Wow! This journey is kind of fun don't you think? What have you learned so far? Let's roll backwards a bit and see what stuck out at us? I have read this chapter many times before, but breaking it down has helped to see these are instructions to live as Christ did. You see, James came to know his half brother's life's mission later. Yes, he grew up with him but he was not happy about what Jesus was doing, he didn't understand the full weight of it until after Jesus' brutal death and his glorious resurrection. He was behind the "curve ball" and he had something to say about it. So as we read it, we are reading it as he began to really understand it himself. He began to draw nearer to Him then he ever did before.
Have you written anything down yet? Have you tucked it away if you wrote it down?
As we journey into this Chapter 4 of James, it's gonna seem a bit rough and real. It may seem that He is kicking your personal beliefs or you may identify with it. Have you read ahead in this chapter? It's powerful and it's ripe for the picking, not pieces and parts but big bite size morsels.
I will be using several different sites for this chapter as it takes a few different views from others wise eyes as well. One is www.intothyword.com and the other is The Whisper of God. Isn't that a lovely title. I also switched to New King James this time. If you want to read it in the Amplified, go to www.biblegateway.com and you can read any version there.
So let's break it down. Ready?
Let's pray together. Lord, Jesus, we come to you again to hope, to dwell in your word, to grow in knowledge, to understand what you are teaching us. Lord, we are digging into some places that may or may not go with what is believed, Help my understanding. Open my eyes to see, open my ears to hear, open my mind to grow in your understanding and expectations. Lord, we ask this in your name. Amen.
James 4New King James Version (NKJV)
Pride Promotes Strife
jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:“God
resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”[c]
Here is one look at James 4:
James 4: 1-6
What reason does James give for others fighting?
Have you ever wanted something that wasn’t yours? (i.e. a toy, house, shoes) What was it? Did you ever try to take it from the person who had it or convince someone to give it to you?
Look up the ten commandments (Exodus 10). What is the 10th commandment? To covet is to want something someone else has.
When we want things others have James calls us “spoiled children”.
Talk about wants and needs. What’s the difference between the two? Give some examples of each.
When we act like spoiled children, who are we cheating (v.4)?
We are cheating God and He becomes our E___________.
How would it feel to know that God is your enemy?
Humility Cures Worldliness James 4
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.
So, so far we know that we need to Submit to God and resist the devil. In the last chapter we read about a Double minded man is unstable in all his way. We should humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord. So from https://thewhisperofgod.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/the-book-of-james-chapter-4-a-bible-study-for-families/ she asks these questions. Can you answer them well?
James tells us how to stay close to God so He can work in us. What should we yell at the Devil when he tries to get us to move in the wrong decision?
What else could you say to him?
We are supposed to yell at the Devil, but we are supposed to w___________ to God and he’ll be there. Think about it, when you do you whisper to someone? When they are far away or very close? God is always close to us. So close, we only need to whisper to Him.
Why do you think James tells us to get serious and get on our knees (v.10) so you can get up on your feet? Do you talk to God on your knees?
Let's continue on.
Do Not Judge a Brother11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver,[d] who is able to save and to destroy. Who[e] are you to judge another?[f]
She also mentions this. https://thewhisperofgod.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/the-book-of-james-chapter-4-a-bible-study-for-families/
James mentions the Royal Rule again in these verses. Do you remember what it is?
Who can you choose to love as yourself this week? How are some ways you will show them?
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[g] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
James 4: 13-17 From www.intothyword.com
Do you or your family ever make plans to do things together? James reminds us that we should seek God in all our decisions and seek His plans for us because He is the only one who knows our future.
When you have a decision to make, do you ever ask God for guidance?
When we make plans without considering God’s will for us do you think we are being selfish or faithful? Why?
James tells us that self-importance (selfishness) is E_____________. If we know the right thing to do and don’t do it that is evil too.
Have you ever done something you knew you shouldn’t? Did anyone find out? Did you ask forgiveness?
Close by praying together that God will give you the strength and wisdom to push the Devil aside and to seek God’s wisdom and direction in all you do.
So, how are you doing? This was a pretty heavy chapter. It is suppose to be. We are to really inwardly dwell so that we can change our outwardness and bring forth a Christ like love and honor to the Lord. I thought it was pretty heavy and really needed to bring in more help than I had inside me. Sometimes we need to call on help and there is a lot of it out there, but sometimes we have to know where to go to get the right help. I really enjoyed using The whisper of God she was very awesome in her teaching. Into Thy Word as well, very knowledgeable and deeper than I could have dug into myself. Yes, I would have used this in ministry because sometimes if someone has already done the work on something that is passionate for you.
So, for a few days we will soak on these four chapters and be back in a few days to finish up on Chapter 5.
Blessings and all his glory.