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Surviving Submission

March 22, 2015 Speaker: Series: Survivor: 2015

Topic: General Verse: James 4:1–4:10

SURVIVOR: 2015
“Surviving Submission”

Pastor Duane Cross | 03.22.15


“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” - Romans 6:16 (NLT)

“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” - James 4:1-10 (NLT)


I. CONSEQUENCES OF BOWING TO THE EARTH

“Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure.” - Ecclesiastes 2:10 (NLT)

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” - Ephesians 5:21 (NLT)

“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” - James 4:4 (NLT)

II. WE MAY CHOOSE TO BEND OUR KNEE TO GOD

1) Submit
2) Resist the devil
3) Come close to God
4) Wash your hands
5) Purify your hearts
6) Deep grief
7) Humble

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