Summary: James gives us clear instruction on how to live closer to God.
More of You in my life
George Mueller was a man of faith and miracles in the 19th century preaching, teaching, and praying through the work God gave him. He was asked onece what was the secret of his service, George Mueller said: “There was a day when I died, utterly died;” and, as he spoke, he bent lower and lower until he almost touched the floor—“died to George Muller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will—died to the world, its approval or censure—died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends—and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.” —British Weekly
A man submitted to God and God alone. Whose whole life was so drawn near to God that he did not have time to give Satan audience.
I. Draw near to God
i) You have heard when we see the “Therefore” we need to find out what it is therefore:
ii) Therefore because of your wrongful praying, because of your clinging to the world, because the spirit is yearning jealously, because of the grace that is extended to us therefore “Submit to God” “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” what an invitation for us:
iii) Hermas said “The devil cannot dominate the servants of God who hope in Him with all their hearts. The devil can wrestle but he cannot pin. If then you resist him he will flee defeated from you in disgrace.
iv) The greek word for Submit means to obey or bring under control
v) Obedience is our spiritual obligation when we are called His disciples…
b) Seek (and find)
i) We are to Draw near to Him and the He will draw near to us not vice versa
ii) In the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis the book The Voyage of the Dawn Trader shows one of the characters Lucy desperately seeking the presence of Aslan the Lion when suddenly he appears before her.
(1) “Oh Aslan, she says, “it was kind of you to come.”
(2) Aslan replies, “I was here all the time, but you have just made me visible.” Lucy replied, “Aslan, don’t make fun of me as if anything I could do would make you visible.”
(3) Aslan says, “It did! Do you think I would not obey my own rules?”
iii) What are God’s rules to being visible? To being found?
iv) Why is the agnostic and the atheist crying out, “If there is a God where is He?” They can’t see Him or feel Him or experience Him in anyway. Why?
v) Because God says:
vi) Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD.
vii) This is replayed over and over in scripture In 2 Chron 15:2…
viii) Asa’s rise and fall…
ix) You see he sought and found and then in a period of peace he forgot… even to his death he would not seek the Lord…
x) Asa drew away from God and when we draw away from God Satan is right behind us… “Oh hello.”
xi) Resisting the devil reverses that… backing away from Satan into God
II. Resist the Devil
a) The Devils Tactic
i) The Devil has his tactics… to destroy, discourage, etc.
ii) (Magazine at the trash).
iii) If you have a moment of weakness and are not submitted to Jesus that wouldn’t be as easy to do.
iv) Satan wanted to ruin the day of this preacher / and the Sunday…
v) He picked the wrong day!!
vi) The Devil has tactics we have weapons
b) Your Weapons
i) It is the Word of God that enabled me to have a victory in that situation not a topical study on pornography
ii) It is the God’s Word which says “resist the devil and he will flee from you” it is “submit yourself to God” that gave me victory not statistics on how many men are addicted to porno.
iii) Our weapons are not carnal pop-psychology and psycho Babble
iv) it is the BIBLE…!
(1) The Lamp unto your feet (Is 40:8)
(3) IT is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12)