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Sweet Surrender

James 4:1-10 (NIV)
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. 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, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? 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 the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 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.[1]

I.        Introduction:

II.      Fight the Greatest Battle: A Selfish Concentration (vv. 1-3)

A.      The Selfish Posture: A Combative Stance

B.      The Selfish Pleasure: A Controlling Desire

C.      The Selfish Petition: A Contaminated Prayer

III.   Form the Greatest Alliance: A Singular Connection (vv. 4-6)

A.      A Connection Independent of the World

B.      A Connection Intense with Desire

C.      A Connection Infused with Grace

D.      A Connection Inconsistent with Pride

IV.    Frame the Greatest Surrender: A Supreme Conquest (vv. 7-10)

A.      Submission to God: The Enemy Conquered

B.      Closeness to God: The Distance Conquered

C.      Cleansing of Self: The Sin Conquered

D.      Contrition of Heart: The Pride Conquered

V.      Conclusion:


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[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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