• Vs 4-5 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
    • Wow. Just wow! He is in us and He wants all of us.
    • And if we are truly saved then we signed up to give Him all of us.
    • And yet, we do not live that way. Everything in this world pulls at us. It calls our name, gets our attention and then pulls us.
      • It is pulling us away from God. All worldly things do. What are worldly things?
        • For me, I believe it is anything not of God. So what is of God? Whatever He told us in His word. For example:
          • He told us to love Him and love others, if we are not we are being worldly.
          • He told us to produce fruit, if we are not we are being worldly
          • He told us to honor or mothers and fathers, if we are not we are being worldly
          • He told us to accept Christ as your savior, if we are not we are being worldly
          • He told us to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, if we are not we are being worldly
          • He told us not to covet, if we do, we are being worldly.
          • When we try to win the approval of man and ignore the approval of God, we are being worldly.
        • You get the idea. The Bible is full of God’s will. What He expects and wants from His creation. When we get out of that, we are being worldly.
      • So you may say, what about working? I have to work. Look it up in the Bible! God said we all should earn our food and keep. What about playing with my Grand kids, look up what the Bible says about children, your children and your children’s children! It is in there!
    • When we are being a friend of the world, we are being an enemy of God That hurts! I don’t want to be God’s enemy!
  • vs. 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    • More grace, grace upon grace!
    • Opposes the proud! Wars against them! Oh my, and that pride just keeps rearing its ugly head in me! God is opposed to it and wars against it! Help me God to fight against pride!
    • But He gives grace to the humble! Lovely! So when we are tempted, and we are told we would be and we are told Satan has to flee if we resist him, this is accomplished by the grace given to the humble.
  • Vs 7-10: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
    • I love these verses! Do we want to be lifted up by God? Or ourselves? Surely God! So James says, because of all these things he has already told us, then we need to do these things:
      • Submit ourselves to God!
        • Matthew Henry wrote: “Submit yourselves to him as subjects to their prince, in duty, and as one friend to another, in love and interest. Submit your understandings to the truths of God; submit your wills to the will of God, the will of his precept, the will of his providence.”
        • We are His creation, He is our God. Always keep that in the front of your mind.
        • Remember that God is for you, not against you, so when you submit to Him, He will work it out to the good!
        • Put on the armor of God! (Look it up if you don’t know what this is! It is important!)
        • Teach yourself to think about what would God want you to do in every situation.
        • J Vernon McGee said it is like going to the doctor. He prescribes medicine, you trust him and you take the medicine. It could be poison for all you know, but you take it because you believe the doctor has your best interest at heart. So too must we take the medicine that God has given us and trust that it is the best thing for us!
      • Resist the devil!
        • Wow, we just have to resist. Not fight, just resist!
          • Many times I don’t even try to resist. But when I do, I feel the power of God come into action I rest on that rock. I hide behind Him! And when I do this, I am very capable of avoiding and turning away from sin.
            • But we have to determine to. We have to resist!
      • Draw near to God and he will draw near to us!
        • Glory glory glory! We do not have to go all the way to Him. A little step on our part causes a big step on His. It causes grace!
        • It is like being a sheep.
          • You have a shepherd. He has a staff, He has words. He guards you You are not afraid of him or his staff. His staff guides you. And as long as you are near the shepherd, the wolf will not attack. But wander away from the shepherd and what happens?
        • Now how do we as people draw near to God? For some this may seem obvious. For others not so much. But I smile as I think how obvious it is, but we crazy people who think we know, of course how, we still don’t do it.
          • Repent! We cannot draw near to God holding on to our sin, holding on to the world, holding on to anything that puts a block between us and God! We will talk about this later in the rest of these verses.
          • Pray.
            • Talk to God, always! Paul says pray continually!
              • If we are in the middle of talking to God, then most likely when some worldly temptation rears it ugly head, we will not forget to ask God what to do, and for help!
