James Chapter 4 Discussion Page 2



 
  • Jesse - in Reply on James 4:10
    Marti,

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord. The word humble in James 4:10 is a command, but it's in the Passive Voice. It is literally be humbled in the sight of the Lord. That's what it would literally read.

    Every time there is a command for to be humbled in the scriptures, it's always in the Passive Voice which means submit to God's humbling process. He humbles us.

    You see, if I humble myself and bring myself before God, that's pride. It would be like "Here I am Lord, your humble servant. I have come humbly before you!" And the Lord is probably going "Let's try that again because I can't accept that."

    So when God brings us low, we are supposed to submit to it. And then the promise is that He shall lift you up.

    If you start at James 4:7, and keep in mind that these are Jewish believers who are in difficult and hard situations. They are afflicted. They are mourning. They are weeping. And they are attempting to change their circumstances into laughter and joy in order to encourage themselves.

    The command is let yourself be afflicted, let yourself mourn, let yourself weep, let your joy turn into heaviness, and your laughter into mourning.

    In other words, take the low road. We all want to feel good. We all want to feel encouraged. We all want to think positive. But James is saying take the low road.

    If you're in affliction, and choose affliction and mourning, weeping and heaviness, and mourning so that you can experience the grace of God rather than attempting to in your own human resources make yourself a happier person and make yourself feel better about yourself, that's the road to be on.

    He's not saying that you should not feel good about yourself. He's just saying choose the difficult road. Don't keep trying to get out of it. God is humbling you for a reason. He's bringing you low so that you come to Him.
  • I AM THAT I AM: on James 4
    Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? God resists the proud but gave grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another brethren.
  • Frankzdrrik on James 4
    verse 4 pointed out that friendship with the world is making himself an enemy of god..why?because the whole world is under the control of satan and his allies using religions,politics and commerce to impose traditions, customs and occassions.It is now clear that the enemy of god participates or involves in traditions customs and occassions. 1john 2:15-17, john 17:14-16, john 15:19
  • Teri on James 4
    I think if alot of us would re-dedicate ourselves to the pure words of the Lord, we will see revival. This chapter is an exortation!
  • Patty Tozi on James 4
    LORD I OFFER MY LIFE TO YOU: Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the journey through life-- But to be a Beacon of Light so that others may find their way. .. The Lord never fails to give us new Blessings every time we wake up. Waking up alive and well is already a miracle. A BLESSING WE OWE TO HIM: PRAISE HIM ALWAYS!!!
  • Livinus Adi on James 4
    We must do the good things we have known from the word of God,because any believe who fails to implement the good things as opportunity present itself will receive the same reward as a sinner.
  • Child Of God! on James 4
    You have to resist the devil and in Jesus name, he will flee from you I tell you he will flee!!! LOVE GOD PEOPLE LOVE GOD IN YOUR FAITH AND YOUR WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE GOD
  • Jeannie Myers on James 4
    I so agree with you. Praise God and His Word for knowing how to live life here and after in eternity with Him! I cannot wait! God Bless!!
  • Noah Andrews on James 4
    This is such a powerful passage in scripture! We need to be asking the Lord the right things for the right reasons. God will not hear our prayers if we don't. God help me to humble myself daily, and to realize that without you i an do nothing. Generation z needs this truth! They need God! America is sinking fast we need revival, and this is where it starts! By getting our hearts pure for His Glory
  • Irene Taylor - in Reply on James 4
    Isaiah 59:2 - God does not hear ONLY the prayers of the wicked. Luke 5:32 and Rev 3:19 - The repentive heart of the sinner, the one whom falls short, the LORD will hear. Phillipians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God.
  • Noah Andrews - in Reply on James 4
    Yes that is true but also God said if we hide iniquity in our hearts He will not hear us! That means what it says.
  • Frank newman on James 4
    THE BIBLE TELLS US SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD THE ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU. BESIDES THAT THE DEVIL DO NOT HAVE ANY POWER OVER US,ITS WHAT WE ALLOW HIM TO DO. BUT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST GAVE US VICTORY IN ALL WE DO. BUT YOU GOT TO PUT HIM FIRST IN YOUR LIFE.
  • Lilian on James 4
    Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up. Thank you Jesus help me God to humble myself and vow down before you for you are worthy to be praise cleanse me Jesus from my unrighteousness i love you Lord Jesus amen
  • Denicia Robinson on James 4
    Submitting to God is a daily process. In this great controversy between good and evil a total surrender to the power of God, through a life of devotion and sacrifice, is our only remedy to overcome evil. The more we focus on Jesus and His Righteousness then the things of the world will go strangely dim. I pray that we will all love Jesus more, so that our appetite for sinning will become extinct.
  • Jeannie Myers on James 4
    We are to judge not the heart but the actions and by the fruits of others. Politics and Christianity the two MOST valuable things we can speak about are almost being hushed in this society today. God said to also put the Armour of God on daily, are we doing that Christian? How else can we expect to go out there and fight the fiery darts of the wicked? They come from all directions.
  • Lucy on James 4
    The book of James is a good book to read, but we must go back to the beginning, where it all began and where we became as one, it was God that destroyed the earth and all that was on it, and then began again with Noah and his family. We are all the same the only difference is male and female, and good and evil, remember Good is God, so we should try to be good to one another.
  • Jon on James 4
    This chapter was discussed at my church today. I've been praying for a lot of things for sometime, and have almost gave up. Why has God not answered my prayers. In some ways the things I wanted were for me. I wanted to be blessed to continue to sin per say. This is the chapter I needed to see what I have been doing wrong for so long.
  • Mike on James 4
    jame chap 4 is one of my favorites
  • LaRue Evans on James 4
    It's wonderful to be able to read chapters of the bible online. It is an uplift to my soul.
  • A disciple on James 4
    What we should already have as an ingrained fact in our minds; is that which the Lord already has told us of, everything to expect, and that all of our Brethren, before and after, commonly must experience; which is for the proving of our character, to whether we will be counted worthy to enter into the kingdom of God, and be called the companions of our Lord Jesus Christ: To him that OVERCOMES...!
  • Lords body on James 4
    James on war is true of all wars.
  • Robert Van Der Walle on James 4
    I Trust God"s Word Always. Men Today Have Holy Fear Of The Wrath Of God In Your Life
  • LadyA on James 4
    I need the Lord to keep me humble and meek. Trusting God as I walk on the path of righteous. I believe!
  • BSP on James 4
    We must humble ourselves. This can mean performing lowly tasks and readjusting our view of ourselves and others. Jehovah God is sure to take notice of such humbleness in an individual and will exalt that individual in due time.
  • Robert Doss on James 4
    I believe that when we can Humble ourselves without hesitation we are experiencing our Lord's love.
  • Godswill edet on James 4
    Submitting your self to God, is all it take. Jesus has won all the battle for us. Thank you Jesus.
  • Brianna vs.10 on James 4
    Patience is a virtue. We may have a tendency to push ahead and act as we see fit. However, we need to be humble, recognize we need Jehovah's help in all aspects of our lives, and seek his guidance through the scriptures. Then in due time we can receive a blessing.
  • Michele Pitre on James 4
    I needed to hear that today. There is always someone or something not happy with self.. I love mee
  • I AM on James 4
    Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them.
  • SK James on James 4
    We were made by God. We are His. To submit to God is to turn away from our own sinful will and return ourselves to Gods way. Anything less than this is selling ourselves short. Having been born on all Saints day and given the name James I am truly appreciative of being allowed the time to come to my senses.


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