Knows Who Is In Control
March 27, 2011 Speaker: Series: Character References
Topic: Personal Growth and Recovery Verse: James 4:4–4:10
“Knows Who Is In Control”
Pastor Duane Cross | 03.27.2011
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God.” (James 4:4)
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
“Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
2 COMMON WAYS PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LIFT THEMSELVES
I) We lift ourselves by pushing others down.
James says slander is dangerous because:
1) It violates the law of love.
2) It puts us in a place of judging.
II) We lift ourselves up by climbing atop our accomplishment/accumulations/accolades.
“Now listen, you who say, “ ’Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:13-14(NIV)