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"How Do We Gain Humility?" (Wise Guy pt. 10)

November 28, 2021 - Jeremy DeBord

James 4:1-10 – Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Matthew 5:21-22 - “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.” 


James 4:2-3 - You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.


James 1:5-8 - If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; For the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.


James 4:4 - Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 


James 4:5 - Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us?”


James 4:6 - But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”


Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


Romans 5:20 - But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…


James 1:19 - You must understand this, my beloved let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 


Matthew 11:28-30 - “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


James 4:7-10 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

So how do we gain humility?


Submit yourselves therefore to God. (James 4:7)

  • “There was already a deep black wordless conviction in him that the way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin.” - Flannery O'Connor


Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:7-8)


Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)


Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. (James 4:9)


Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)

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