Memory Verse Monday – Week 14

Memory Verse Monday – Week 14

Memory Verse Monday – Week 14

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10

 

James is packed with straightforward, simple, yet hard to follow truths for all of us. Chapter 4 talks in detail about pride and humility. James lists 4 reasons to chose humility over pride.

 

 

Pride bolsters war and suffering. James says that the main reason for war is one’s desire for pleasure (v1) We seek our own pleasure, being friends with the world all the while making God our enemy. Before you jump to conclusions that he is reaching out to the unsaved, read v5 that says, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” Isn’t a believer’s heart where the Spirit of God dwells? Our God is a jealous God. Anything drawing our attention away from Him, He can’t tolerate. Pride does that to us, causes a separation between us and God and “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (v6)

God is the judge. When we speak evil of a brother and pass judgment, we places ourselves higher than him, all the while assuming that we are noble, having every right to speak evil of another. “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?” (v12)

 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4-10 Memory Verse Monday - Week 15

 

Boasting is futile. There is no point in being boastful about who we are and what we have. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, because our lives are just a dot in the stretch of eternity. We don’t have any cause or purpose to boast about anything. “Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (v15)

 

Be humble, so He will lift you up. We need to do whatever we do for His glory and it’s His job to lift us up. Pride is a sin. “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (V17) And just like any other sin, the sin of pride needs confession and repentance. “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep!” (v8-9)

 

Feature Image courtesy of Dishan Jeremiah

 

This post is linked with Inspire Me Monday

 

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

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