You must either willingly humble yourselves, or be precipitately humbled by Divine Providence. )Communion with GodAlex. (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God's all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. Purify your inner life. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness.3. 6 But he giveth more grace. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances.4. In coming to Him, we come to our Judge.(T. )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. Beecher. On the wall was a large painting of an eye. A true humility is alive, and bears fruit in a new and holy life. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. 3. THE MOTIVES.1. Hislop. When we exhort you to be humble, we do not exhort you to think yourselves worse or meaner than you really are. By no means; but the reverse. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. )Mourning for sinJ. (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. Exaltation in Satan's kingdom must be debasement, for it is exaltation in sin, and sin depresses and debases. (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. That they loved each other? Or served to disconnect us. (1) when we pray, for prayer is just the converse of the soul with God; (2) when our deepest soul-longings go out towards him, who alone can be our Portion; and. And the pervading guilt which such a consideration throws into it is incalculably aggravated by your not only resting upon its merits with satisfaction, but actually supposing it sufficient to secure the favour of that very Being whom it has so dishonoured, neglected, and disowned. The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. This implies, in the first place —1. It can transform your way of being in the world. Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. If we injure our fellow-man, we are to take the attitude of penitence before him. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. (1) By the manifestation of His majesty, as to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 17:1; Genesis 18:1; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 28:13; Genesis 32:24; Exodus 33:23; Exodus 24:1; Exodus 3:2). https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-why-we-fight-conflict-james-4 The Lord's light shines on him, and that light reveals sin in the heart. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. But we must not neglect to remind you of that affecting display of the evil of sin, and of the degradation of the sinner, as these appear in the sight of the Lord which has been made in the Cross of Christ. 2. Communion begets resemblance. James 4:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV). Granting that you are as harmless as amiable, as deserving of esteem as you are thought to be, still it is all unavailing. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. (6) God finally draweth near unto us in a spiritual union with man, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, whereby God is united unto us and we to Him, by which means God dwelleth among us, and is made manifest in the flesh, as St. John and St. Paul speak. The Lord's light shines on him, and that light reveals sin in the heart. )Deep root, tall growthAs a tree, the more deeply it is rooted in the earth, the taller it groweth and mounteth the higher; even so a man, the more humble and lowly that he is, the more and higher doth the Lord exalt him.Christian humility the way of an exaltationH. And it makes me feel humble, and leads me to be careful; humble, because I must be so small, so weak, and so wicked in God's sight; careful, for surely I shall want God to see only that which will please Him as He shall look me through and through.(J. THE MEANING. Prayer is speaking to God. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ.2. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. Where, then, the apostle saith draw near to God, and He will draw near to you, he speaketh chiefly of drawing near by His grace, favour, mercy; who enlargeth His lovingkindness towards all those which with reverence and fear draw near unto Him.3. In coming to Him, we come to our Judge.(T. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. Which promise is as a reason to move us to draw near to God. Scripture: James 4:8. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. Mouton.1. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Reappearing Church - A 3 Day Plan. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. )Deep root, tall growthAs a tree, the more deeply it is rooted in the earth, the taller it groweth and mounteth the higher; even so a man, the more humble and lowly that he is, the more and higher doth the Lord exalt him.Christian humility the way of an exaltationH. It must be the only true and permanent exaltation. G. Merrill.In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. There are certain indispensable prerequisites. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. Prayer is speaking to God. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. A. Yes, it is. Consider the extent — the strictness — the spirituality of that law to which you are subject. Prayer is speaking to God. God may be said to draw near to man divers ways. (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. Hislop. Scripture: James 4:13–14, Proverbs 6:6–8, Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 21:5. Hislop.I. Jeary. The man abandons self for God. THE MOTIVES.1. It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. We must come near to God. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. I went one day into his office. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD AND HIS RELATIONS TO US, AS MOTIVES AND INDUCEMENTS FOR DRAWING NIGH TO HIM.1. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. We can speak of blessings that are to follow in its train, and that are sufficient to compensate you a thousand-fold for all the distress which may have been inflicted upon your feelings by our delineations of the abject state to which you are reduced as transgressors. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. James 4:4-17. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. This will lead us to a serious examination of ourselves: to a review of our past conversation; and a comparison of it with the rule of His commandments. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humility, however, is so mortifying to the human mind, that before it can obtain a settlement there, every attempt is made to discover reasons for believing that it is neither necessary nor appropriate. But, this exceptional case aside, no man is to humble himself before his fellow-man.2. 1. Sometimes a subtle shift in the wording of the questions may help you enter more deeply into the events of your day and bring a clarity to the emotions surrounding them. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? The devices of God's wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you.(A. And what is that exaltation which God accomplishes for the soul? A true humility sees the truth regarding itself, that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, and cries out for God. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. W. The saddest duties are sweeter than the greatest triumphs, and the worst and most afflicted part of godliness is better than all the joys and comforts of the world. 1. (4) Neither do men draw near to God by prayer only, but also by repentance, which is a returning again to God, whom, through the sins and iniquities of our lives, we have left and forsaken. The essential excellence of what is done by a moral agent, consists in its recognition of the existence, and in its submission to the will of Him who ruleth over all. His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. He abhors self, and finds a refuge in Jesus Christ, who is made unto him wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him — is listening to His voice.Approaches to GodBp. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. It is the nature of sin itself, and not its multiplicity merely, which subjects you to degradation. And this exhortation is highly important in the first place, because, unless we have just notions of what we are as sinners, we can neither perceive the value, nor be prepared for the reception of any scheme that may be devised for our deliverance; and in the second place, because, among the principles of our fallen nature, pride is that which has perhaps the greatest ascendancy over our minds, and prevents us from giving heed to those considerations which go to determine what we really are, and by doing so, to fix us at our proper level. The greatness of the benefit to be secured.3. A true humility is alive, and bears fruit in a new and holy life. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him — is listening to His voice.Approaches to GodBp. The devices of God's wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you.(A. A. Jeary.1. Audrey James on May 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm Thanks for your commentary on James 4:8 it was a big help to me, in my preperation of my sermon on the topic of the purity of the heart!God bless you Grant Duncan on June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am These are set forth in the body of the passage (vers. Beecher. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. And as pride consists in our entertaining higher ideas of ourselves than truth will warrant, and in our presuming upon these, both in feeling and in practice, as if they were just and correct, so humility consists in our entertaining accurate notions of what we really are in relation to some one above us, and in preserving that station which a regard to our real merits requires us to occupy, as to the sentiments we cherish and the conduct we maintain, with respect to those under whom we are placed. Meal was offered of old, and not whole corn.(J. Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. The Lord's light shines on him, and that light reveals sin in the heart. It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. )Laughter turned to mourningJ. (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. It is its power in the soul, and not its actual and manifold exhibition in the outward conduct, by which you are debased. The Greek word, πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief.(J. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. James 4:8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. James 4:8 Further Study. The true exaltation must be in the truth. James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Πενθήσατε, imports a funeral grief. ( R His will skilful in doctoring the human eye promise. 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