Five Steps To More Grace.
James 4:5-10
{5} Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"? {6} But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."     {7} Submit therefore 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} Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. {10} Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

INTRODUCTION:
We should desire more grace. The text gives five areas for our advancement in grace.

1. Sensitivity to the Spirit. v 5

2. Submission the Father. v 6-7 a

3. Stand Against the Devil. v 7 b

4. Separation from the World. v 8

5. Seriousness in Purpose. v 9-10
 
 
 

1.    Sensitivity to the Spirit. v 5  
{5} Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?

A.    Sensitive to the . . Design of the Spirit in Scripture. v 5 a
 

B.    Sensitive to the . . Desire of the Spirit. v 5 b
 

C.    Sensitive to the . . Dwelling of the Spirit. v 5 c
 

Illustration
Eph. 5:18 We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. This command is plural meaning all Christians are to be filled; it is passive in voice meaning God does the filling. We can not work this up through our work we must be submissive to the work of God. It is also present tense meaning we are to be constantly filled with the Spirit.
 

Application

The First Step to more grace is a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
 
 
 

2.    Submission the Father. v 6-7 a  
{6} But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE." {7} Submit therefore to
God.
 

A.    Submission to the Father . . Recognizes the Opposition of God. v 6 a
 

B.    Submission to the Father . . Recognizes the Oppeness of God. v 6 b

SUBMIT
Strong's # 5293 hupotasso (hoop-ot-as'-so); from 5259 and 5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:

1 John 5:14 (NASB) And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
 

Application

The Second Step to more grace is a Submission to God.
 
 
 

3.    Stand Against the Devil. v 7 b  
        ". . . Resist the devil and he will flee from you. " v 7 b
 

A.    The . . Command. v 7 b ". . . Resist the devil . . . " v 7 b
 

B.    The . . Covenant. v 7 b ". . . and he will flee from you. " v 7 b

RESIST
Strong's # 436 anthistemi (anth-is'-tay-mee); from 473 and 2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose:

Gal 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (KJV)

EPH 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.}

2CO 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NASB) Be of sober spirit,be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. {9} But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
 

Application

The Third Step is a Resistance of the Devil.
 
 
 

4.    Separation from the World. v 8  
{8} Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
 

A.    Separation from the world through . . Nearness to God. v 8 a

DRAW NEAR
Strong's # 1448 eggizo (eng-id'-zo); from 1451; to make near, i.e. (reflexively) approach:

Matt 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (KJV)

B.    Separation from the world through a . . Inward Cleansing. v 8

CLEANSE - INWARD
Strong's # 2511 katharizo (kath-ar-id'-zo); from 2513; to cleanse (literally or figuratively):

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (KJV)
 

C.    Separation from the world through a . . Outward Cleansing. v 8 a

PURIFY - OUTWARD
Strong's # 48 hagnizo (hag-nid'-zo); from 53; to make clean, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally)

PSA 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

John 11:55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)

Application

The Fourth Step is separation from the world.
 
 
 

5.    Seriousness in Purpose. v 9-10  
{9} Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. {10} Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

A . . Displeasure with self. v 9

BE MISERABLE Only Time Word Is In N.T.
Strong's # 5003 talaiporeo (tal-ahee-po-reh'-o); from 5005; to be wretched, i.e. realize one's own misery:

Strong's # 5005 talaiporos (tal-ah'-ee-po-ros); from the base of 5007 and a derivative of the base of 3984;

enduring trial, i.e. miserable:
MOURN
Strong's # 3996 pentheo (pen-theh'-o); from 3997; to grieve (the feeling or the act):

Matt 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.(KJV)

Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

WEEP
Strong's # 2799 klaio (klah'-yo); of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. wail aloud USED 40 TIMES ALWAYS WEEP

Matt 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.(K JV)

TURN from Laughter
Strong's # 3344 metastrepho (met-as-tref'-o); from 3326 and 4762; to turn across, i.e. transmute or (figuratively) corrupt:

Strong's # 3326 meta (met-ah'); a primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly, denoting accompaniment; again

Strong's # 4762 strepho (stref'-o); strengthened from the base of 5157; to twist, i.e. turn quite around or reverse

To MOURNING
Strong's # 3997 penthos (pen'-thos); strengthened from the alternate of 3958; grief:

Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)

9 c. be DOWNCAST Only Time Word Is In N.T.

Strong's # 2726 katepheia (kat-ay'-fi-ah); from a compound of 2596 and perhaps a derivative of the base

of 5316 (meaning downcast in look); demureness, i.e. (by implication) sadness: KJV-- heaviness. (DIC)

Strong's # 2596 kata (kat-ah'); a primary particle; down (in place or

Strong's # 5316 phaino (fah'-ee-no); show KJV-- appear, seem,

B.    A Dependance Upon God

v 10. HUMBLE
Strong's # 5013 tapeinoo (tap-i-no'-o); from 5011; to depress; figuratively, to humiliate (in condition or heart): KJV-- abase, bring low, humble (self). (DIC)

Strong's # 5011 tapeinos (tap-i-nos'); of uncertain derivation; depressed, i.e. (figuratively) humiliated (in circumstances or disposition): KJV-- base, cast down, humble, of low degree (estate), lowly. (DIC)

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (KJV)

Phil 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (KJV)
 
 

CONCLUSION This Is a Handout for the Congregation.
 
 

TITLE: Five Steps To More Grace.

TEXT: James 4:5-10
 

1.    S__________ to the Spirit. v 5
 

2.    S_________ to the Father. v 6-7 a
 

3.    S_________ Against the Devil. v 7 b
 

4.    S_________ from the World. v 8
 

5.    S_____________ of Purpose. v 9-10
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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