do to our relationship with God? (4:4)
+ Whom does God oppose and favor? (4:6)
+ When does God give us grace? (4:6)
+ How did James describe the way we should come to God? (4:7-10)
+ How does the devil react when a person resists him? (4:7)
+ What does God do to us when we have an attitude of humility before Him? (4:10)
+ How are we to speak to one another? (4:11)
+ When we speak against a fellow believer, what attitude are we having toward God and His law? (4:11-12)
+ What do most people think God wants from them?
+ How has your belief about what God wants from you changed over the years?
+ How does pride show up in our work? home? church? community?
+ Why does God oppose people who are proud?
+ What is the difference between pride and a sense of accomplishment?
+ How can a person tell when he or she has become proud?
+ How can we reduce or remove the pride from our lives?
+ What do we want from God most of the time?
+ Why do we hesitate to give our lives to God?
+ What sins of action and attitude do you need to confess to God today?
+ What can you do this week to draw near to God?
+ In what situations do you need to resist the devil this week?
+ What can you do this week to help you bring more humility into your life?