If you want to continue using the old site, you still can here.

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.

11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.


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
d. James 4:11 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.

Sermons on James 4 More sermons: James 4

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: 80
Stephen E. Trail avatar
The Time of Our Lives
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Dec, 2016
Summary: A message to emphasis the importance of time management.
Scripture: James 4:13-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 5
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: 946
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: 509
Shawn miller avatar
The Brevity of Life
Shared by: Shawn miller on May, 2016
Summary: A reflection on how short our lives really are and the importance of making the greatest impact for God out of the short time that we have.
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
James Dorman avatar
Life's Short, Live it!
Shared by: James Dorman on May, 2016
Summary: First in a series based on a tweet. This sermon focuses on settling for no less than the abundantly life due to the brevity of life.
Scripture: James 4:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 370
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).
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: James 4:4-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,728
Troy Borst avatar
The Dash
Shared by: Troy Borst on Apr, 2016
Summary: Funeral Sermon for a BELIEVER using "The Dash" by Linda Ellis copyright 1996 as a base. It seems to be an oft requested poem at funerals.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 4:14
Views: 1,176
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
Paul Clemente avatar
Money Focus?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jan, 2016
Summary: What is our attitude towards money?
Series: James
Scripture: James 4:13-17
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 358
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: 280
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
Charlie Roberts avatar
Losing My Religion? "Scandalous"
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Dec, 2015
Summary: Some have forgotten their calling...they've been called in every direction, but have forgotten the true calling they received the day that the Holy Spirit moved them to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour...the day they became born again!
Luther Sexton avatar
The Dash
Shared by: Luther Sexton on Dec, 2015
Summary: The Dash is a message written from the thought that our entire life is depicted as a dash on our tombstone. Different emotions and stages of life are discussed.
Scripture: James 4:13-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 590
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
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 4:8-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 691
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.
David Henderson avatar
"Back to the Future"
Shared by: David Henderson on Aug, 2015
Summary: Now in this passage today we find a story that deals with the future and it tells the story of someone who was making plans but he was going about it in the wrong way. So let’s try to learn from his mistakes.
Series: FaithWorks
Scripture: James 4:13-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 504
Dave McFadden avatar
“Counsel Concerning Planning for Tomorrow”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Aug, 2015
Summary: James tells us that God centered planning can make our life worth living.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 4:13-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 650
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.
Dr. Phillip  Paschal avatar
Lord, I Surrender
Shared by: Dr. Phillip Paschal on Jun, 2015
Summary: Godly Submission
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 4:7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,817
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 ..