              • If we talk to God, and listen to Him talking to us, we have a direction to go and are not just waiting for bad to happen.
                • We are like children. If we are left on our own with nothing to do, we get in trouble. But if we are given productive things to do, then we have less time for trouble.
                • I believe if you pray and draw close to God, He will start giving you some useful, fulfilling things to do.
          • Read His Word!
            • The Bible is full of God! Jesus is the Word! Get into it, read it, study it, learn from it, abide in it, love it, memorize it, treasure it, share it!
          • Worship Him!
            • When we are in the midst of real worship rather it be at church or home or in the car, we are much closer to God!
          • Try to please Him. Make the effort! Look for ways!
      • Wash your hands and purify your hearts! We who are double minded!
        • If our hearts are not pure, we are being double minded!
        • Wash your hands! See the dirt on you and get rid of it! Stop it!
        • Clean them with faith, repentance, and reformation!
          • Have faith in God to cleanse you!
          • Repent and know that God forgives!
          • And don’t do it again. (whew this talks to me! There are some sins I keep doing and keep asking forgiveness for, and then do again. I am in need of some reforming!)
      • Grieve, mourn and wail!
        • No be tripped up over this. There is nothing more worthy of grieving over than sin! We must morn our sin! We must be upset by it. How many times do we just flippantly ask for forgiveness without grief? Without mourning and wailing.
          • If we really get it, we do this. But the world has made some sins big and some little. And the times we really grieve, morn and wail is when we have made a mess of our lives or of someone else and we feel the repercussions of it in our life and then we turn to God to fix it. A lot of wailing may go on at that time.
          • But what about that pride that separated you from God?
          • What about that lie you told?
          • What about that coveting you had of someone’s relationship, health, house, money, joy….
          • What about that pain you caused someone with your harsh words?
          • What about that child you made stumble because of your acts?
          • What about that sin we don’t even want to deal with, and just keep doing?
        • The list can go on and on and on and on. But the point is, do we really grieve over these? We must recognize that all sin separates us from God and displeases Him. All of it is worthy of grieving, morning and wailing!
      • Humble yourselves before the Lord!
        • We cannot come to Him thinking we are all that! We have to come to Him thinking He is all that!
        • God will revive the spirit of the humble (Isa_57:15), He will hear the desire of the humble (Psa_10:17), He that shall humble himself shall be exalted,Mat_23:12,
        • Being humble is a very big deal to God. Jesus says the least with be made the greatest So how do we become humble?
          • First lets define it: tapeinoō tap-i-no’-o to depress; figuratively to humiliate (in condition or heart): – abase, bring low, humble (self).
          • We have to do it ourselves. We have to think of ourselves as we are without God and be humiliated by it!
      • And he will lift you up! Glory Glory Glory! To be lifted up by God is to truly be lifted up!
        • We try to lift ourselves up all the time! I am smart, I am pretty, I am sweet, I am kind, I am fun … I am popular … and maybe you are thinking I don’t think I am those things but I want to be!
          • What we most likely should be saying to ourselves is I want to be what God wants me to be.
            • What if that means you are ugly on the outside, but are living a life pleasing to God? Would you want it?
            • What if the only friend you had was God?
            • What if you were dumb as a rock in the worlds view, but treasured by your Heavenly Father?
            • What if you did not even think you are fun and no one else did either, but you make God smile!
            • What if the only lifting up you will ever get is when you are lifted up to heaven? Is that enough?
        • We have to ask ourselves if we are willing to stop trying to lift ourselves up and to just do what God has told us to do and when He lifts us up, that is the ultimate reward!
      • Other versions say He will exalt you. (Mat_23:12; Luk_14:11; Luk_18:14) Use the same words.
      • I believe if we draw near to Him humbly, wailing and repentant, He will will do to us like the Father did to the Prodigal S on. God is willing to show mercy to the humble and contrite, and to receive those who are truly penitent into his favor. Compare Luk_15:22.