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James 4 - NIV

Submit Yourselves to God

1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4 You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, 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 he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b] ?

6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[c]

7 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.


a. James 4:4 An allusion to covenant unfaithfulness; see Hosea 3:1.
b. James 4:5 Or that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely; or that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously
c. James 4:6 Prov.?3:34

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Mark H. Stevens ThD avatar
How Can We Resist Temptation?
Shared by: Mark H. Stevens ThD on Jan, 2017
Summary: Flip Wilson the famous Comedian used to say "The Devil Made me Do it!".....it was funny but not true, The Devil cannot MAKE YOU do anything! (James 4:7)
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: James 4:7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 78
Greg Burcham avatar
Shared by: Greg Burcham on Sep, 2016
Summary: This sermon deals with some of the reasons we fail to draw close to God and the virtues of being close to God.
Scripture: James 4:8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 938
Mike Rickman avatar
The Cost of Servanthood
Shared by: Mike Rickman on Aug, 2016
Summary: Submitting yourself to God will cost you... but the benefits are out of this world.
Scripture: James 4:6-7
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 378
Augusto Rodriguez avatar
Someterse a Dios nos Lleva a una Vida Victoriosa
Shared by: Augusto Rodriguez on Jun, 2016
Summary: Hoy la gente anhela una vida victoriosa, o la que comúnmente llaman una vida de éxito, por lo que para nosotros también, toda persona puede tener una vida victoriosa.
Scripture: James 4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 503
Craig Condon avatar
How to Get What You Really Want and Need
Shared by: Craig Condon on May, 2016
Summary: The cure for conflict is the grace of God. The good news is that God gives even more grace when the pressure increases, especially to the humble.
Scripture: James 4:1-10
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 161
Rick Crandall avatar
How to Grow Closer to God
Shared by: Rick Crandall on May, 2016
Summary: 1. Choose to be friends with Christ (vs. 4-5). 2. Humble your heart before God (vs. 6-7a & 10). 3. Move toward the Master (vs. 8). 4. Complete your cleansing (vs. 8-9). 5. Trust God for your triumph (vs. 6-10).
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Scripture: James 4:4-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,728
Juan Quintero avatar
La humildad abre puertas
Shared by: Juan Quintero on Apr, 2016
Summary: La Palabra de Dios tiene respuestas para todos los aspectos de nuestra vida, es también un libro que trata sobre los temas profundos de la mente
Scripture: James 4:10
Views: 288
Davon Huss avatar
What Causes Fights and Quarrels?
Shared by: Davon Huss on Mar, 2016
Summary: Let's talk about these 6 relationships killers (Material adapted from Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp's book, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Chapter 4 Sin, pgs. 29- 40; and Chapter 8 Obstacles, pgs. 77-90)
Jason Duhon avatar
A Nation, Humble In Prayer
Shared by: Jason Duhon on Mar, 2016
Summary: One of the chief reasons for the current downward spiral of America is our refusal to humble ourselves before God. As long as we refuse to acknowledge our sins before God, we will not be blessed.
Scripture: James 4:1-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 168
David Henderson avatar
"The Key to getting God's Attention"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2015
Summary: When Jesus rode into Jerusalem with all the crowds following Him, he was giving them the opportunity to make a decision. And the decision was simple. Would they submit their lives to Jesus? Would they choose to follow Him?
Series: FaithWorks
Scripture: James 4:1-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 442
Paul Clemente avatar
Submit To God
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Dec, 2015
Summary: What does it mean to submit to God?
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:7-10
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 272
Paul Clemente avatar
We humans sin but God still loves!
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Dec, 2015
Summary: If a Christian humbles himself/herself (depend on and trust in God’s grace), God will show favor!
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:4-6
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 216
Paul Clemente avatar
Church Fighting?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Nov, 2015
Summary: What causes problems in the church?
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:1-12
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 445
Lonnie  Erwin avatar
Drawing Near To God
Shared by: Lonnie Erwin on Nov, 2015
Summary: James primary reason for writing his book was to bring Christians closer to God. He has illustrated the pitfalls and blessings for the Christian who desire to develop a closer relationship to getting closer to God by avoiding the pitfalls.
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:8-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 662
Daniel De Bruin avatar
Prayer unlocks the glory
Shared by: Daniel De Bruin on Nov, 2015
Summary: The church needs to understand that our praise and worship should not be a substitute for prayer. Prayer is vitally important in the lives of Christians.
Series: Prayer
Scripture: James 4:3
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 619
Craig Condon avatar
The Devil Made Me Do It!
Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
Summary: The devil is part of earthly wisdom, and James contrasts earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. People’s lives reflect the source of their wisdom.
Dave McFadden avatar
“Counsel Concerning Deliverance From Turmoil”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Aug, 2015
Summary: James describes how Christ-followers can become peace makers.
Scripture: James 4:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 537
Larry Turner avatar
A Rut Stuck Life
Shared by: Larry Turner on Jul, 2015
Summary: People live lives digging spiritual ruts, stuck in them. and lving in them. This sermon looks at whta those lives look like and how to get out of that rut stuck life.
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Lord, I Surrender
Shared by: Dr. Phillip Paschal on Jun, 2015
Summary: Godly Submission
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Scripture: James 4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,809
Greg Gordon avatar
No To Worldly Joys and Yes To the Eternal Crown
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. - James 4:4 Though it is so easy to feel at home in the world with its a ..
Greg Gordon avatar
Running From The Sin of Pride
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” - James 4:6 It is a sin we have all had at one point and even continue to deal with everyday as believers. It is the first sin in the Bib ..
Scripture: James 4:6
Views: 171
Paul Basehore avatar
Walking with Jesus
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Apr, 2015
Summary: The only way we can succeed at the other spiritual lifehacks is to walk with God. But what does that look like, and how do we do it?
Greg Nance avatar
How to Submit to God
Shared by: Greg Nance on Apr, 2015
Summary: James explores the symptoms of worldliness, the spiritual condition of worldliness and the escape route from worldliness. What a helpful word from God for us!
Series: James
Buffy Cook avatar
How To Start & Stop Church Wars
Shared by: Buffy Cook on Apr, 2015
Summary: "For Dummies" books are a raging success! Why? Full of practical wisdom and simple "How To's" Wouldn't a "Christianity for Dummies," a book full of practical wisdom & simple How Tos on how to live out our faith, be great? James & this series is JUST THAT
Scripture: James 4:1-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 267
Paul Basehore avatar
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Apr, 2015
Summary: What is submission, how do we do it, and to whom are we supposed to submit?
Jim Butcher avatar
Seven Signs Of Pride In Your Life
Shared by: Jim Butcher on Mar, 2015
Summary: It's difficult to see pride in yourself. This message identifies seven areas where our pride often rears its ugly head.
Series: Pride
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: James 4:6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,980
Ronald  Thorington avatar
#3 False Gospels
Shared by: Ronald Thorington on Mar, 2015
Summary: This sermon exposes the errors of the "Cheap Grace" gospel.
Rodney Coe avatar
Battle Plan for Victory
Shared by: Rodney Coe on Feb, 2015
Summary: We need a battle plan to submit to God and resist the devil.
Series: James
Rodney Coe avatar
Conflict in the Church
Shared by: Rodney Coe on Feb, 2015
Summary: Why does conflict happen in the body of Christ?
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,181