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Summary: It is possible to grow in grace? Of course it is and in the text James relates five steps one can take toward increasing in the grace of the Lord. They are: Sensitivity to the Spirit, Submission the Father, Standing against the Devil, Separation from th

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"?

Be Filled with the 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.

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.

3. Stand Against the Devil. v 7 b

". . . Resist the devil 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.

4. Separation from the World. v 8

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)

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


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